Cannon’s new mission approved

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]

City councilors officially adopt transportation committee’s study

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council officially adopted the year-long study that has produced the Portales Transportation Plan along with its recommendations. Work on the plan, done by a citizen and stakeholder group called the Portales Transportation Planning Committee, was directed by G.C. Engineering. It is wide-ranging, from a recommended northwest alignment […]

Wildlife specialist speaks at meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wildlife caused $28,000 in agricultural losses last year in Roosevelt County, according to a Department of Agriculture report. Pat Jaureguiberry, a wildlife specialist with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, spoke Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners about the various wildlife control efforts he is pursuing in the county. […]

Eye color doesn’t determine intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column, because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

Celebrity touts dictator, country

Editorial It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he had discovered […]

Aug. 22, 1981

• Congressman Joe Skeen recently meet with concerned citizens to discuss matters such as Social Security, welfare and food stamp programs, and issues faced by Cannon Air Force Base and concerns over changes to the Melrose Bombing Range. • Members of the Portales High School Ram Marching Band recently held a Rock-A-Thon. The event was […]

Temperatures soar past 100

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Portales experienced its first two triple-digit temperature days in 2007 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature climbed to a near-record 103 degrees on Monday after peaking at 100 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com The record high for Aug. 20 is 105 set in 1930, according to AccuWeather.com data that […]

New San Juan Village opens for students

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Communal living comes into play in most college students’ life. For Eastern New Mexico University students that experience just changed for the better. San Juan Village, the new student housing development at ENMU, is receiving rave reviews from students as they begin moving in for the fall semester, according […]

Biogas company eyes Clovis/Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers An alternative energy company is slated to build biogas facilities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. New Jersey-based White Hat Energy will build a $36 million biogas facility in Curry County to extract methane gas from cow manure, according to a release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The Clovis facility […]

County fair days arrive

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Roosevelt County Fairgrounds were abuzz with activity as community members were traveling to various buildings to place their entries for the upcoming fair that officially opens Wednesday. In the Home Arts Building, several people were still working on the display booths that are available for various community organizations, 4-H […]

Cannon Special Ops approved

Release #07-015 August 21, 2007   AFSOC TO STAND UP WING AT CANNON AFB OCT. 1   HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command got a green light to press forward with its plans to stand up a special operations wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.   Mr. William C. Anderson, assistant […]

Rams prepare for Saturday scrimmage

Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Less than one week away from Saturday’s scrimmage against Hatch at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl, the Rams offense and defense are much further along than they were at this time last year, according to coaches. “It’ll really be our first contact versus someone besides ourselves,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll […]

City youth football, flag football and adult volleyball registrations taking place

PNT Staff Report Football Tryouts City League football tryouts are being held Saturday at Portales’ City Park. Third and fourth graders will take the field at 9 a.m. followed by fifth graders and sixth graders at 1 p.m. The cost is $60 per child and players can register at the Portales Recreation Center through Friday […]

One sweet recovery

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Montie and Michelle Nickels of Elida wanted to get their daughter Hailey a horse. By doing so, they earned the trust of a new friend and saved the life of an abused animal. Nine-year-old Hailey Nickels showed her horse, Butterscotch, Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair youth horse […]

Review for Special Operations begins Monday

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wait to find out the future of Cannon Air Force Base is about over. The Secretary of the Air Force is expected to review proposed changes at Cannon this week as part of the base’s switch to Air Force Special Operations Command. Today marks the end of a 30-day […]

Church resumes fiesta

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer St. Helen Catholic Church members are hoping to revive their annual fiesta. This weekend’s fiesta is the first in about four years, according to fiesta organizer Sandra Salguero. She said the fiesta is not just for church members but also the community. “We want to get it going again,” […]

Fairgoers treated to update facilities

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Visitors to the 2007 Roosevelt County Fair will be treated to spruced-up fairgrounds. New bathrooms have been added, while those in the Pavilion have been refurbished. New air conditioning units have also been installed in the Pavilion. Several 4-H clubs in the area have worked on landscaping and beautification […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Local Briefs

Pioneers should register Roosevelt County Pioneer Day at the Roosevelt County Fair is Thursday. Residents who came to the county in 1956 or earlier will be honored. Pioneers can register beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Jake Lopez Building. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a vegetable, […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Rey Diaz, 30, and Amanda D. Berry, 21, both of Portales • Billy D. Carter, 71, and Dixie D. Hall, 70, both of Morton, Texas

Aug. 19, 2007 Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Lorenzo Jasso, 30, pleaded guilty to the charges of Count 1: Forgery and Count 10: Embezzlement ($2500), was ordered to serve three years supervised probation, and pay restitution. • Alex F. Valdivia, 37, pleaded no contest to the charges of Count 1: driving […]