Security Forces train with Clovis police

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron conducted breach-entry training with Clovis’ Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in base housing Dec. 12 to build rapport and share training tips with each other.  Four 27 SOSFS airmen participated in the training […]

Our holiday traditions

I love Christmas. Unlike a lot of families, we don’t have a lot of traditions in our house. We pretty much just go with the flow. Last year we were sleep-deprived parents of an infant, so the tree didn’t go up until two weeks before Christmas. Shopping was done when the baby was happy and […]

Petty maneuvering delaying budget for fiscal year

If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has no […]

Season’s spirit in giving, but getting’s fun

By Helena Rodriguez The spirit of Christmas is in giving rather than receiving. I must confess though, that being on the receiving end has made for some memorable Christmas gifts. Like many parents, Mom and Dad liked to surprise us girls with special toys. But after peeking into Mom’s stash of yet-to-be-wrapped gifts one year, […]

There’s always room at inn somewhere

By Baxter Black: Columnist “Well, that’s the last room, Rachael. We’re full up.” “We always are at tax collection time, Jake,” Rachael said. “I’m glad we moved here. I know you were worried about makin’ a livin’ in a little po dunk town, as some would say, but it’s gonna work; we’ve just got to […]

Santa’s helpers: Cops collect toys for needy children

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ police will be protecting and serving this Christmas holiday, but they’ll also be making hundreds of area children smile on Christmas morning. The Portales Police Department is once again providing toys and Christmas presents for needy Portales children and families through Operation: Santa Cop. Through the program, the […]

Christ greatest gift of Christmas season

By Joan Clayton Christmas is all about giving. There is no greater gift, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us for […]

12-21-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. M Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” needs help this year because she is a single mother and currently unemployed. Her holiday hopes: For her son to have a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Infants shirt size 6-9 months. Infants pants size 6-9 months. Infants shoe size 2. Toys […]

Breakfast program considered success

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A program that provides free breakfast in the classroom for grades K-5 is two years old in Portales and popular with students, teachers and administrators. Participation statewide in the program has grown statewide to the point where New Mexico now tops the list of states in a report on […]

Local VFW pays tribute to veteran’s memory

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Elida rancher Tommy McGee passed away in October 2004 at age 87, but his name will live on, thanks to a decision made by his friends at the Portales post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. According to VFW Post 9515 senior vice commander Duward Moon, it was a […]

Congress approves spending proposal

By Andrew Taylor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ending dual spending battles with President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into next year and government agencies through September. Bush was expected soon to sign the measure, which includes $70 billion for military operations in Iraq […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. E

Today’s focus: Ms. E Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. E” is a single mother who lost her job because she couldn’t find a baby-sitter. She has been unable to find a new job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 4T (for two […]

RGH receives trauma designation

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, […]

12-20 Local Briefs

Church plans Christmas Eve service The Trinitiy Episcopal Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. Monday at the church, 1116 W. Third St., in Portales. Information: Larry Mote, 356-5728

Councilors approve raise for city employees

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved expansion of the Yam renovation project and OK’d a 3 percent raise for city employees following a positive report as they made their mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday during their regular meeting. “Basically we’re very strong and healthy,” City Manager Debi Lee said. “We got our […]

ENMU staff member heading to Missouri

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PNT Staff Report St. Joseph, Mo. —The Missouri Western State University Board of Governors has named Robert A. Vartabedian its fourth president since 1969. Vartabedian has been vice president of academic affairs at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales since 2005. Vartabedian will succeed James Scanlon as Western’s president on July 1, 2008. “Dr. Vartabedian’s […]

Hospital officials talk universal health care

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital officials discussed the upcoming legislative debate over universal health care in New Mexico with board members at their regular meeting Tuesday and said the outlook wasn’t good for hospitals. Administrator James D’Agostino said he was flabbergasted by newspaper stories that Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., a group […]

12-19-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and has no money for Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have toys at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 12 (for two girls). Girls pants sizes 12 (for two girls). Girls shoe sizes 5 […]

Board approves sale of $4.5 million in bonds

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the sale of $4.5 million in bonds to help finance the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School at a special meeting Tuesday, allowing the project to proceed at full steam. “This is a proud time for you folks,” said Al Clemmons of George K. Baum and […]

12-19-07 Local briefs

Municipal Court announces closure The Portales Municipal court will close for the holidays on Monday and reopen on Jan. 2 with regular hours, according to a press release from the court. Anyone who has a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized but they should check in with clerks on Jan. 2, […]