Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

Two shot to death in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man and a Lubbock woman were shot to death late Thursday night and police continued their hunt for a suspect into Friday. The shootings occurred as the victims traveled near Charlotte Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in west Clovis, police said. The slayings occurred around 11 p.m. Gary […]

New Deal author explains significance of WPA projects

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Compiled by PNT Staff Writer Celena Cordova Kathryn A. Flynn Title: Executive Director, National New Deal Preservation Association and the NMChapter of the NNDPA. Years of experience: I’ve been directly involved with researching the New Deal since 1990. Title of books: The New Deal: “A 75th Anniversary Celebration,” “Treasures on NM Trails: New Deal Art […]

Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

Farmers Market: Freshest produce in town

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer This year’s Portales Farmers Market is going well, farmers say, in spite of a few challenges. Market manager Margie Plummer, who grows near Portales, said the season is going well. “We have lots of vendors and lots of customers,” she said. Crops have done well for the farmers who […]

Two escapees arraigned in district court

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Two of four captured Clovis escapees were arraigned Thursday in district court. Javier Zapata, 19, and Raynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, 19, are each facing more than four years imprisonment for their Aug. 24 escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, District Attorney Matt Chandler told judge Robert Orlik at […]

It’s Their Job: Betsy Niece

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Job: Administrative assistant for Tucker Renovations, Inc. Time on Job: 11 years Background: Niece received an associate degree from Clovis Community College. She has helped her mother run Tucker Renovations and Tuck’s Car Wash since she was 16. What does your job entail? I answer phones, file, pay bills, and other […]

Abilene Christian takes Zias in three games

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team entered Lone Star Conference South Division play on a bit of a roll Thursday night, but the Zias couldn’t keep it going. Abilene Christian had its hands full with ENMU most of the way, but the Wildcats rallied from an 18-13 deficit late […]

Events Calendar Sept. 26

Saturday National Day of Action — City-wide clean-up day, clean up adopted highway miles. Information: 356-6662 or www.portalesnm.org Star gazing — 7:30 p.m. at Oasis State Park. North parking lot. Park entry fee applies. Information: 356-5331 or www.nmparks.com Sunday Altrusa Home Tour — 2-4:30 p.m. Information or tickets: Frankye King, 356-4212, or Dianne Parker, 356-8234. […]

LSC/SSC Soccer and LSC Cross Country Update

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Tucumcari man charged in child’s death

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man has been charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy, a spokesman for the State Police said. Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged in connection with child’s death on Sept. 19, said State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia. He is […]

Editorial: Risk-takers should suffer consequences

The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other peoples’ money in […]

Sept. 26, 2008 What's Happening

Friday Cosmic Family Fun Night — 5 p.m. to midnight, Cannon Lanes. Music, flashing lights, glow in the dark lanes, pins and bowling balls. Cost is $2.25 per game. Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play — 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Youth Center. Event open to all school aged youth. Mini Olympic games will be held. […]

Airmen compete to be Cannon’s fastest

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, passes the baton to his partner during a four-person relay run on Sept. 18. The run for the fastest male and female competition was hosted by the 27th SOSS. By Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez: 27th SOW Public […]

Deployment policy revised

By Master Sgt. Kat Bailey: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Effective Wednesday, Air Force officials here will implement policy changes to improve sourcing efficiency of 365-day deployments and ensure airmen receive adequate notification before deployment. The new policy sets the deployment “accept or decline” option at three calendar […]

Compete, but have balance

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I am a competitive person. Not too strange if you consider that my dad’s tender words in most situations that involved me and others were, “You must destroy your adversaries at all cost — I want to see destruction in your eyes.” And so I tried. I tried my […]

Cindy McCain: Military mom

MCT photo: Brian Baer Cindy McCain has one son at the U.S. Naval Academy and another serving in the Marines. Her father was a B-17 bombardier in the Army Air Corps during World War II. By Jill Zuckman: Chicago Tribune Editor’s note: Earlier this month, columnist Anita Doberman profiled Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic […]

Cannon airmen lend helping hand

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Kathryn Broersma, front, and Airman 1st Class Natasha Kendrick helped clear an old laundry room by moving mattresses into storage at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Portales Baptist Children’s Home Program Director Dent McGill said volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base […]

Airman promotes alcohol awareness

USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Tech. Sgt. Marisol Lozada, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron, speaks to students and counselors from Eastern New Mexico University during a health class on Sept. 17. Sgt. Lozada gave a presentation about alcohol issues. By Senior Airman Liliana Moreno: 27th SOW Public Affairs The overuse or abuse of […]

Cannon airmen graduate academies

Kirtland Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Class 08-6 • Tech. Sgt. Brian Thompson, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, graduated from the Kirtland Non-commissioned Officers Academy, was a distinguished graduate and Commandant Award nominee. Senior NCO Academy • Air Commando Master Sgt. Douglas Crank, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, graduated from the Air Force Senior Non-commissioned […]