Court to close

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Court is scheduled to be closed from 10 a.m. Tuesday though Friday for the staff to attend an annual conference The court is set to resume normal business hours June 29. People with court appearances scheduled during the time the court is closed won’t be penalized, according to a […]

Heritage Days Parade marches through Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Other than yet one more case of bad timing for the Portales High class of 1969, Saturday’s Heritage Days Parade went off without a hitch. The Portales High School Band marched with alumni and current members up Avenue O, U.S. 70, Second Street and down Abilene Street to City […]

Portales, Clovis high school reunions bring grads back

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Fall is traditionally the homecoming season for schools and their alumni, but summer has more than its fair share of happy returns as well. Reunions are in full swing for Clovis and Portales as former classmates get together to catch up and reminisce about the old days. This weekend, […]

Dogs main attraction at competition

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico If the dogs at the Curry County Special Events Center don’t know they’re the main attraction immediately, Heather Partain said, they figure it out pretty quick. “They pick up the nerves and everything,” from their owners, Partain, a pet photographer and dog handler, said at Friday’s American Kennel Club […]

Former lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Woman arrested in Clovis homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clifford Webber’s last words as he lay dying of a stab wound to the chest were “I love you,” according to the woman accused of killing him. Robbin Banister, identified as the 37-year-old Webber’s girlfriend, is charged with murder, two counts of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper […]

Man arrested in 1993 Roosevelt County slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas Sr. in Roosevelt County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Arnoldo Navarrette was arrested near Odessa, Texas, Thursday and charged with murder and aggravated battery, according to a news release from the Roosevelt […]

Cannon spouse launches business

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Lisa Thalleen talks to a customer about the natural ingredients in the berry smoothie that she ordered Tuesday at Chillers Nutrition. By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When Lisa Thalleen relocated to Cannon Air Force Base last November, she found that the cities of Clovis and Portales didn’t quite have […]

Commander monitors professional pulse

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Lt. Col. James Reineke serves as the chief nurse and Medical Operations Squadron commander, and does executive oversight for education and training of medical staff. Lt. Col. Jim Reineke keeps his finger of the professional pulse of the nurses and medical technicians at Cannon Air Force Base. For almost a […]

Training to become more routine for communities

Cannon Connections staff A military plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night could become a routine event across the region. A Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson confirmed the plane — which had many residents worried and local officials preparing for an emergency — was a U.S. Air Force plane conducting a […]

Pre-deployment checklist includes TRICARE

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Getting your family’s affairs in order during your pre-deployment days can be hectic, to say the least. With so much going on, it can be easy to overlook your TRICARE benefit — but don’t worry. Making sure your family has healthcare coverage while you’re deployed is as easy as […]

Defense Department plans morale, welfare, recreation survey

By Samantha L. Quigley: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are preparing to conduct the first militarywide survey to assess morale, welfare and recreation programs. “We’ve established standards for all the services,” Arthur Myers, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, said. “Now we want to get feedback […]

Cannon reservist aiding humanitarian mission

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DoD photo: Benjamin Faske Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Tiffiny L. Cicero is taking part in “Continuing Promise 2009″, aboard the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). By Dona Fair: Joint Hometown News Service USNS COMFORT, Colon, Panama — When most people leave their ship at this port city on the tiny ismuth that separates the […]

June 19 Commander's Action Line

Q: I made a cash purchase and showed my military ID at the BX, but was asked for an additional ID. Is this a new policy? A: Thank you for your question. No, we have not changed our policy of showing a military identification card when you make purchases while in civilian clothes to ensure […]

16th SOS holding flag transfer ceremony

27th SOW Public Affairs The 16th Special Operations Squadron will hold a squadron flag-transfer ceremony at 1 p.m. today to mark the official transfer of the squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., to Cannon Air Force Base. Detachment 1 of the 16th SOS stood up at Cannon in July, 2008, to which a handful of people […]

BX readies for renovations

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A facelift at the Base Exchange begins Saturday as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service begins a four-phase project to improve its offerings to its customers. According to Jeff Willis, the BX manager, the BX will maximize its available space and expand […]

Many outdoor options at Bottomless Lakes

Courtesy photo Bottomless Lakes State Park is located 15 miles southeast of Roswell. Trout fishing, biking, hiking, swimming, sailing, picnicking, camping and bird watching are some of the common activities that visitors can enjoy. Place: Bottomless Lakes State Park Location: The park is located 15 miles southeast of Roswell. It is roughly 122 miles, or […]

June 19 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: Roast turkey and baked or fried fish Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Chinese cuisine Wednesday: Carved roast beef and spaghetti Thursday: Mexican cuisine The Drop Zone 11 a.m.: Friday: Shrimp Po’Boy sandwich Monday: Club wrap Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs Wednesday: Southwestern chicken wrap Thursday: Green chili bacon cheeseburger Cannon Lanes 11 […]

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist M y 6-year-old daughter Anna

June 19 What's Happening

Friday 16th SOS Flag Transfer Ceremony — 1 p.m. Late Nighter — 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., The Landing. Music by DJ Damige and D-Jamz. Summer Dance — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for tweens and 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. for Teens at Unity Park. Includes karaoke and dance contest.