Meetings Watch: Local Growth Management Committee – May 9

The Local Growth Management Committee met Wednesday at 321 North Connelly to discuss the following: The LGMC approved of an extension for the LGMC's Regional Growth Plan. The LGMC entered a contract with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments to finish the project by May 15. The extension will give EPCOG until June 15 to […]

Setting it Straight – May 9

A story about the Roosevelt County Commission meeting in Wednesday's edition included incorrect information. The commission rejected a $43,000 bid to purchase a forklift because $26,000 was set aside for purchasing equipment. The Portales News-Tribune endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact will be corrected in a timely and appropriate manner. Please […]

Events Calendar – May 9

Today Superintendent candidate meet-and-greet — 3 p.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices Board Room. Henry Montano, director of federal programs for Portales schools, will meet with the public. Information: 356-7000. Mother's Day Crafts — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Flower vases will be made. For ages 9-12. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation […]

Zias add trio of locals

The Eastern New Mexico University women's basketball team has added three former small-school state champions with local roots to play for the 2013-14 squad. The signings bring aboard junior college transfer Tori Tucker, who led Floyd to the Class 1A state title in 2011, and will reunite two members of the 2012 1A state champion […]

Portales drops two in doubles

Due to what coach Brian Kirchner estimated to be tight play, Portales' doubles teams went 0-for-2 Wednesday in the first round of doubles competition at the Jerry Cline Complex in Albuquerque. Mychael Sturm and Austin Lucero fell to Robertson's Michael Salas and Marcos Gallegos 6-1, 6-4, while Maribel Youngerwolf and Samantha Lopez were defeated 6-1, […]

Capitan edges Floyd in pitchers’ duel

CAPITAN — Floyd played in the type of game a purist would love Wednesday afternoon in Capitan, with four runs allowed and 25 total strikeouts with both pitchers going the distance in the Class 1A first-round matchup. "It was a baseball game; it wasn't one of those slugfests," Floyd coach Darwin Chenault said after the […]

My Turn – Many road signs can counter logic

I'm the kind of person who is always looking for signs. No, literally. Two that I pass on my regular forays up and down New Mexico 206 are "Watch for water" and "Dust storm area." The "Watch for water" signs sit, as one might expect, by low spots in the road. They look a tad […]

Q&A: Queen of the Dance

Trenna McKinley has been dancing since she was 8 years old. McKinley, an eighth grader, will be transitioning into high school next year and said she will be performing with the Portales High School dance team. McKinley attends the Spotswood Wilson School of Dance as a student in addition to volunteering there as a teacher […]

Portales man charged with sexual assault

A Portales man charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old girl was released from jail Tuesday on a $30,000 cash bond. Jose Zamora, 29, of Portales has been accused of raping the girl in March during an overnight stay at his home, according to the criminal complaint. Zamora was arrested on Friday and […]

ENMU employee charged with embezzlement

An Eastern New Mexico University employee has been charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from the university. Jeremy Phillippi, 26, was arrested Saturday after admitting to using a university purchasing card for personal hotel stays and gifts, according to an arrest affidavit. In addition to embezzlement, Phillippi is also charged with forgery of his supervisors' […]

Police Blotter – May 9

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 1:19 a.m.: Neighbor dispute, 700 block of South Main Street. 3:48 a.m.: Alarm activated, 2100 block of Hummingbird Lane. 7:57 a.m.: Domestic dispute, 900 block of West 18th Lane. 8:01 a.m.: Animal problem, 1300 block of South C Avenue. 8:20 a.m.: […]

Center offers rentals for outdoor pursuits

Purchasing gear and equipment for outdoor pursuits can be expensive. The Outdoor Recreation Center at Cannon Air Force Base offers an affordable way for airmen to outfit their expedition with rental equipment. Cannon Connections: Kevin Baird Dan Church, a technician at the Outdoor Recreation Center, is pulls camper to the shop to perform maintenance. The […]

HIMARS rocks Emerald Warrior 2013

U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) crew fires a reduced range practice rocket April 24 at Melrose Air Force Range in support of Emerald Warrior. Emerald Warrior simulated special operations components in urban and irregular warfare settings.The exercise leveraged lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation […]

National Fitness Month: Chasing a dream

In celebration of National Fitness Month, athletes from Cannon Air Force Base will be spotlighted each week during the month of May 2013. Courtesy photo When military spouse Andrea Bergen first arrived at Cannon Air Force Base in March 2012, she reconnected with a sport she had once loved, but recently neglected — running. At […]

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month kicks off

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Jette Carr U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Watson, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, and a student demonstrate Jeet Kune Do during the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month kick-off event May 5 at Cannon Air Force Base. The event included a martial arts demonstration, […]

Be your own auto doctor

U.S. Air Force photo: Desiree Ann Montenegro Justin Underwood, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron automotive worker, points a flashlight toward the undercarriage of his car to check for an oil leak at the Auto Skills Center May 1 at Cannon Air Force Base. The inspection was part of a routine training session to prepare […]

Fishing report – May 7

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes — Fishing was fair to […]

Flight kitchen keeps airmen going

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shimika Burgess, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, creates meals in the Pecos Trail Dining Facility flight kitchen May 2 at Cannon Air Force Base. Flight kitchen is open from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and serves a variety of foods […]

Military file: Matt Burgess

Name: Matt Burgess U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Colonel Craig Walker 27th Special Operations Wing Vice Commander, along with Chief Master Sergeant Marvin Neely present Master Sgt. Matthew Burgess with the 2013 Senior NCO of the Quarter award for first quarter April 26. Winners were selected based on outstanding accomplishments during […]

More than meets the eye: Bows, babies and business

Editor's note: This feature is the second in a series highlighting exceptional spouses at Cannon. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Whitney Tucker Surrounded by the tools of her trade, Raquel Aguilar, military spouse and entrepreneur, poses with her daughter, Callie at their home in Clovis, N.M., April 30, 2013. After learning to make hand-crafted […]