Forward Area Refueling Point: FARP

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Forward Area Refueling Point members are responsible for the tactical refueling of aircraft far from home, a central part of completing mission objectives downrange. The FARP unit’s responsibility is to act as an emergency gas station for aircraft whose mission takes them too far […]

Fire Prevention Week activities scheduled

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 2013 Fire Prevention Week will be celebrated Oct. 4-11 with a variety of educational and hands-on safety activities at Cannon Air Force Base. Some of the scheduled events include: Oct. 6 • Bells Across America Commemoration at 7 a.m. at the Cannon Fire […]

Diamond Sharp Airmen: Efficient electrician

By Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is the thirty-fourth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for […]

Run in remembrance

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Air Commandos from the 27th Special Operations Wing remembered the sacrifices made by Prisoner of War and Missing in Action service members by hosting a POW/MIA week. One of the events held was a POW/MIA Vigil Run Sept. 19-20, during which Airmen came together […]

Dora gets forfeit win

The Dora Coyotes have improved to 4-1 without having to step onto the field. Roy, which was scheduled to play at Dora on Saturday afternoon, had to forfeit out of the contest because injuries and a player ejection from a recent game leave the Longhorns with less than six players available for the 6-man contest. […]

Prep capsule — Floyd

Floyd (0-2) at Lake Arthur (0-4) When: 7 p.m. today Last meeting: n/a. Last week: The Broncos were idle, while Lake Arthur posted a 56-42 win at Hondo. Of note: The Broncos are hanging in with eight players. “The kids are working hard,” Floyd coach Steve Foust said. … They’ll have their work cut out […]

Revamped Dexter, Portales set for rematch

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer When Dexter visited Greyhound Stadium last fall to face the Portales Rams, both teams were relatively young. This time, both have more experience and are playing like it as they prepare for today’s 7 p.m. rematch at Dexter. Portales (4-0) comes in ranked third in Class 2A after […]

Events calendar — Sept. 27

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Fall Ball Dance — 7-10 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Open to students in […]

Water main leak patched

PNT staff Water has been restored to multiple homes and businesses on the west side of Portales after a water main break on Wednesday night left residents with little or no water. Public Works Director John DeSha said every one from Avenue K to U.S. 70, including the industrial complex and Eastern New Mexico University, […]

My turn — Repetition aside, “Riddick” movie worth viewing

Alisa Boswell

I must confess that I was a little disappointed in the new Riddick movie, “Lost in the Darkness.” As always, the awesomeness that is Riddick was worth seeing. It was great to see him “kicking butt and taking names” and surviving as he always does. The problem is that the movie is close to being […]

Kinetic founder Kelsey Prince says group trying to give back to community


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Kelsey Prince’s hopes to make her city better, especially the parks she grew up playing in, turned out to be more than a pipe dream. The 19-year-old Portales native said she was hanging with her friends at the city’s skate park, bouncing ideas off one another on ways […]

State biologist says prairie chicken population likely will rebound with summer rain


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer A lead biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said there is no cause for concern over a report released Tuesday that the lesser prairie chicken population dropped by 50 percent this year. Biologist Grant Beauprez said the decline is mostly tied to drought conditions […]

Airman enjoys laid-back feel of Portales


Editor’s note: This is the thirdmonthly series of profiles Portales transplants. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Senior Airman Nate Lunders chose Portales over Clovis when he was first stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. “I like the mentality here. It’s a little more relaxed than Clovis. It’s real laid back,” said Lunders, […]

Because of Jesus we have love

Joan Clayton

Imagine living in a world without love. I heard the story of a little boy who was asked to give some blood to save his sister’s life. He said “Yes,” with no hesitation. After the transfusion the doctor noticed tears in the little boy’s eyes. He asked the boy why he was crying. He replied, […]

Flag still resonates today

You have seen the bright yellow flags sporting the coiled rattlesnake, with “Don’t tread on me” boldly emblazoned across the bottom. But have you ever really thought about the phrase, and what it means? It doesn’t say, “Don’t offend me.” It doesn’t say, “Don’t refuse to give me what I feel I am owed.” It […]

Compromise foundation of country

A few things established by Republicans would include our National Parks, trust busting by Theodore Roosevelt, the Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act and the Interstate highway system by Dwight Eisenhower. Let’s fast forward to the present. Loosening and ending controls on the financial industry, supported by both parties, enabled the financial disaster we […]

Offering teacher bonuses not viable solution

The trouble with education reform is finding that elusive mix of what works. It’s clear that parenting matters, good teaching matters and an effective principal matters. It’s also true that smart curriculum is necessary. Since being elected governor, Susana Martinez has directed much effort at improving the state’s public schools. Programs, though, do not always […]

Police blotter — Sept. 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 9:27 a.m.: Warrant service, Portales. • 9:31 a.m.: Boy did not show up for school, Floyd. • 10:12 a.m.: Subject removal, 1500 block of West 18th Street. • 10:20 a.m.: Requested officer, 1000 block of Community. • 10:35 a.m.: Counterfeit money, 1700 block of […]

Water service returned to Portales

PNT Staff A water main break on Wednesday night left multiple homes and businesses on the west side of Portales with little or no water for hours. “It was from about Avenue K to Industrial (street), from Taco Box on west,” said Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said the break occurred  across from […]

Fishing Report — Sept. 26

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 Cabresto Lake — We had no […]