Hometown Hero gets flight of lifetime

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Thunderbird pilot Maj. Scott Petz and hometown hero Ty Gonser are greeted Friday at Cannon Air Force Base by members of the Thunderbirds ground crew after a orientation flight.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com Ty Gonser didn’t expect any type of reward when he freed motorists from Winter Storm Goliath’s snow drifts. He just thought it was the right thing to do. The unassuming Clovis resident got his latest reward Friday morning, as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds briefly freed him from gravity. […]

Former Zia student comes back as Thunderbird

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Lead Solo pilot Capt. Nicholas Eberling receives a high-five from Kynlee Ulibarri, 3, of Clovis, after addressing a group at the Clovis-Carver Library on Friday.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com This weekend’s Cannon Air Force Base Air Show represents a homecoming of sorts for one of the Air Force’s Thunderbird pilots, who proudly sports Clovis ties and even worked as a volunteer during a previous Cannon show featuring the renown flight team. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Eberling attended Zia […]

Pages Past — May 28

On this date … April 28 1966: Montgomery Ward was selling 21-inch console color TVs for $449. A “new-type tube with a rare-earth element” made colors brighter, according to newspaper advertisements. 1946: The employees of Barnes Cleaners in Clovis had hosted a surprise chicken-fry supper at Hillcrest Park in honor of their boss, Buck Barnes. […]

Berry: Portable pool needs work

I drove by the high school on the last day of school and I was really surprised at how calm things were. I remember when I ended my school year, we celebrated with water. It usually involved water balloons, buckets and anything we could find to hold and then throw water. One year a friend […]

Q&A: Thunderbird loves calm and rush of flight

Capt. Nick Eberling

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Eberling has been performing with the  Thunderbirds for two years. The official Air Force demonstration team is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. today and Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Eberling answered questions in a telephone interview last week: Question: What is the coolest thing you have done? Answer: […]

Johnson: Pets can serve, too

Great sniffers, sharp eyesight, acute hearing, the strength and stamina to carry heavy loads, the ability to easily go places mankind cannot and the companionship they offer — animals have attributes that make them quite an asset when it comes to certain challenges. In an era of technology and motorized vehicles, it’s easy to forget […]

Local roundup

Judge sentences Clovis man A Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to four years for criminal sexual penetration, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Lonzell Wiggins, 45, was convicted in April of the charge, which stemmed from a November 2011 accusation he sexually assaulted a woman who fell asleep after drinking. […]

The Thunderbirds have arrived

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Staff Sgt. Andrew Kim cleans the exterior of the No. 6 jet.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com One distinct sound. One distinct look. One distinct bond. The Thunderbirds, the most distinct of the Air Force’s many distinctions, made their arrival Thursday afternoon with a noise that pierced the calm skies above eastern New Mexico and left smoke trails on a day with little cloud cover as […]

Vacation Bible school a staple of the season

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Students at Calvary Baptist Church’s 2015 Vacation Bible School dance and sing. Calvary Baptist is one of several local Portales churches to hold VBS programs each summer.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Right alongside the beach vacations and family vacations are the vacation Bible schools held by Portales churches. A variety of church denominations host these events as a way to help minister to children, according to church officials. “Religion is so important, and we need to feed these kids’ souls […]

Q&A: District 2 county candidates

The election for Roosevelt County candidates will be taking place this year, along with the presidential election. The primary will be held on June 7 with the general election on Nov. 8. Independents and minor parties will be able to file on June 30. Early and absentee voting have begun and will run through June […]

Brown: Baby farmer’s life starts on tractor floor

The back of my new book makes the claim that I grew up in a tractor seat instead of a car seat, and that’s mostly true. In fact, I’d wager that my time spent in an actual car during my childhood was statistically equivalent to not-at-all. As a baby, I suspect you’d find me in […]

Pages past — May 27

On this date … 1971: Most of the region was still talking about the “pleasant smell of rain,” according to local media. A gentle, soaking rain fell much of the previous afternoon, flooding intersections and stranding motorists whose cars could not function with wet electrical systems, but also giving hope to drought-stricken farmers whose barley […]

To do list — May 27

Saturday • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Sunday • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Wednesday • Registration day — 10 a.m. at Portales Public Library […]

Pet of the week — May 27

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Border collie mix Gender: Female Age: About 4 months old Breed: Border collie mix Personality: Calm, friendly This puppy was found as a stray. According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, she’s a big attention seeker, very friendly and playful. Martinez says this pup is great for a family that doesn’t want a large dog […]

Veterans groups to honor fallen

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The Portales American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations hold Memorial Day ceremonies each year to honor military members killed in the line of duty. Both organizations will be holding ceremonies on Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com With Memorial Day happening this Monday, local veteran’s organizations are set to hold events honoring their fallen brothers and sisters. The Portales American Legion’s annual Memorial Day program will take place at the Portales cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Col. Ahave Brown of Cannon Air […]

Program promotes health in county schools

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A state health program challenges local Roosevelt County students to be more healthy and active, according to Healthy Kids New Mexico Roosevelt County Co-coordinator Caron Powers. Powers hosted the 5-2-1-0 Challenge for second and third grade elementary school students in the Portales, Elida and Floyd districts, which is designed […]

Williamson: David Jones born century too late

F or those of us who knew and loved David Jones (and judging by the crowd who filled Faith Triumphant Church for his memorial service last week, that number is considerable), David’s untimely death came far too soon. When people talk about him, you hear the same words over and over: “compassionate,” “kind,” “caring,” “gentle,” […]

Pages past — May 26

On this date … 1971: A local school teacher was among thousands of Americans hoping to learn more about significant others who had been reported missing in action in Vietnam. Gail Cantrell, a 24-year-old Portales native teaching at Bella Vista Elementary School in Clovis, had plans to marry Air Force Capt. Alan Trent. They met […]

To do list — May 26

Saturday • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Sunday • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Wednesday • Registration day — 10 a.m. at Portales Public Library […]

Gearing up for summer

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Grace Coy, assistant children’s librarian at Portales Public Library, prepares their meeting room on Tuesday for the library’s youth summer program, titled ‘Ready, Get Set, Read’. The program begins June 1 and is  one of numerous activities for Portales children.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com With temperatures rising and local schools letting out, Portales organizations are preparing for the summer rush of children. The Portales Recreation Center is holding their annual summer programs, for members only, called Kidz N’ Motion. The program, which has two sessions, one from June 6 to July 1 and […]