Salvation Army receives golden donation

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Salvation Army got a shiny and valuable surprise in one of their kettles Wednesday. Two Lady Liberty American Eagle gold coins were dropped into the kettle in front of Wal-Mart. After some research, Maj. Tammy Ray found out the one-ounce $50 gold pieces are worth about $1,200 […]

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

Wright returns punt for TD in 35-7 win over Army

By Pat Graham: The Associated Press AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Air Force linebacker Andre Morris Jr. didn’t lead the team in tackles, didn’t have any sacks, and didn’t really turn in any spectacular plays. Still, he may have made the biggest impact of all in Air Force’s 35-7 win over Army on Saturday. […]

Air Force to honor Texas victims before Army game

The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy will hold a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims at Fort Hood before Saturday’s Army-Air Force game. Academy spokesman Troy Garnhart says the observance will also honor soldiers from nearby Fort Carson who’ve been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The […]

Army: 12 dead in attacks at Fort Hood, Texas

The Associated Press FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

Jan. 30, 1946

Lt. Col. A. D. Tuttle was planning to reopen his medical office in Portales after serving 45 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, a year of which he served in New Guinea.

Jan. 21, 1968

A Salvation Army used clothing store opened

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Screening process falls under scrutiny

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Under pressure from Congress and following the Army’s lead, the Department of Defense has imposed a more rigorous screening process on the services for separating troubled members due to “personality disorder.” The intent is to ensure that, in the future, no members who suffer from wartime stress get tagged with […]

Salvation Army, ministerial alliance partner

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Salvation Army is partnering with the Portales Ministerial Alliance to raise funds this holiday season. Volunteers under the direction of the ministerial alliance will ring bells and “collect funds to be used for benevolence in this county,” said Dave McVey, president of the ministerial alliance and pastor of […]

Falcons top Army in slugfest

Defense Department photo: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley U.S. Air Force Academy quarterback Tim Jefferson keeps the football and attempts to run for the first down in their 16-7 defeat of the U.S. Military Academy on Nov. 1 at West Point, N.Y. By Maj. Don Kerr: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs […]

Military addresses need for linguists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Army Sgt. Amy O’Keefe, a signal intelligence specialist, was frustrated while in Iraq in 2003 trying to tell local women they needed to be searched for weapons before they could enter Army health care clinics. “There would be people here or there who could speak enough English where we would […]

It’s Their Job: Jim Whary

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Jim Whary Job: Park Manager at Oasis State Park Background: After serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, Whary moved with his wife from the East Coast and started training on the job at Oasis. Time on the job: 14 years What does your job entail? I’m responsible for […]

Sept. 12, 1941

Portales prepared for a state-wide blackout, in which Flying Fortress bombers of the U.S. Army were to fly over the city, making New Mexico the first state to participate in a mock invasion during World War II.

Fiesta comes to St. Helen

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A mini army of parishioners were making preparations for the 37th annual St. Helen’s Fiesta in Portales. The fiesta will be held Friday through Sunday and include food, game booths, live Christian music, bingo and a car show, said St. Helen executive administrator, Elvia Garcia. Members of the St. […]

Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

Editorial: Take a moment to remember on Memorial Day

Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died for us. They […]

Elida graduate receives Army commendations

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer An Elida High School graduate was recently awarded two commendations from the U.S. Army for his actions while serving in Iraq. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner of Albuquerque was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge, according to an Army press release. Turner […]

United Way looking for help to meet goal

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico needs the community’s help to reach this year’s campaign goal of $565,000. The campaign is $73,000 short of its goal and the drive ends Friday, said Christina Martinez, assistant director for the United Way. Of that money, about $61,000 is designated for […]