Generals of Cannon: Leaders go on to success

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Sharna Johnson Philip Breedlove is vice chief of staff for the Air Force. Roy D. Bridges Jr. became an astronaut. Sarah P. Wells became the top nurse in the Air Force, serving as chief of the Nurse Corps. Kenneth W. North, Jon A. Reynolds and Robinson Risner were prisoners of war in Vietnam. All have […]

Council to vote on rezoning, ordinance amendment

Freedom New Mexico It looks like a short agenda for Portales City Council when it meets 7 p.m. Tuesday. The city is expected to approve a notice of intent to adopt ordinance No. 686 for rezoning and an ordinance amending ordinance no. 387 to alter the official zoning map. Also, the council will entertain a […]

Fire chief leaving for new position with hospital

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After nearly 21 years serving Portales and surrounding townships, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges is retiring to take on another role in helping the community. Tuesday night, Bridges’ intentions to retire Nov. 27 were announced at the city council meeting in City Hall. Bridges has accepted a position with […]

Portales firefighters plan open house

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As Portales Fire Chief John Bridges puts it, it’s not always a good thing for his department to be busy. This Saturday, though, firefighters will busy themselves with the public as a number of centennial events for Portales begins. An open house is set to take place at the […]

Ambulance fees to increase

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PNT Staff Report

Portales Fire Department open house set for Saturday

The Portales Fire Department will host an open house at 301 S. Ave. C from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week, said Fire Chief Jon Bridges. The open house will include equipment displays and demonstrations. Demonstrations include:10:30 a.m. — Hazardous materials11:30 a.m. — Vehicle extraction12:30 p.m. — Tours of the fire […]

Firefighters to keep funding

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members approved a resolution on Tuesday entering into a joint powers agreement for wildland fire suppression between the Portales Fire Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The agreement will allow for the fire department to continue to receive funding from the state for […]

City commemorates anniversary of tragedy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A reflective mood fell over the crowd as members of the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard raised the American flag at a Sept. 11 memorial service Tuesday morning in the Portales National Bank parking lot. “Time reduces pain, anger and outrage,” said David Stone, president of Portales National […]

Residents prepare to celebrate holiday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Labor Day signals the last vacation and three-day weekend of the summer for many residents. Karen Banda said she and her family didn’t have any specific plans for the weekend other than to get together with her husband’s family. “We usually just get together on holidays and cook out,” […]

Richardson orders review of four bridges

Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — A bridge on U.S. 54 near Logan is one of four steel-truss bridges in New Mexico that will undergo a comprehensive inspection, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday. The bridges are built similar to the one that collapsed Wednesday on 1-35 in Minneapolis, which resulted in four deaths, 79 injured and at […]

Interim tag removed for fire chief

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer John Bridges has been appointed to the position of fire chief for the Portales Fire Department, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. “I’m just happy about it. John has served the Portales Fire Department well for the past many years,” Lee said. Bridges’ appointment as chief was effective […]

It’s Their Job: John Bridges

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Name: John Bridges Job: Director of Cardiopulmonary at Roosevelt General Hospital EMS Division Chief at Portales Fire Department Current acting Fire Chief Time on the job: PFD: 19 years Background: Since 1983, Bridges has been involved in the medical field, starting out at the old Roosevelt General Hospital. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. […]

Parents forming local bereavement support group

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers She keeps his tiny, blue socks in a plastic container on a closet shelf. They are buried in a bag with clothes he wore — a Dalmatian print outfit his grandmother had hand-sewed along with a striped baseball jumper and matching hat. “It still holds the shape of his little […]

Causey says goodbye to fire chief

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The community of Causey, and a community of emergency personnel, said goodbye to Hank Merrick — a mayor, a fire chief, and “a partner” to many. Merrick died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 68. Due to the large number of people paying their respects, services were […]