Portales man injured in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man received serious injuries when the motorcycle he was riding crashed early Saturday morning. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Valentine Sotelo, 29, of Portales was driving a 2003 Honda motorcycle southbound on U.S. 70 when he drifted into the median and lost control about 1:45 a.m. around Mile Marker […]

Cannon airman recognized for clinical excellence

USAF: James Bell Capt. David Martinez of the 27th Special Operations Medical Dental Operations Squadron won the Air Force’s top award for medical personnel in February. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections On paper, Capt. David Martinez’s name stands alone as the winner of the Air Force’s clinical excellence company-grade award. But Martinez, of the 27th […]

State police: Excessive speed, driver inattention caused Monday fatal wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Michael Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in the […]

Cannon pilots teaching skydiving course

Courtesy photo: Ryan Antoon Ryan Antoon jumps with one of his students, Amy Hayes, for a tandem skydiving jump. Alisa Boswell The possibilities for a new course at Eastern New Mexico University are up in the air, literally and figuratively. Capt. James “Tripp” Johnson, a pilot at Cannon Air Force Base, is working on offering […]

ENMU class up in the air

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Alisa Boswell The possibilities for a new course at Eastern New Mexico University are up in the air, literally and figuratively. Capt. James “Tripp” Johnson, a pilot at Cannon Air Force Base, is working on offering a non-credit skydiving course through the college’s Distance Learning program. Johnson, an instructor for the course, said he has […]

Former resident ‘hometown hero’

Courtesy photo Capt. Louisa Jones, second from the right, is midway through her third deployment in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Capt. Louisa Jones hasn’t lived in Portales for nearly 15 years but she still remembers the peanuts. The single mother of two was one of 50 servicemen and women featured in the “My Hometown Marne Hero” […]

Cannon hosting first royale event

By 27th SOW Public Affairs A night of class in royal fashion is in store for Air Commandos as the base hosts its first Cannon Royale starting with a social hour at 7 p.m., June 12, at The Landing Zone. According to Capt. Jason Brown, one of the organizers, the evening will serve as a […]

University to honor Capt. Kermit Evans

Courtesy photo Air Force Capt. Kermit O. Evans Sr., a 31-year-old Hollandale, Miss. native and 2000 chemical engineering graduate died in 2006 when the helicopter in which he was traveling made an emergency water landing in Al Anbar Province. From Mississippi State University-University Relations At a 2 p.m. ceremony June 1, the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery […]

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.

Chaplain called to serve God, country

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Cannon Air Force Base Capt. Chaplain Kyle Roehrig began his pastoral career as a United Methodist minister for seven years before joining the Air Force, where he’s served as a chaplain for six years. What do you do all day? “It is very dependent upon the day, the week and the season. As a captain […]

State Police look for meth lab

Freedom New Mexico State Police searched unsuccessfully for a methamphetamine lab on North Main Street Tuesday night. Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said officers received information about a meth lab during an investigation. However, when they executed a search warrant at the residence, they found no lab, he said.

Abandoned building burns

By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer An abandoned building on East Brazos in Portales caught fire late Tuesday night. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Wednesday afternoon the damage was so extensive investigators weren’t cleared to walk through the structure and could not determine the cause of the fire. “When the guys got out there, […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Police find cocaine on 21-year-old Muleshoe man

A Muleshoe man was arrested for possession of cocaine by Portales Police responding Friday to a fight on Chicago Ave. Andrew Smith, 22, of Muleshoe and Larry Booker, 21, of Clovis, were both in a fist fight and were taken into custody by Portales Police said Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said he found a plastic […]

Police: Man in yard died from natural causes

A Portales man found dead in his front yard Tuesday morning died of natural causes, police said.Capt. Lonnie Berry said a medical investigator has determined

Feb. 4, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Army Capt. Augustine “Gus” Garcia, of Portales, was honored at a ceremony at Fort Bliss for “gallantry in action in Vietnam,” after he returned wounded from a tour of duty. He was presented with the Bronze Star medal with the First Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Silver Star.

Clovis homicide suspect in custody

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police today said they now have a suspect in custody for the killing of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams at her Lea Street home. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the man is being held by police on unrelated warrants and has not been charged with the homicide. “We believe we have the suspect, we’re […]

Van stolen and recovered

PNT staff Thieves took a van with the keys inside about 4 p.m. Monday, but later left the vehicle a few blocks away, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. A 54-year-old Portales man had parked the 1995 Dodge van in front of a business on South Avenue A and left the keys inside when he […]

CFC update

Cannon’s 2008 Combined Federal Campaign has now reached 133.3 percent or $66,625 of its goal of $50,000 and 90.4 percent of base personnel have been contacted through Nov. 16. The campaign ends on Wednesday. The CFC is the world’s largest and most successful workplace campaign. One of Cannon’s goals is to have 100 percent contact […]