Officials warn of fire danger

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Alisa Boswell Fire dangers have been prominent in Curry and Roosevelt counties this winter with extensive winds and little to no moisture. With this in mind, Chief Ray Westerman of the Clovis Fire Department and Chief Gary Nuckols of the Portales Fire Department have been spreading the word about increased dangers they face and precautions […]

Grass fire burns over 3,000 acres

Thirty fire department units, and 60 personnel, responded to a grass fire 20 miles south of Elida and 15 miles west of Milnesand on Sunday morning. According to Elida Fire Department Chief Rusty Cater and Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon, fire units from Arch, Milnesand, Elida, Causey, Dora, Floyd, Portales, Melrose and Tatum responded […]

Portales past: March 21, 1962

March 21, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: The firing of all kinds of guns, whether they shoot pellets, darts or real bullets, is illegal in the city limits, Police Chief Keith Rowland reminded residents.

Conditions ripe for grass fires

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Argen Duncan With a large fuel load and little moisture, county fire officials are concerned about serious grass fires this spring. Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen said he had read a story from KOB.com that indicated the National Weather Service predicted this year could have the worst fire season in 30 years as winds pick […]

Commentary: Chief offers assignment advice for enlisted airmen

By Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wanke: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a functional manager for enlisted communications assignments. When I first arrived, I questioned our assignment policies all the time. However, as I became aware of the reasons […]

Ask the chief

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base recently received the opportunity to ask base’s newest Command Chief questions with the ability to remain anonymous if they wished. The questions were sent to each unit’s first sergeant, and then forwarded to Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing […]

Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

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Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14. Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon. Also a fighter […]

Roosevelt County jail security chief talks future plans

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Detention Center Chief of Security Dent McGill took over the post less than three weeks ago. The Portales News-Tribune met with Portales resident McGill and ask him questions about his past and some of his future plans for safety at the center. What made you apply for this position? I needed […]

Command chief talks about new position

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Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso was selected as the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Special Operations Wing after the departure of Chief Master Sgt. William Turner in December. Caruso serves as the principal enlisted adviser to the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing on all issues affecting […]

Command chief selected for top enlisted position at Hurlburt

Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Press Release: Cannon's Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Commander-in-Chief’s trophy secured by Falcons

By Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy: U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY, N.Y. — The Air Force Academy Falcons defeated the Black Knights of West Point 42-22 Nov. 6 at Michie Field here. The teams have now battled on the gridiron 45 times with the Falcons leading the series 31-13 with one tie. This is […]

Firefighters battle it out

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Matthew Roberts hoists a hose in the firefighter obstacle course. Liliana Castillo The 12th annual Cannon Air Force Base fire muster took place Oct. 8 at Unity Park. The event included only four teams this year. Organizer Bruce Ford, assistant chief of fire prevention on base, said […]

Energy conservation: Operations enabler

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In an address to attendees at the Air Force Energy Forum III in Washington, D.C., May 28, Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz said, “We cannot overstate the criticality of every airman embracing energy as a consideration in all we do. This is a long-term imperative that carries […]

Aug. 22 — Weekly update

Portales police still awaiting information Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions about […]

City cracking down on overgrown weeds

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Jared Tucker The weed problem in Portales is growing out of control, according to police and residents. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 87 notices were given out to property owners in July who were in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance. Of those notices, Berry said, 61 complied and cleaned up their property, […]

Police say homicide victim was shot

Police confirmed Friday that Angel Vale, 22, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the time of death was between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. Officers have recovered the weapon they believe was used, a .22-caliber rifle and shell casings, he said. Berry said […]

Obama names new rationer in chief

Freedom New Mexico We’re calling him Dr. Ration. Others are calling him the Rationing Czar or the Rationer in Chief. He is Don Berwick, MD, whom President Obama just appointed as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the huge Medicare and Medicaid government health programs. This was a […]