RGH meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting set for Tuesday night was canceled since the board finished interviewing administrator candidates ahead of schedule. The board wrapped up interviews Monday with RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens and health care administrator Richard Smith of Clovis after candidate Jeff Comer Jr. of Arizona called to […]

City Council selects interim fire chief

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales has selected an interim fire chief to step up when the current chief retires. At the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Tom Howell announced his plans to appoint Portales Battalion Chief and Emergency Medical Services Director Gary Nuckols to serve as interim chief after the Nov. 27 […]

Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy named Riley Hill chief executive officer and president of its Southwestern Public Service Company subsidiary Tuesday, according to a company press release. Hill succeeds David Eves, who has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. Both changes are effective Nov. […]

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 […]

Officials to announce chief master sergeant selections

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials selected 475 of 2,276 eligible senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant for a selection rate of 20.87 percent. The average score for those selected was 662.78, with an average time in grade of 3.40 and time in service of […]

Oct. 9 Honors

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col. Ruedi Kaspar, left, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. William Turner far right, 27th Special Operations Wing command chief, stand with this month’s Diamond Sharp Award winners. From left, Airman 1st Class William Uriniuk, 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron; Airman 1st Class […]

Fire chief remembered for generosity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony is remembered as many things. But perhaps most of all, as a man who cared about others and the community he called home. Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Friday while hunting elk near Ruidoso. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was […]

Services set for Elida chief

Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday while hunting Elk around Ruidoso. According to a news release, a firefighter’s funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elida High School Gymnasium. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was farmer and worked with the youth ministry for a […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

Freedom New Mexico Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she […]

ENMU hires police chief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has named a former graduate its new police chief. Brad Mauldin, a sergeant and night shift supervisor at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, replaces Raymond Chambers, who retired last month. The university announced Maudlin’s hiring Thursday. Mauldin is a 2008 graduate of ENMU with a […]

State economic development secretary hails Sunland Inc. during visit

PNT Staff The chief of New Mexico’s Economic Development Department hailed the expansion of Sunland Inc. peanuts as a model for other cities across the state. Fred Mondragon’s remarks came Thursday while in Portales for a tour of the peanut processing plant and Eastern New Mexico University. Mondragon is secretary of the state economic development […]

Father, son retire from police work

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Like father, like son. Raymond Chambers is retiring after 25 years with the Eastern New Mexico University Police, while son Scott Chambers is leaving as a chief deputy after 24 years with the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill said it was a pleasure working with Scott for […]

Police chief investigation conclusion expected next week

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The investigation into the Tucumcari police chief’s use of a Taser on a 14-year-old girl has not been completed. City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday the investigation firm handling the case requested additional documentation Thursday and she anticipates a conclusion next week. Chief Roger Hatcher remains on paid administrative […]

Tucumcari police chief Tasers 14-year-old

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A 14-year-old Tucumcari girl is recovering at an Albuquerque hospital after being shot in the head with a Taser dart by Tucucmari Police Chief Roger Hatcher. Now, her parents say they want the police department to review its policies for using the Taser. The girl was hit in the […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The State of New […]

Official: Air conditioner started fire

PNT Staff Report Portales firefighters were called to Heartland Continuing Care about 8:10 p.m. Thursday because of a small fire in an air conditioner in the south dining hall. Heartland staff members moved the residents to the west wing of the building until they were cleared to return, said Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance […]

County helps with grassfire

PNT staff Roosevelt County fire crews helped fight a grassfire 45 miles south of Elida on Thursday afternoon, said Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. The last available update, given before 5 p.m., was that 6,000 had burned, he said.

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 […]

CEO of Freedom Communications to head Playboy

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By Mary Ann Milbourn Scott Flanders, chief executive of the Portales News-Tribune’s parent company, Freedom Communications Inc., confirmed Monday he is leaving the company to head Playboy Enterprises Inc. Flanders, 52, said he will quit his Freedom post June 30 and become CEO at Playboy July 1. A replacement at Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications was […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]