Airmen step into the cage

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Courtney Wesley, jujitsu trainer and coach, examines U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marc Hightower after he was inadvertently jabbed in the eye during a Mixed Martial Arts Competition Dec. 10 in Clovis. Though temporarily blinded in one eye, Hightower, an airman in the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron at […]

Local fighters excite crowd

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Kevin Wilson “If you’ve got anything left, Clovis, New Mexico,” announcer Ian Troy said, “make some noise.” They had plenty left on the final fight of Evolution 2 Saturday night at the Curry County Events Center. So too, did Paco and Angel Castillo. In a mixed martial arts battle with obvious bad blood, preceded by […]

My turn: Rejoining predawn crowd

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In grade school, my aunt Paula (only two years older than me), my sister Becky, and I, competed to see who woke up earliest for Saturday morning cartoons. “I was up at 6 watching ‘Yogi Bear.’” “I was up at 5:30 watching ‘Bullwinkle!’” the battle went. As dad got dressed to go make donuts at […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle Heavyside, founder and director of United Dairy Women, said the group wasn’t able to book a date for the event last year at the Curry County Events Center. “Right now, we need to book a date […]

Communities unite to celebrate Memorial Day

By Argen Duncan and Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Amid a sea of flag-adorned gravesites, with a gunship en route, Col. Philip Frazee reminded a crowd Monday that the day was not about cookouts and time at the lake, but the soldiers who gave their lives to make those events possible. “It may be easy to […]

Local veterans take on umpiring

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Billy McGinnis, left, and Larry Varnardo talk before the second game of a double-header between Portales and Dexter softball teams on April 27. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A voice rings out over the crowd during a softball game in eastern New Mexico. “You’re out!,” shouts the umpire as […]

Abuse survivor lends voice to cause

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Dawn Lade, right, hugs Family Advocacy Program Outreach Manager Tyleen Caffrey during a presentation on domestic violence Tuesday night. Lade spoke about her experience in an abusive relationship at the base theater. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The crowd wasn’t big for Dawn Lade on Tuesday night, but it’s a […]

Dairy Fest draws crowd of 9,000

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When most Dairy Fest fans walked up on Ryan White’s tent Saturday, they either laughed or stopped for a photograph with the sign: “Smells like poo…it grew.” White’s job at Dairy Fest is to teach people about manure, and its uses — fertilizer being high on the list. White […]

Policies put forth by Reagan become too marginalized

Freedom New Mexico A bipartisan crowd celebrated last week’s unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda. We admit we felt a little choked up, just like former first lady Nancy Reagan, who shed a few tears at remembrances of the heady days of the Reagan presidency. More than […]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Remembering Sept. 11

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A crowd of 30 residents and members of the Portales police and fire departments gathered Thursday morning in the Portales National Bank parking lot to remember the fallen heroes of Sept. 11. Portales Fire Chief John Bridges stressed to the crowd the importance of remembering those who died seven […]

Tobacco and bulls can both kill you

By Baxter Black There they stood out on the loading dock at the back of the administration building. Huddled behind a Dumpster to protect themselves from the biting wind, they shivered, occasionally glancing over their shoulders at the solid metal door. People that walked by glanced at them then quickly looked away. It could have […]

Rain doesn’t dampen Heritage Days

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A crowd of Portales residents and visitors gathered at the City Park on Saturday to enjoy the food, fun and cool weather at the annual Heritage Days celebration. Early morning rain showers had Heritage Day’s events organizer concerned about the turnout for the annual event. Instead the rain seemed […]

Firing up the crowd

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Bronco mascot Taryn Lee fires up the crowd Monday at the Floyd High School gym as Elena Mendoza cheers from atop the pyramid. Other Floyd cheerleaders are Jenny Wilson, Veronica Mendoza, Madeline Love, Nallely Mendoza and Britni Rivers. The Melrose boys defeated Floyd on a last second shot in the first round of the district […]

Lady Rams 2-0 in district, beat Lovington

PNT Staff Report Some good teams win despite sloppy play, while others win big district games on the road in a tough atmosphere. The Portales Lady Rams (14-8, 2-0) did both Tuesday night, beating the Lady Wildcats (6-11, 1-2) in three games at Lovington; 25-20, 25-18, 25-18. The Portales girls were coming off wins at […]

Studio’s place in history set in stone

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Dozens gathered Thursday in a small court yard at the Norman Petty Recording Studio to watch the unveiling of a marker to commemorate the studio’s place in music history. Musicians who recorded at the studio and knew Vi and Norman Petty reminisced about the early days of rock ’n’ roll […]

Scott highlights Black History Month at ENMU

By Tony Parra Barry Scott said that despite dealing with racism he has remained positive and wanted ENMU students and other audience members to do the same no matter what obstacles they confront. Scott is an African-American motivational speaker who has been on other campuses and preached the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.. “He’s […]

Improving Cannon Air Force Base’s quality of life

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

Cannon Air Force Base hosts 2005 Air Power Expo

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

Take to the skies

Airshow attendees watch Saturday’s demonstrations and visit static displays around the flight line. Cannon was host to about 8,000 people who came out for the expo. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Saturday. The air show was kicked off with a […]