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 […]

Thanks for setting the bar, Dad

Karl Terry: PNT columnist With Father’s Day today, I was reflecting last week on the things

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Seeking help, 7-year-old drives father’s wrecked car after fatal crash

A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis. Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant Hill Highway. […]

Business feature: J.J. Jumbo Burger

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer J.J. Jumbo Burger is a staple in Portales. Pete Paiz has been running J.J. Jumbo Burgers for 15 years. He bought the restaurant from his father, Johnny Paiz, who owned the business for 20 years before he sold it. Back then it was called Jose’s. Altogether the business has […]

Jan 3, 1977

Fred Hensley and Reuben Nieves took oath as the two new judges of the Ninth Judicial District, comprising Roosevelt and Curry counties. Hensley, of Portales, came from a lineage of judges, as his father, the late Turner Hensley, served as district judge as well.

Resolve to better ourselves always free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]

Local man forecasts dry spring

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A local weather forecaster predicts this spring will be a little dryer than normal. Joseph Weldon Crim is up early in the morning every year on March 22 to build a bonfire before sunrise. At sunrise, he looks to see which way the wind is blowing and uses this […]

Thanks for the memories

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Bittersweet holiday Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols’ father died the day after Thanksgiving six years ago. Though his father had been diagnosed with cancer 18 months earlier, his death caught family members by surprise. “We had a great family gathering that day,” Nuckols said. “A lot of […]

Airmen return home

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks Cannon children made signs to welcome back their family members. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of […]

Cannon welcomes returning troops

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of families and friends of deployed airmen waited for their loved ones in the 522nd fighter squadron […]

Sometimes, it’s OK to receive

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I was a little saddened to hear that Father Benedict Begin passed away on Sept. 27. At first the name didn’t ring a bell, but then I thought “Father Ben.” Father Ben had been one of my favorite priests, only I didn’t realize it back then, when he was […]

Father's love knows no boundaries

Tonya Fennell Father’s Day is just around the corner and many Cannon Air Force dads will spend their special day thousands of miles away. But, even though they’re not with us physically, we can still celebrate the wonderful role they play in our children’s lives. My husband is a father of two and step-father of […]

Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

Activities abound

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Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections With studied concentration and a swift swing, Ray Bernatis sent a golf ball flying over rolling greens Tuesday morning. “Relax, take a deep breath and swing,” coached his father, Terry Bernatis from a few feet away. The 10-year-old, along with his father and grandfather, was one of many people taking advantage […]

No one is too old to have childlike faith

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Kallie had planned to stay all week. For three days, my 7-year-old vivacious granddaughter and I played every game imaginable. We ended up “playing school” every day. Kallie, “always the teacher,” dictated many assignments. I could never make above a “C” on my papers. I complained and asked Kallie […]

Blood is life-giving fluid

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I pulled myself up from the operating table to see what was happening. Then everything went black. “She’s fainted,” a nurse said. “Pull the curtain between them so she can’t see.” As a small child I couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me. Many severe nosebleeds had left me […]

Son gives gift of life

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old dad, Andy, a Methodist minister by trade, said his son has given him a new lease on life. “I feel much better now than I did before my surgery. I can go for walks […]

Service a family affair

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson cuts a dashing figure. Wilson, a former Clovis resident, has served in the U.S. Navy for almost 22 years. At 41, not only is he a dedicated sailor, but a husband, father […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan fighting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, Army officials said. He was killed when his platoon was attacked by small-arms fire while on patrol, according to […]