Airport security should focus on people

As we arrive at the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgi-ving week, the government’s […]

No. 13 Mustangs set to test Hounds

Dave Wagner Midwestern State got off to a flying start last weekend, pounding host New Mexico Highlands 52-6 in a game that really wasn’t that close. The rout moved the Mustangs from 17th to 13th in this week’s NCAA Division II rankings. Still, Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill said he isn’t sure what to make […]

Albuquerque man vying for governor

Freedom New Mexico Doug Turner included Clovis on a whirlwind tour of the state Wednesday to announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. A one-time campaign manager for former Gov. Gary Johnson and currently the owner of a public relations firm in Albuquerque, Turner visited Las Cruces and Roswell prior to flying to Clovis […]

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when they are, Cannon Air Force Base officials will try to notify city leaders in advance. But training in unfamiliar areas is important for Cannon pilots, officials told about a dozen area residents on […]

Small schools prepare for graduation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer This weekend promises flying caps, smiling graduates and proud parents as Roosevelt County small schools prepare for graduation. Floyd and Elida seniors graduate Saturday, and Dora commencement is Sunday. “It will be exciting just to have finished,” said Floyd valedictorian Jordan Terry. “I’m a little nervous about college, but […]

Contest open to design city’s first flag

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales will soon have its own flag flying over the community, city officials say. The City of Portales is inviting artists of all ages and occupations to enter a contest to design the first city flag. The winner will be announced in a press release May 11, and the […]

Portales students advance to national art competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Six Portales students soared on the wings of their artistic talents in a recent state aviation art competition. In the state Aviation Division-sponsored contest, five Portales Junior High School students and one James Elementary School student placed in the top three spots in their age groups for their pictures […]

Guns flying off the shelves with election in balance

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Guns are flying off the shelves at local gun shops, according to gun store owners. Store owners said the election and the possible victory of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is driving up gun sales. R&S Gun Shop store owner Larry Reeves said Obama would push for tighter […]

University searches for “Heroes”

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Fingers were flying and wannabe rock stars were strumming at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom in a Guitar Hero video game student tournament Monday night. Guitar Hero is a musical video game with a guitar-shaped controller that allows the player to simulate playing well-known rock songs by […]

July 20, 1975

Portales Airport advertised a introductory flying lesson for $5.

Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon […]

Jesus lifts individuals

Joan Clayton We are not the only ones who are sometimes blind to reality. Some flying creatures do the same thing. I’ve heard if you put a buzzard in a pen 6-feet square with an open top, he will become a prisoner. Without space to run to begin a flight, he will not even attempt […]

Mystery drama comes to Dora

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Flying books. Slamming doors. A thumping heart. A chair that rocks by itself. A floating skeleton. These are just some of the special effects in Dora High School’s drama production, “The Beating Heart.” The free, one-night only performance is a historical gothic story which fine arts teacher and drama […]

Flying J Wranglers to perform in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales is in for a little Christmas spirit this Friday — the cowboy way. The Roosevelt County Farm and Livestock Bureau is sponsoring the Flying J Wranglers Christmas Show for the second year, according to RCFLB President Matt Rush. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Memorial […]

Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of […]

Plane crashes during air show in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop maneuver above the crowd at Tucumcari’s annual air show about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the plane was down and the crowd went silent. “It took your breath away. Everyone became really silent and stood up,” said […]

Stage in the sky

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Flying an airplane is a demanding sport, if your name is Tim Weber. The Phoenix resident peddled his bicycle to a nearby flight school as a teenager and traded manual labor for flying lessons. Today, he is one of a small group of aerobatics pilots who earn a living […]

Clovis Kite Karnival, amazingly, short of wind

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By Jean Verlich The wind didn’t cooperate Saturday for the third annual Kite Karnival, but not even the invited guests — members of the American Kitefliers Association — seemed to mind. With winds barely getting up to a light breeze through Doc Stewart Park, many kites were grounded. That just meant children could learn how […]

Aliens visited Goober Gulch over 30 years ago

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not many will remember the Halloween the UFOs were sighted over Portales. But it happened. It’s even possible that I was abducted by the aliens flying them, according to my wife. Maybe some of you do recall the headline: “Strange Lights Sighted Over Streets of Portales.” It happened when I […]

Cannon captain to receive national award

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Christina Hopper has weathered some storms in her life. One of them — when lightning struck the F-16 fighter jet she was flying in the early days of the Iraq war — has helped bring her national accolades. Hopper is one of nine women who on Wednesday will receive awards […]