House fire being investigated

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Smoke from a house fire filled the Portales sky on Thursday afternoon, and residents living in the house suspect arson. Lizbeth Balbuena, who lives in the home at 1205 W. Ivy with other family members, said a family dispute may have led to the fire. Police said no charges have been filed and fire officials […]

Panel OKs 1.9 percent pay hike

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

My turn: Bear took fun out of camping

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Camping? No thank you. My first camping experience happened by accident really. My mom, her boyfriend Kenneth, and his daughters Rhonda, Rebecca and I were riding around in the countryside of Haletown, Tenn. It was getting late, so the adults decided to stop somewhere for the night. Kenneth knew of an abandoned house nearby. Rhonda […]

Shout out: Student project benefits Hartley House

Submitted by: Lucia Benoit Floyd Family and Consumer Science students set out to create a community service project for an area group. In conjunction with the school’s FCCLA club, the 11 students chose material they found fun for cozy blankets to be used by children or adults and used their sewing unit to make blankets […]

Fire damages attic

PNT staff A fire caused minimal damage to the attic of an unoccupied house Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said no one was injured. Traffic was blocked for less than an hour around the 700 block of Second Street. Hill said people working on the house noticed smoke and […]

Prehistoric peek

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The world renowned Blackwater Draw between Clovis and Portales is the site of an open house displaying skills prehistoric man used to survive. All are part of archeology unearthed in digs at the site the past 80 years that have helped explain the mysteries of the Ice Age and […]

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and static aircraft […]

Cannon hosting Open House

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing is hosting an Open House and Industry Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April. 17 on the flightline. The open house is free, open to the public, and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets to include static […]

Cannon to host open house

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will hold its inaugural 27th Special Operations Wing open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 on the base’s flightline. The event is free, open to the public and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets. Event parking will be […]

Vehicles spark grass fires

Freedom New Mexico Two vehicle fires sparked grass fires on Saturday. The first vehicle fire happened in the 200 block of N.M. 267 northwest of the Portales Livestock Auction house at 10:09 a.m., said Portales Battalion Chief Mike Golden. Golden said the vehicle simultaneously started a small grass fire that burned less than an acre. […]

Science captures students’ minds

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Project Green House, volcano research, painting the globe, and paper transformer are four programs taking on special significance for science students at Elida Schools. The green house project helps students learn to plant and care of plants. Vigo Torske, a science teacher at Elida, said they started the green […]

No injuries in house fire

PNT staff No one was injured in a fire Friday that destroyed a home in the 500 block of South Roosevelt Road V, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said the call came in about 8 a.m. He said the house was a total loss and investigators are still trying to […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide […]

Campaign money bill hits snag

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican With time running out for this Legislature, a bill that would prohibit campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors hit a bump Monday in the House of Representatives. After debating House Bill 118 for more than an hour, sponsor Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa, asked to “roll over” the […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

White House seeks $125 billion for vets

WASHINGTON — To expand health care to a record-number of veterans, reduce the number of homeless veterans and process a dramatically increased number of new disability compensation claims, White House officials here announced Feb. 1 a proposed $125 billion budget next year for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Our budget proposal provides the resources necessary […]

Building offers look at Elida’s past

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A rundown 1907 store and boarding house has a new lease on life as a memorabilia-filled gathering place in Elida. Glen Shot of Elida finished restoring the North Side Feed Store with the help of friends and his son, and now the community can drop by for a cup […]

Portales house fire put out

PNT Staff Reports Portales firefighters extinguished a burning garage on Taos Court in the U.S. Air Force 801 housing area Friday night. Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the occupants of the house were home but able to escape and no one was injured. About 11 p.m., investigators were still trying to determine the cause of […]