Public service academy completely unnecessary

Editorial Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of the future. […]

Spokeswoman: Dairies work not to waste water

Following is an interview conducted with Sandra Tapia, an industry relations representative for Dairy Max, about environmental issues in the dairy industry. Q. What are some of the methods dairy farmers use to recycle water? A. Water is recycled three times: to cool milk, wash the facilities, and to water crops. Dairies have to recycle […]

Faith guides relationships

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Commitment to and faith in your partner and God are the common thread to a lasting and enduring marriage for two Portales couples. “I think you need to have a commitment,” said Janet Collins, who has been married to husband Steve for 34 years. “There are good times and […]

Local fighter inspired by Rocky

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Andrew Tapia was just 7 years old when the last Rocky movie hit theaters, but like many fighters, the story of the million-to-one shot helped inspire Tapia into the gym. Tapia, 23, a cousin of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, trains under the tutelage of 83-year old Chuck Haas […]

Severe weather predicted for area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Snow shovels and bags of salt used to melt snow and ice were flying off the shelves at Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis Monday morning. According to store manager Ron Scorzafava, an entire pallet of snow melter sold out in 30 minutes. “It (salt) is going out like gangbusters,” […]

Rains cause explosion in weeds

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent rains have created an explosion of weeds in the Portales area creating lots of extra mowing and allergy concerns for residents. After a dry summer where weeds and lawns could hardly be coaxed into growing, the wet spell has many residents scrambling to keep up. Marla Foster of […]

Animal control a busy business in Portales

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer While taking a walk through the Portales Animal Control shelter, one might find it difficult to look into the faces of the animals which occupy the few cages the shelter provides, knowing those animals could possibly face the last resort option of being euthanized. The officers at the animal control […]

Vandals go off-road on ENMU soccer field

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer One vehicle’s off-roading venture at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday has cost an Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer field considerable damage, as well as serious safety concerns for the players. Deep tire tracks were found meandering throughout the grass by the team’s head coach Travis McCorkle. “It’s the second time […]

Portales residents joyful over CAFB news

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents expressed relief and joy following Tuesday’s announcement that Cannon Air Force Base will be a new home for U.S. Air Force Special Operations. “I couldn’t be happier,” said an ecstatic Sharon Davis, co-owner of Calton Furniture in Portales. “This is great news for both communities (Clovis and […]

Cleanup planned for Saturday

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer April is Keep New Mexico Beautiful month and Portales residents will be doing their part by cleaning and picking up trash on Saturday. The Keep Portales Beautiful event will start at 9 a.m. Veda Urioste, deputy clerk for the city of Portales, is one of the organizers of the event. […]

Lovington on tap for PHS squads

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though both Portales teams face Lovington tonight, the boys and girls are in completely different territory in their respective District 4-3A seasons. The Rams head into tonight’s district opener at Lovington on a two-game losing skid. The Portales girls, meanwhile, have won their last three games and have beaten […]

Trek for Trash to be held Saturday

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer One of the two major trash clean-up efforts will take place on Saturday with the Portales Trek for Trash event. Trek for Trash, coupled with the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in Portales during April, are the two largest clean-up events in Portales. Veda Urioste was one of […]

God’s child never says goodbye

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest experiences. Shock, pain and grief deals a very cruel blow. The emptiness and loneliness can be overwhelming. The pain and agony of the broken heart pierces the soul. Familiar things at home are reminders of the loss. Will the pain ever stop?Can […]

What they are saying about BRAC

The Associated Press More reaction to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s decision on Cannon Air Force Base: “It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. It is a partial win and it appears to be a big loss, but we don’t know what’s coming.” — Marshall Stinnett of Portales, a member […]

BRAC Letters

Want to express your opinion about the future of Cannon Air Force Base? Write to Donald Rumsfeld at: Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Department of Defense Web site: www.defenselink.mil/ To send an e-mail: www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.html Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from […]

BRAC Reactions

What they’re saying “For the majority of people, it’s just a slow death.” — Gene Weber, an Air Force retiree, on BRAC’s decision to keep Cannon open, but move its planes and personnel “I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University 20 years ago. I hope and pray Cannon is not closed. I have not forgotten […]

“Keep Cannon” reception held

PNT Staff The City of Portales held a reception Tuesday to show appreciation for efforts in “Operation: Keep Cannon” at the Memorial Building. The Portales committee worked with a Clovis committee on promoting the campaign to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list. The Portales committee had not met since […]

Persistence pays off with success

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Do you ever experience failures? Welcome to the crowd. When I make a mess of things I feel defeated. I have to remind myself I’m not perfect. Human beings do make mistakes but learning from those mistakes enables one to pursue success. I am encouraged when I hear about the […]

Officials to keep up efforts after hearing

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By David Irvin By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility from closure. Now what? Keep arguing is the advice of Clovis’ Walter Bradley, who was New Mexico’s lieutenant governor when Kirtland Air Force Base was removed from the Base Realignment and Closure list […]

Residents rally for Cannon

By Leslie Radford They lined up 5,000 American flags, shoe-polished windows with “We love Cannon,” created a human “Keep Cannon” sign, honked horns and sported “Operation: Keep Cannon” T-shirts and buttons. Their mission: Show Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that eastern new Mexico doesn’t want to lose Cannon Air Force Base. “I have been here […]