Storm brings snow to N.M.

Staff and wire reports The National Weather Service on Friday issued a winter storm warning — which means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely — for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 5 p.m. today. Snow accumulation was expected to be 2 to 4 inches by daybreak today, according to the NWS. An […]

Fire marshal’s report: Explosion accidental

PNT Staff Report The state fire marshal’s office says a natural gas explosion in a Portales home that killed a 91-year-old woman was accidental. Clytie Calton died at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital Jan. 26 — three days after she was injured in the blast at her home on South Avenue I Place. The office says […]

Las Vegas good for rodeo despite show business

By Baxter Black Hunter S. Thompson, in his book “Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas,” said, “Circus, Circus (a big casino in Las Vegas) is what the world would be like if the Third Reich had won!” Las Vegas is the equivalent of endlessly switching the cable channel on your television anytime between midnight and […]

Petitioners ask commissioners to consider road proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A petition to open a county road from N.M. 202 to County Line Road was presented Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners. The petition seeks to have the county take over maintenance of the private road, which runs approximately three miles through the sandhills from N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road) to […]

Air Force promotion process changing

Air Force News WASHINGTON — Air Force Personnel Center officials recently announced changes to the captain promotion process, which will affect Line of the Air Force officers. Beginning January 2008, active-duty LAF officers will be considered for promotion to captain on a quarterly basis, instead of during the third quarter of each year. “The change […]

New tax laws, pointers

Cannon Tax Center The 27th Fighter Wing Legal Office will be providing free tax help, beginning Jan. 26. To help better prepare Airmen for filing their taxes this year, the Cannon Tax Office has scoured the law for changes since filing last year. Airmen might be interested to know … Expanded IRA Options for Military […]

Jan. 10, 1960

When Miss Maria Friesen encountered an emergency at her apartment Saturday, she couldn’t use her telephone because it was tied up by another customer on the party line. Miss Friesen, associate professor in home economics at ENMU, struck a match to light a gas heater. The wall cutoff dropped out and the gas was escaping […]

Gamers line up for PS3

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The next generation in video gaming has hit Portales. At 12:01 this morning, video game console, PlayStation 3 hit shelves in time for the holiday season, and soon after, they quickly disappeared. Following the same pattern set out by Microsoft’s release of the X-Box 360 last year, the demand […]

Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. […]

Rams line anchors offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer You won’t see their names in the box score, and rarely do you hear their names in the radio broadcast, but ask anybody who knows, the Portales offensive line is the centerpiece of the 2006 Ram football team. In three games this season, the Portales rushing attack has churned […]

Gas line breaks along U.S. 70

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to cork the gas leak on the PNM line on Kimberly Drive stretched into the evening. By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the gas leak had been sealed, according […]

Lady Rams fall to Santa Fe Indian

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Santa Fe Indian School softball coach Paul Abeyto said he had a premonition. Actually, it was more like wishful thinking that worked out. Sam Pasena hit a line drive to right that bounced past Portales’ Santana Brito and went for a game-tying, two-run homer with two out in the […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

Gas line break causes partial evacuation at Brown Elementary

By Tony Parra Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students had to be evacuated for an hour from portable buildings because of a gas leak noon Tuesday. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said no one was hospitalized or injured and the ambulance didn’t have to respond. Scott Arnold, general manager for Yucca Telecommunications, confirmed a main gas line […]

911- Stay on the line

Courtesy 27th Security Forces Squadron Dialing 911 is the fastest way to receive emergency police, fire or medical assistance. But many still call 911 to ask non-emergency questions such as weather information or correct time. If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line. Dispatchers treat all 911 calls — even hang-ups — as […]

Offensive line big focus for ENMU this spring

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is trying to sort things out in its offensive line during spring drills. Offensive line coach Draco Miller said the Greyhounds are making progress as they head into the final week of spring work. “Every […]

Portales left high and dry

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By Karl Terry Portales residents went without showers and flushes for nearly 24 hours on Saturday due to a major water-main break. Water remained off throughout the city until 9 p.m., but officials said they expected it would be flowing again from residential taps before midnight. City officials said a 24-inch major distribution line broke […]

Enhancing productivity of the installation’s work force

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet on the flight line one or two jets at a time. A phase inspection is an in-depth teardown and close look at the inside […]

God watches over those he loves

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand into yours? Remember holding that toddler’s hand when he or she took their first steps? Remember the first day of school when you had to let go? Remember that teenager driving for the first time? I well remember that. Remember the day […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]