Blame should be placed with proper party

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist When tragedy comes along, it serves nobody well unless a valuable lesson is taught. If that’s the case, it’s tough to admit what’s become of the car crash that killed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed the morning of April 29 when he left a sports bar […]

Four selected to LSC academic team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

Portales-born Ross readies for MLB season

SPORTS METS-MARLINS 4 MI

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales to Miami by way of Carlsbad, Detroit, Los Angeles and Cincinnati. That’s the long route that Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross took to reach his sunny Major League Baseball destination. Cody’s parents Kenny and Janet Ross lived with Kenny’s mom and dad in Portales in 1980 while Cody’s […]

Flu vaccine available at Cannon clinic

Courtesy 27th Medical Group The flu season has resurfaced and the 27th Fighter Wing is launching its yearly influenza vaccination program. Unfortunately, flu vaccine supply is constrained again this year, with a limited number of available doses of nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) and delayed delivery of the injectable vaccine (FluZone), said Maj. Walter Matthews, 27th […]

NCOs are the ones who make things happen

Lt. Col. Michael Deitz I recently attended the base’s NCO promotion ceremony where I listened to the oaths of the new NCOs, SNCOs, and Chief. I’ve attended these ceremonies many times before and I can’t remember how many times I’ve heard the oaths. This time, however, I paid closer attention. Instead of smiling and being […]

Regents OK film major

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s lights, camera, action in Portales, now that Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major, which will have 33 core classes, to its curriculum. During Saturday’s meeting regents approved a film degree program that students can enroll in this fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

Commissioners keep some bases open despite Pentagon’s wishes

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first of at least two days of meetings, the base-closing panel […]

Major crimes force to be created

By David Irvin It’s been an idea years in the making. Bring together the best law enforcment officials in the area to form a unit to tackle major crimes. Homicides, armed robberies, child abductions and aggravated sexual assaults could all be investigated by a major crime unit comprised of eight law enforcement officers from multiple […]

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers

Leslie_Radford@link.freedom.com Col. Lisa Firmin remembers when she joined the United States Air Force 25 years ago. It was a time when there were not many advantages to being a woman in the military. But she has been an instigator in changing those conditions. Her efforts over the years have altered what the military has to […]

ENMU student profile, Charlayne Heselton

Your name: Charlayne R. Heselton Your classification: Junior Your major: Double Major in Music Education and Interdisciplinary Art Your age (and birthdate): 20; March 27, 1984. Your hometown: Portales. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Cloudy, rain, and cold. Tell us about your pet(s): (I have a) black and brown basset hound named Minnie […]

Col. Yates leaving Cannon

Darrell Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced that he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Brothers follow in father’s military footsteps

Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, he paid close attention to world events. After 30 years traveling the world with the United States Army — including two tours of combat duty in Vietnam and postings to Japan and Europe — the New Mexico […]

Easing media restrictions will not hurt choices

Remember the days when our television choices were limited to three major networks, public television and maybe some UHF stations? When ABC, NBC and CBS dictated what appeared on television and we turned to Walter Cronkite or Huntley-Brinkley as our daily gatekeepers of television news? Today, our news and programming choices are vast and varied, […]