‘Pushed out’ by bigger operation

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By Ruth Burns, Special to the PNT Editor’s Note: This is the third of three articles about two of our earliest settlers, Doak Good and Jim Newman. Doak Good had settled in comfortably in his rock and adobe house at Portales Springs, but his peaceful existence did not last long. In 1882 Jim Newman began […]

CAFB changes aircraft operating hours

Cannon Air Force Base has adjusted the hours of its airfield operations to further accommodate Air Force Special Operation Command’s mission requirements. Hours of operation for Cannon’s airfield are currently from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., so local residents may notice aircraft noise during later hours. Airfield operations vary throughout the year due to mission […]

Ten arrested in sweep

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department arrested 10 subjects and confiscated 5.3 grams of cocaine and 8.78 ounces of marijuana Tuesday during a warrant and narcotic sweep, according to a PPD press release. The charges ranged from a bench warrant to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to the release. […]

Fuel prices drive up trucking costs

By Casey Peacock The rising cost of fuel prices are cause for concern with local trucking companies, industries and agriculture producers. With 18 trucks in their fleet that travel across the country delivering goods, WTI in Portales is facing the rising costs of fuel. Each truck carries an average 300 gallons and at the average […]

Group quilts in effort to mend hearts

This quilt, which hangs at the Patchwork House, is being raffled to raise funds for Operation Homefront Quilt. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Stitch by stitch a volunteer group is mending hearts. The group, called the Caprock Quilters, make quilts in support of Operation Homefront Quilts. The colorful handstitched quilts are sent to the family […]

Hounds inactivated

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 66 years of history were put on hold as the 524th Fighter Squadron, ‘Hounds of Heaven,’ inactivated here during a ceremony at The Landing on Aug. 30. At exactly 5:24 p.m., Capt. Jason Bell, the 524 FS flight commander, […]

August 3, 1960

• T.R. Allen, owner of College Cleaners, reported that he had sold his operation to Olen Rothenm operator of Deluxe Cleaners. • The city council was awaiting the arrival of a new D-6 Caterpillar steel wheel tractor that would be used in service with city crews. • Summer suits were on sale for $42.50 at […]

Siblings strive to keep dream alive

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Growing up, the Idsinga siblings said they were often tagged with the name coyote pack or wolf pack because of their loyalty to each other. Now they’re applying that trait to operating a business together. The four 20-something siblings — Dougie, Dawn and Derek Idsinga and Darci Collins — […]

Poached pheasants reported in area

By Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is on the lookout for pheasant dumpers. The department released an Operation Game Thief call Friday in regard to a pile of dead pheasants reported near the intersection of Brady Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Pheasant season ended Dec. 10, according to department […]

Operation Santa Claus under way

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Santa Claus will come by mode of police car for many Roosevelt County children this year. Holiday spirit is in full swing at the Portales Police Department as officers collect toys and cash donations for its eighth annual Operation Santa Claus. In addition to toys, canned foods will also be […]

Community shows appreciation to Cannon Airmen

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Clovis radio personalities Duffy Moon (left) and Steve Rooney perform their usual morning show live from Balad Air Base, Iraq, outside the recreation center. Airmen from the 27th Fighter Wing sent live holiday greetings home. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Clovis radio personalities Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon of 107.5 FM traveled to Balad Air Base, […]

Operation Season’s Greetings

Janet Taylor-Birkey Many stateside spouses are gathering goodies for their mates overseas, but stateside wife, Laura Cluverius is not only sending goodies to her husband, but his squadron team members in the form of “Operation Season’s Greetings.” Tech. Sgt. Michael Cluverius, is currently deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, with the 27th EMS. “Being the […]

Cannon troops take to the skies

Cannon Airmen board a chartered aircraft Sunday morning to begin a planned four-month deployment. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Airmen begin deployment The other shoe dropped during a rainy Labor Day weekend as approximately 400 Cannon personnel deployed over the past week as part of Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) 3/4, according to information provided from the […]

Homefront Quilters

Janet Taylor-Birkey Comprised of local chapters, Operation Homefront Quilts makes quilts for the parents, spouses and children up to age three who had a loved one die in the war effort. Caprock Quilters, Cannon’s local chapter of Operation Homefront Quilts, have made and sent more than 174 quilts in two years, making them the largest […]

Operation: Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The anticipation surrounding today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration was too much to bear for Linda Jackson. On Friday afternoon, Jackson was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the Clovis Civic Center, sunglasses pulled slightly down to afford a better view of the preparations. “I just couldn’t sit […]

Tucson group says Cannon answer to noise reduction

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A group in Tucson, Ariz., is searching for some quiet. And deliverance could be available in the wide, open spaces of eastern New Mexico. Land up for grabs at Cannon Air Force Base is under evaluation by members of the Military Community Compatibility Committee, according to Tahnee Robertson, a contracted […]

Police make evening drug sweep in Portales

PNT Staff Report Local police conducted drug-bust operations on Thursday night, which led to the arrests of six individuals, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Berry said Portales police officers worked with deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department on drug raids, which began shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday. “Most of the narcotics recovered […]

Airmen thanked for making a difference

General T. Michael Moseley T. Michael Moseley General, USAF Chief of Staff AF Chief of Staff remembers OIF anniversary, sacrifices March 19 marked the 3rd anniversary of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the removal of an oppressive, dangerous regime. This was the culmination of a joint and coalition intense effort on land, sea, and air. I […]

Caprock Quilters lend hand, patch wounds left by war

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An embroidered label is hand sewn on the back of every quilt. The label reads, “In memory of a fallen hero, this quilt was lovingly made by the Caprock Quilters of Clovis, N.M.” Janet Taylor-Birkey Combining pieces of fabric in an artistic design with a sandwich of batting and backing fabric is known as a […]

5/27 Local Briefs

DWI checkpoint Friday On Friday, the Elida Police Department, in joint operation with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DWI check point in the town of Elida from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This operation is part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways of […]