Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

CNJ staff Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

County Commission to meet

Roosevelt County Commissioners are to meet at 9 a.m. today at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request from the City of Portales to locate a monument, a presentation by Larry Lundberg of Wells Fargo Brokerage and approval of changes to the county personnel policy.

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

Students collect phone cards

PNT Staff The Portales Schools Performing Arts Department is conducting its second annual Phone Card Drive for soldiers serving overseas. Members are collecting unused phone cards or donations to buy them to distribute to military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan. Donation jars are to be available at winter performances. The concerts are free and at […]

Education compact would help military children

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico As military installations such as Cannon Air Force Base receive new personnel from other installations, the Department of Defense is asking, “But what about the children?” A transition to a new base can be difficult for school-aged children in military families, according to Jim Rickel, a quality of life […]

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Cannon announces first major wave of personnel

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation learned Tuesday the Air Force Special Operations Command will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. The first of eight AC-130H aircraft could arrive at Cannon as early as October, along with associated crew and support personnel. Over the […]

Firefighters battle structure fires

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PNT Staff Report Area fire departments were kept busy Monday fighting two major structure fires along with severe weather in southern Roosevelt County.Portales Fire Department personnel were called to a residential structure fire shortly before midnight Monday in south Portales. The fire was quickly contained by firefighters, but it appeared to have caused major damage […]

Officials say base numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

GAO: Cannon may receive fewer planes, people than planned

Freedom New Mexico Military officials are considering sending fewer planes and personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office. “AFSOC originally projected that about 5,700 personnel would be moved to Cannon by the end of fiscal year 2010. However, because of funding […]

Residents prepare for transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Organization, said his group plans to use Defense Department funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Firefighters respond to fire at local business

PNT Staff Report Portales Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday night at S.O.S. Outlet Store, located at 113 North Avenue I. According to the report, the fire started in a small room located inside the building. Upon investigation, firefighters found a melted five gallon bucket that was partially filled […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

Statement studies proposals’ effects

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer variations of restructuring scenarios for […]

Bombing range fire knocked out quickly

Freedom Newspapers A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials. The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base. Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose […]

Vial can help save lives

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Saving a life and providing a sense of security are the foundation for the development of the Vial of Life program available through Wal-Mart stores. Geared toward the elderly, residents record personal information, emergency contact numbers, medical history, a medication list and other pertinent information and place it in […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]