Medical officials address Traumatic Stress Response

By Capt. Bryan W. Bovitz: 27th Special Operations Medical Group Mental Health Clinic Traumatic Stress Response teams are a valuable mental heath tool for airmen and their families in times of stress or tragedy. The teams are prepared to assist in the aftermath of ground and air mishaps, natural disasters, major accidents, or any incident […]

Their view: President wants to punish prosperity

President wants to punish prosperity Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech Wednesday:

Today’s closings and delays

Area schools and institutions are closing or postponing events today in response to weather and the governor’s declaration. • Eastern New Mexico University — Business offices and classes canceled until Monday. • Clovis Community College — Closed until Monday. • Portales Municipal Schools — Closed until Monday. • Roosevelt County offices — Closed until Monday. […]

Shoutouts —

Missing dog returned We thank God for answering our prayers and we thank the newspaper, dog catcher, police department, university police, students and many residents who helped look for our Chihuahua and our dad, Alga D. Hahn. Thanks to all the many people who called in response to our ad about our black and white […]

Their view: High Plains Patriots united against big government

Kim Runyan, president of the High Plains Patriots, has this response to a letter from Portales’ Gene Bundy published earlier this month:

Military feature: Base, Clovis firefighters train in joint exercise at Cannon

Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis fire departments teamed up July 26 for their annual airplane fire response training at the base. The two-hour training exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for fire departments that serve airports, according to Clovis Fire Department Training Officer Rick Potter. “The easiest and the cheapest and […]

Portales Past: May 31, 1910

May 31, 1910: Representatives of the Southwest Holiness Association visited Portales with plans to start a college. The response was less than welcoming, with only the mayor, a press representative and “two others who went to sleep” attending the meeting, the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Training, education keys to disaster response

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to deal with tragedy on the scale of the earthquake in Haiti, they must be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather and the possibility of an agriculture disaster. Curry and Roosevelt counties also face the possibility of ice storms and grass fires. The counties use […]

Exercise helps airmen prepare for emergency

By Capt. Mae-Li Allison, 27th SOW Public Affairs Representatives from the 27th Special Operations Wing and local community functional areas with emergency management responsibilities met here May 28-29 to discuss how they would respond to natural and man-made disasters. Designated All Hazards Response Training, the “tabletop exercise” encouraged discussion about how Cannon AFB and the […]

New emergency response vehicle arrives

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs It looks pretty much like any 26,000 pound, 39-foot RV going down the road, if you ignore the enormous gold signage that says “Emergency Management Cannon AFB.” The Mobile Emergency Operations Center vehicle made its official appearance at Cannon Air Force Base on March 27, as […]

September 28, 1988

• Construction began on the new Midway Dance Hall, located seven miles east of Portales on US 70. • Retired school teacher Frank Burke was busy shoveling garbage from underneath the railroad crossing on North Main Street. Burke, who was tired of getting no response from either the city or the county on the situation, […]

Locking your keys in the car can be a positive experience

Greg Allen An occasional memory lapse can be a good thing. That “occasional memory lapse” happened to my wife Suzanne last week, but it reinforced the good feelings she and I both have about living here. Suzanne had gone to the library downtown to return some books and discovered she had locked her keys in […]

Bush takes responsibility for Katrina response failures

Tom Raum: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush for the first time took responsibility Tuesday for federal government mistakes in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and suggested the calamity raised broader questions about the government’s ability to handle both natural disasters and terror attacks. “Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels […]