Volunteer profile: Melba and Carl Britton

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Name: Melba and Carl Britton Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Hospital auxiliary Why they do this: Melba has been a member of the group for 25 years and Carl for 12 years. “We love to work together,” Melba said. “We know it brings happiness to others and lets them know someone cares. Both of us […]

Our people: Happily ever after

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Frank and Carolyn Sherman of Clovis volunteered together as Chamber Ambassadors for the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce for 21 years. Frank was in the Air Force for 20 years and retired out of Cannon Air Force Base. The couple said they were always involved in the communities where they lived. They said […]

Wike named new drug task force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Their view: Candidates anything but gracious

Retired newspaper editor and sometimes columnist Ned Cantwell is annoyed with the antics of both candidates in New Mexico’s governor’s race. Excerpts from a recent opinion piece:

Volunteer profile: Billie Reagan

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Name: Billie Reagan Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I was used to working every day. I don’t like to stay at home, so I volunteered to take sherbet and juice to the patients in the hospital. I’ve been doing this since 2001. I also […]

Officials decline to reveal new Drug Task Force coordinator

Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made in a […]

Anniversaries — June 6

Nance John and Teresa Nance of Causey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2010, at Causey Community Building. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married June 5, 1960, in Lingo. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

Widows being compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Gary Watkins

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Name: Gary Watkins Birth date: Feb. 7, 1955 Profession: Retired from Portales fire department Years in Portales: Life If you’d like to ask him some questions: 760-8962 or shortman103@hotmail.com

ENMU adopting pair of greyhounds

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University is going to the dogs, and not in a bad way. The school is getting a pair of retired racing greyhounds to serve as official mascots. The greyhounds will begin appearing at university and community events starting early next year. A committee of student leaders […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

Anniversary

Smartnick Wilbur (Web) and Jan Smartnick of Portales celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children. The couple married Aug. 1, 1959, in Durango, Colo. They have three children and three grandchildren. He is […]

Business Feature: Retirees delve into second business

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When Jo Anna Baker and her husband, Wayne, retired from farming, she didn’t know what she could do with her time. After some thought and the purchase of an embroidery machine, Baker realized there was a need in Portales for a custom embroidery shop. Baker said she slowly started to add equipment to her shop. […]

Governor hopeful vows to clean up state Capitol

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A potential Republican candidate for New Mexico governor vowed to remove corruption from state government and make the state better for businesses during a stop in Portales Tuesday. Albuquerque businessman and retired U.S. Marine Allen Weh spoke to the Roosevelt County Republican Party Tuesday in the Portales National Bank […]

First person: Pastor returns to answer call

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Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn moved away from Cannon and after several years, retired from the service at Onizuka Air Station in California. Around the time he retired, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church needed a pastor and they […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who retired in 2004, graduated May 8 with a doctorate in Higher Education from Texas Tech […]

Anniversaries

Chambers Charles and Evelyn Chambers of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Portales, 200 S. Ave., C. The celebration will be hosted by their son, Craig Chambers, and their daughter, Tonya Linton. The couple was married May 31, 1959, […]

Retired teacher named new Portales city councilor

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Antonio Salguero, a cancer survivor and retired teacher, is the newest member of the Portales City Council. Salguero was sworn in Friday, replacing Jake Lopez, who resigned after winning a seat on the Roosevelt County Commission. “This is my chance, provided my health doesn’t go out or anything like […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Anniversaries

Carter Alva and Mary Helen Carter of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. The couple was married on Oct. 4, 1958, in Portales. He is a retired Portales High School administrator