Staying safe online

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Sandy Loomis, Curry County Deputy sheriff, briefs children at the Cannon Air Force Base Youth Center on Nov. 23. Children raised their hand in the air if they had a social media website account to bring up cyber threats. Liliana Castillo The Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Cannon Air […]

Stay safe: don’t drink, drive

By William Keely: 27 SOW Safety Don’t let Halloween turn into a nightmare is a reference to both the spirit of Halloween and the possibility of arrest or crashes due to impaired driving. Night is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of […]

Program targets safe summer driving

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s […]

‘Cosby Show’ safe 80s movie remake

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Some thoughts I had while wondering if Jeff Daniels could ever land Maggie Gyllenhaal without a movie script involved: • If you draw a paycheck from an NBA team, you shouldn’t be on a panel voting for NBA awards. Why this doesn’t occur to the NBA, I don’t know. […]

Topsoil safe from wind

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Along with the moisture we’ve enjoyed over the late winter and early spring it seems like we’ve been blessed with fewer windy days than normal. After this past week a newcomer to the area might shake their head and think I’m crazy for saying we’ve had fewer windy days. No […]

City uncertain when Greene Acres Lake will reopen

Freedom New Mexico Greene Acres Lake continues to be closed to the public and city officials are unsure of when it will reopen. Interim Parks and Recreation Director and Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the lake is being tested regularly for elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria. High levels of the bacteria were discovered […]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Fort Hood tragedy reminder of danger surrounding military

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist The Fort Hood massacre is shaking the military community and Americans everywhere. Nothing seems more horrific, if it’s even possible to quantify these events on some horrible scale, than a soldier firing upon his comrades. As a military wife I can’t begin to imagine the pain, suffering and fear […]

EOD unit works to keep community safe

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Senior Airman Michael Cook, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal member, operates the HD-1 remote entry robot on base.. HD-1 are modeled robots, made by Remotech Andros, that assist in remote-entry situations. By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air […]

Aug. 31, 2008 Portales Junior High News

School closedPortales students and staff are out of school Monday in observance of Labor Day. Principal Steve Harris wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Editorial: Real fathers not portrayed in TV sitcoms

In the world of humor, fathers have become the fail-safe target. In television comedies and commercials, they are regularly depicted as out-of-touch with their families — and reality. They are stubbornly behind the times, playing air guitar to old Styx 8-tracks instead of quietly nodding to the beats of Finger Eleven fed through ear buds […]

Swimming safely

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By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico With warmer temperatures and summer on the way, more and more children and adults will be seeking refuge from the heat and fun in the sun at pools and lakes throughout the region. Potter Park Pool has been cleaned and inspected and is opening at 1 p.m. today. The […]

Officials seek safety for trick-or-treaters

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As night falls and trick-or-treaters begin to make the rounds, area officials are cautioning the public to keep an extra eye out for them. Extra patrols of law enforcement officers will be out during the evening, especially in higher traffic areas, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “They (drivers) […]

Holiday safety tips important

Halloween, the one night of the year where children and adults get dressed up, try to scare each other and get an old fashion sugar buzz from all the candy they collect, is quickly approaching. The men and women of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron along with support from local volunteers will have […]

Richardson orders review of four bridges

Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — A bridge on U.S. 54 near Logan is one of four steel-truss bridges in New Mexico that will undergo a comprehensive inspection, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday. The bridges are built similar to the one that collapsed Wednesday on 1-35 in Minneapolis, which resulted in four deaths, 79 injured and at […]

Fireworks frenzy

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer As Independence Day approaches, and families stock up for their home fireworks presentations, Portales and Roosevelt County officials want to keep people safe while they celebrate the holiday. Portales Fire Chief Raul Muñiz said last year’s celebration went off without a hitch, and he hopes the people of Portales […]

Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

Dry conditions, fireworks make for nervous mixture

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer With dry conditions and bans on some types of fireworks in place, local fire officials are nervous about the possiblity of fires while vendors are concerned that business may fizzle. Eric Segovia, the manager of two Segovia Fireworks stands in Portales said stands are going to have to go […]

Sept. 5 Portales Junior High News

No school Monday Students and staff join their families Monday as the school releases to celebrate Labor Day. Principal Steve Harris wishes each family a safe and relaxing time together as they prepare for a great school year.   Patriotic assembly Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks extends a cordial invitation to all law enforcement officers, firemen, […]