Cold front heats up emergencies

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and found their yards and vehicles covered with a fine, white layer of frost from a blast of Arctic air off the Rockies. Temperatures remained in the teens Wednesday with 15 to 24 mph winds making it seem even colder, according to the […]

Business Feature: Shiner Computer Repair

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor What Jimmie Shiner III lacks in experience and formal training, he says he overcompensates for in desire, tenacity and intuitiveness. Desire got the young man into business for himself, the tenacity has kept him going through his first year at Shiner Computer Repair. Shiner was born in Chicago and moved […]

Mandatory briefing for Cannon lieutenants

Tech. Sgt. Steven Crow In an effort to right-size and shape the force for the future, Air Force officials have approved an annual board that will evaluate officers for continued service at their three-year point as part of the service’s force management program. The first Force Shaping board is scheduled to convene April 3, 2006 […]

Med Group to offer Acute Care Walk-in Service

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The 27th Medical Group is pleased to announce the launch of its new Acute Care Walk-in Service on Monday. This service is for beneficiaries enrolled in Family Practice and will be open Monday through Friday. Check-in times Monday through Thursday will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from […]

Project to bring down ‘Digital Divide’ in Portales

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Yucca Telecom of Portales announced earlier this week that the company is preparing to launch an $11.3 million project in the next 30 days to install a fiber optic network throughout Portales. The project is expected to take about a year. “We’re investing in our community, our schools and our […]

Leadership learned through experience, guidance

Jim Lee: Local columnist On Saturday, I became a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portales. It was the first day of our club’s new administrative year, and officers serve a one-year term. Elwyn Hulett became our new president. Elwyn will do a great job, and I’ll be able to take a break now. […]

Serviceman evokes feelings of faith, volunteerism

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just before I start to lose faith in the human condition and get swept away in a torrent of apathy, I usually meet someone who restores my faith. James Montgomery, a young National Guardsman from Portales did that for me this week. James is home for a short two weeks, […]

Sept. 21 Veterans’ Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers M.C. Kelly Date of birth: Sept. 14, 1918 Dates of service: 1942-1969 served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam Hometown: Bellville, Kansas Theater and location of service: Europe, based out of England Branch: Army Air Force Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and Specialty: Fighter pilot, 376 Squadron in the 361st […]

Tricare specifies maternity benefits in wake of ‘mini-boom’

Airman Thomas Trower Although on a scale smaller than the legendary “Baby Boom” following World War II, “mini-booms” are occurring at military installations across the nation as troops return from overseas assignments. Because many of our nation’s patriots are coming from Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve ranks, not all parents-to-be are familiar with […]

Sept. 4 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. World War II profiles are compiled by staff writer Sharna Johnson. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com […]

Veteran Profiles, Sept. 2

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Marshall Vinson Date of Birth: March 17, 1924 Dates of service: April 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Motley County, near Matador, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of service: Europe, Italy Branch: Army Rank: Pvt. 1st class Unit and specialty: 10th Mountain Division, Mule Packer After discharge: Motley County […]

Gasoline prices continue to rise throughout U.S.

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Brad Foss: The Associated Press Gasoline prices leaped nationwide Wednesday as key refineries and pipelines remained crippled by Hurricane Katrina, crimping supplies and leading to caps on the amount of fuel delivered to retailers. Wednesday in Portales, gas prices averaged $2.75 per gallon for regular unleaded. Javier Gomez filled up his truck at the Town […]

City employee receives overdue medals

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Years before Tom “Mack” Tucker was working for the city of Portales in its parks and recreational areas, he was fighting for the United States in Vietnam. More than 35 years after he finished five tours in Vietnam, Tucker was honored for his service with a Purple Heart and […]

Aug. 31 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Carl Field Born: 1921 Dates of Service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Dora Lives in: Dora Theater or location of service: Mesa, Ariz. Branch: Army Rank: 2nd lieutenant Unit and Specialty: Flight instructor After discharge: San Angelo, Texas Field served as a flight instructor throughout his enlistment in the Army. Henry Gallegos Date […]

World War II veteran profiles

Herman Berkstaller Born: 1922 Dates of service: Aug. 8, 1942 to Sept. 1945 Hometown: Roswell Lives in: Elida Theater or location of service: China, Burma and India, western Pacific Unit and specialty: 20th Air Force, B-29 flight engineer After discharge: El Paso, Texas Veteran organizations: American Legion, VFW Albuquerque Berkstaller said he was in the […]

Call center coming to Clovis

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer When many people order at a fast-food drive through, they assume they’re talking to a person in that building. In the near future, however, it could be an operator in Clovis taking their orders from around the country. An SEI call center is scheduled to open in Clovis before the […]

July 21 Obituaries

James W. Nutt, 75 Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Elida Cemetery. James W. Nutt, 75, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at his home west of Portales. He was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Broken Bow, Okla., to Elizabeth and Robert N. Nutt. He grew up on a family farm near Erick, Okla. He […]

Hospital receives grant for scanner

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A full-body MRI scan of patients in Portales in time will be a 24-7 option at the Roosevelt General Hospital with the help of a $1.04 million grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman […]

Base closure recommendation list

The Associated Press Alabama: Abbott U.S. Army Reserve Center, Tuskegee Anderson U.S. Army Reserve Center, Troy Armed Forces Reserve Center, Mobile BG William P. Screws U.S. Army Reserve Center, Montgomery Fort Ganey Army National Guard Reserve Center, Mobile Fort Hanna Army National Guard Reserve Center, Birmingham Gary U.S. Army Reserve Center, Enterprise Navy Recruiting District […]

Heavy smokers more likely to be separated early

byy Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]