Area schools get upgrade

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer For some area students and teachers, the second half of the school year will bring some new changes, as Brown Early Childhood Center and Dora schools open up new additions at their schools. Dora schools are getting set to be completely up and running in the new addition of […]

Clovis hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

Roosevelt General celebrates fifth anniversary

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital buzzed with activity Friday as it celebrated its fifth anniversary. Hospital staff and community members were out in full force to mark the occasion. With a festive feel in the air, people lined up to dine on grilled hamburgers and fresh roasted green chili. Hospital staff […]

District attorneys’ offices moving

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The staff of the 9th Judicial District Attorney in Roosevelt and Curry counties will experience a change of scenery by the end of this year, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. The district attorney’s offices in both Portales and Clovis are moving from […]

PHS, PJHS ready to begin school year

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Building on last years success and striving for better excellence, not just in academics but in athletics and activities alike is what Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser says he hopes for the 2006-2007 school year. “I think we had a great year last year, we just raised the bar,” […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains Regional Medical Center. As she gently stroked Jordan’s soft thatch of shiny black hair, her 7-year-old son, Seth, lay stretched out beside her with one pudgy arm thrown across her […]

PNT receives second place

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE – The Portales News-Tribune won an award for second place in column writing Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet. The entry was by Managing Editor Karl Terry for a column entitled “Grandma Terry” remembering the life of his grandmother following her death last fall. […]

Col. West to assume 27th FW reins

27th Fighter Wings Public Affairs staff report Col. Scott West assumes command of the 27th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Col. John Posner in a ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hangar 208 at Cannon. Col. Posner departs Cannon for duty in Washington, D.C. Col. West arrives from the 52nd Fighter Wing […]

Governor orders flags to half-staff Thursday in honor of Doc Stewart

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson ordered all state flags be flown at half-staff today through Thursday in honor of Clovis civic leader and devout Cannon Air Force Base supporter Ernest “Doc” Stewart. Stewart, 81, died Monday due to heart and pulmonary complications. A crowd of more than 1,000 is expected to attend Stewart’s memorial service […]

Cannon pharmacy keeps meds on the move

Airman 1st Class Charles John, Cannon pharmacy, demonstrates how pharmacists and technicians use recipes to “cook” on the job. Janet Taylor-Birkey On this day, more than 210 prescriptions wait to be filled by the Component Health Care System (CHCS), a computer system for prescriptions at the Cannon pharmacy, and the clinic staff have not seen […]

Air Force Chief idenitifes possible Cannon mission

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one promising […]

Pastors are our national treasures

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Pastors who respond to God’s call to ministry are special people. October is Clergy Appreciation Month and is observed by affirmation and encouragement for our pastors. These spiritual leaders are gifts from God. Ministers and their families live in a world that never stops. Their workload is large and tedious. Many […]

N.M. National Guardsman dies in Iraq

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — A Farmington soldier died Saturday morning in Iraq after being struck in the head by shrapnel from an explosive device, the governor’s office announced. Sgt. Marshal A. Westbrook, 43, was married and the father of five children. A member of the Albuquerque-based 126th Military Police company, he is […]

Services lists five steps to quality child care

27th Services Squadron Quality child care can make a big difference in the future of your child. Choosing quality care, gives children a head start on a strong mind, body, and spirit and a better chance to become a more productive adult. Here are some general points about choosing quality care. 1. Look — Does […]

Flags to be half-staff

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson today issued an executive order directing that flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Damian Garza. Garza was killed Aug. 4 when his vehicle crashed into a river near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. “Our heartfelt sorrow and gratitude go out to […]

Pair of BRAC commissioners to abstain from vote on Cannon

By David Irvin Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the number of participating […]

Principi letter questions BRAC choices

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

Delegation wants base closing details

By Staff and Wire reports SANTA FE — The state has hired a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm and an Albuquerque consulting company to help in the effort to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. The base at Clovis is one of only two Air Force bases recommended by the Pentagon for closing nationwide under […]

CASA seeks help

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Court Appointed Special Advocates from Clovis and Portales are trying to combat the child abuse in Roosevelt County with the help of volunteers. April is considered National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. There are more than 380 children abused or neglected in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. Workers and […]