Military plot twists show bureaucracy’s problems

Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly disturbing. […]

Sale benefits dairy destroyed by tornado

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Continuing to feel the outpouring of support from the community, Mike and Cindy Mitchell stepped into the sale ring at Portales Livestock for a $136,375 check. The check was the result of a benefit sale sponsored by Portales Livestock owner Randy Bouldin to help the couple. The Mitchell’s business, […]

McAlister honored at Ag Expo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd McAlister was honored Wednesday for his longtime support of the agriculture industry and the community during a celebration at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. McAlister served more than 22 years as the Roosevelt County extension agent, during which time he started the Ag Expo. “Floyd has […]

Call center ups capacity

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By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an entire day’s operation for one of the fast-food restaurants. Although there is no food or cooking equipment, there is a fully functional cash register. The system […]

Survivors get support at relay

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer She surpassed the odds in the control of her cancer and served as honorary chairperson of the annual Relay for Life charity event for the American Cancer Society Friday and Saturday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Bethany Harenberg, a 19-year-old Eastern New Mexico University sophomore, was diagnosed with melanoma […]

Chamber honors longtime residents

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Surprise was evident and awards were presented during Saturday’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. “I’m speechless,” said Frankye King, as she came forward to receive the Workhorse of the Year award. King has been involved in many organizations throughout the years, from raising money for Roosevelt General Hospital […]

Counselors offering support

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grief-stricken faculty and staff from Steiner Elementary gathered on Tuesday morning to offer support to the classmates of Lorenzo Cabral, Jr., who died on Jan. 4. School counselors were on-site to visit with the students parents about the situation. After a brief meeting with the parents, the counselors then […]

Year in Review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • Deep battlefield re-supply, interdiction, and close air support Four major groups support the wing: Operations, […]

Plan for unified medical care rejected

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Air Force opposition has scuttled Army and Navy plans to merge the three services’ large medical bureaucracies, led now by three surgeons general, into a single Unified Medical Command. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England decided this month not to endorse such a major streamlining of the military health care system […]

Portales schedules pep rally

PNT Staff Report With just three state football championships to its credit, the last one in 1988, Portales is poised to cheer its team on with a community pep rally at 5:30 p.m. tonight on the Roosevelt County Courthouse steps. According to Ram Booster Club President Shelley Stanley the club always works to support the […]

Transition under way at Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]

Call center plans to add 80 jobs

Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers SEI-CCS LLC plans to add up to 80 jobs by the end of the year to its Clovis bilingual customer care center, nearly tripling the number of employees, according to a company spokesperson. The company received $282,108 in state Job Training Incentive Awards to create 71 of the jobs, according to […]

Nominating conventions get under way today

By Andy Jackson Lance Pyle received an earful of calls this week from political candidates soliciting his support, and his mailbox has been overflowing with candidate mail in recent days, he said. Pyle is one 17 Democratic and 10 Republican delegates from Curry County who are attending the state’s political party nominating conventions today at […]

Oasis manager awaits new heart

By Sharna Johnson In a state park office on a long stretch of road between Clovis and Portales, Jim Whary spends his day in limbo, like he has everyday for the past few months. Currently undergoing evaluation to be placed on a heart transplant list, Whary, 50, has been diagnosed with a slew of heart […]

Minimum wage bill features party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]

Minimum wage bill has party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 7

Bush in touch with Americans So our friends on the Leftist-controlled media would love to assure us that President Bush is “embattled,” out of touch with the American people and has low approval ratings. Oh? They also assure us there was “propaganda” planted by the U.S. in Iraq papers to pretend that Iraqis support the […]

Nov. 1 Community Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Parents of sexual assault victims — 7 […]

9-13 Community Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Parents of sexual assault victims — 7 […]

Rollercoaster of emotions comes with vote process

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The day before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment hearings opened in Washington, Gov. Bill Richardson was exchanging high fives and feeling confident Cannon Air Force Base could be spared from closure. One day later, that optimism gave way to uncertainty and concern, and Cannon backers said they weren’t sure […]