Dora graduates 14 on Sunday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Be smart! Read often! Exercise your mind! And learn a skill so you can support your family and your future! These were words of advice from retiring teacher JoBeth Massey to 14 Dora High School graduates on Sunday. Marching in to the tune of “Against the Wind,” the graduates, […]

Elida graduate receives Army commendations

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer An Elida High School graduate was recently awarded two commendations from the U.S. Army for his actions while serving in Iraq. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner of Albuquerque was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge, according to an Army press release. Turner […]

Portales couple support each others’ PhD quest

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Children at Sylvia Martinez’s school at Lockwood Elementary in Clovis call her Mrs. Dr. Martinez. “That inspires them to get a good education!” Martinez says. “But for me, the title is not a big thing. It’s the journey that it took to get there. It took a lot of […]

Employers get close look at Guard mission

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico With war raging abroad and the occasional state-wide emergency calling New Mexico national guardsmen and reservists into action, the various New Mexico employers providing those soldiers are an increasing silent, but essential partner with federal and state forces. The men and women in uniform got the chance to show […]

Stuart Ingle announces he will seek re-election

PNT Staff Report Veteran state senator Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced he will seek re-election to his District 27 Senate seat, according to a press release. “It is very rewarding to serve the rural character of the people of Chaves, Curry, Roosevelt and DeBaca counties. It is a tremendous honor and privilege,” Ingle said. “I hope […]

Kiwanis chili supper slated for Friday

PNT Staff Report Portales Kiwanis Club members are looking to heat things up at their annual chili supper from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C in Portales. The club is offering traditional beef chili as well as vegetarian varieties, along with a variety of choices […]

Republicans still have time to unite or change minds

The fallout from the Super Tuesday presidential primary contests has Democrats still taking their time to pick between two popular candidates while Republicans are trying to decide if they can embrace the frontrunner from Arizona, who is better known as a maverick than as a party standard bearer. Sen. John McCain already is working to […]

Hospital starting stop-smoking program

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital is starting a new tobacco cessation program just in time to help many smokers with their New Year’s resolution. RGH was selected as one of 10 hospitals in New Mexico for the Hospitals Helping program, which is aimed at helping patients as well as those in […]

Disabled man attempts cross country run

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections An explosion in Vietnam robbed a young Marine of his legs, but not his faith and perseverance. Gene Roberts is on a mission to show how God helps people overcome challenges. The Maryland native is running across the United States on prosthetic limbs designed for athletics. “It is challenging, but […]

Cannon construction hinges on passage of bill

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A funding bill before the U.S. Congress could help Air Force Special Operations Command begin construction at Cannon Air Force Base earlier than planned if it meets with final approval, according to AFSOC officials. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that included more than $10 million in funds to […]

Health Department requests support

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Health were in town Tuesday to ask the Roosevelt County commissioners for their support in any future expansion of space and services for the Portales Public Health Department, according to Region 4 director Linda Monk. “We’re here for informational purposes only,” Monk said […]

Cannon airman honored

By Tech. Sgt. Kevin Allen: 506th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq — Airman 1st Class Rodney Canary, 506th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Combat Support Fuels apprentice, earned recognition as the 506th Air Expeditionary Group’s Diamond Sharp Award winner for the week of June 10 – 16 2007. Canary, a Wichita, […]

Air Force stays true to original mission

Commentary by Lt. Col. Thomas Doyle: 27th Comptroller Squadron commander CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — One might say that I’m another air guardsmen finding oneself on active duty trying to do my part for the Global War on Terror. First, I would like to convey my appreciation to wing leadership and Maj. Randolph Toris for […]

Troops train on Andersen Air Force Base

By Master Sgt. Art Webb: 36th Operations Group ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Eighteen F-16s from Cannon Air Force Base’s 522nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron recently arrived in Guam in support of the deployment for the Theater Security Package to the Western Pacific. The nearly 400-person deployment is part of the continuing force posture to […]

Calendar week of May 5-11

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. Saturday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon to […]

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, […]

27th MDG ponies up rides, offers ‘eggs’citing day for youths

The Easter bunny takes a break from hiding eggs to help out swinging some children on the playground at Unity Park Saturday. Airman Elliott Sprehe Smiles and laughter abounded as children ranging from newborn to 12 gathered for the annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Unity Park. Sponsored by the 27th Medical Group’s Booster Club […]

Phase II: Readiness is the reason

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After an alarm red from an exercise air attack was downgraded to alarm black at a previous Phase II readiness exercise, 27th Communications Squadron Senior Airmen Hector Medina (left) and Anthony Squeo conduct a post-attack reconnaissance survey. Col. Scott West Warriors of the 27th Fighter Wing, Our ability to deploy and employ airpower and expeditionary […]

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 […]