School board concerned over test scores

By Tony Parra The results of reading and math proficiency tests from the New Mexico state Public Education Department, which were released on Friday and in Sunday’s News-Tribune, were still on the minds of school board members during a school board meeting on Monday night. There were 158 Portales High School 11th graders tested and […]

Kernan holds off Palmer

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent While lawmakers across the state will be fretting on Election Day in early November, worrying if they will get enough support to win their races, Gay Kernan will probably have her feet up. Kernan’s hard work is already done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, […]

Regents OK branch status for Ruidoso

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a resolution supporting branch campus status for the Ruidoso Instructional Center on Monday during the Board of Regents meeting. For Ruidoso to become a branch campus, the New Mexico Commission for Higher Education and the Legislature must approve the request. Eastern officials hope the […]

Realistic training is the best chance for survival

Ray Sullivan As a Marine combat veteran, I know the best chance of surviving war for any serviceman or woman is to train hard, train realistically and train often. That’s why I support the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Melrose Bombing Range. It […]

Officials seek funding from Legislature

David Arkin Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he expected a huge funding bill that included numerous capital outlay requests to be voted on sometime during the next few days. Harden, who headed for Clovis on Thursday to attend to family matters, said he submitted his priorities for capital outlay before he left. There’s expected to […]

State, local officials against base closings

David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. The […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Six pilots and about 155 support personnel are on their way to an undisclosed country in the Arabian Gulf for a special training exercise with local Arab air forces. About 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 jets from Cannon’s 522nd Fighter Squadron, including one piloted by base commander Col. […]

Businesses expand, seek local support

Tony Parra Two businesses are depending on the support of the Portales community in their moves to expand from their current locations. Robert’s Television and Appliance is having it’s grand opening on Friday and Saturday in it’s new 20,000 square foot building at 509 South Avenue C, where the old Poynors Home and Auto Inc. […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]

Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]

Calendar

MONDAY Blackwater Draw Museum — 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: 562-2202. Brain Injury Support Group — 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St. in Portales. Details: Karla or Judy at 359-1964. E-mail: karlat@yucca.net. AARP/55 ALIVE Driver Safety Program — Clovis Community College, […]

Deployed Cannon airmen returning home

Freedom Newspapers About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]

Gold star moms remember children lost on battlefield

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]

Richardson swings through area

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By Jack King On a swing through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, Gov Bill Richardson expressed support for a Ute Lake surface water distribution system, but was peppered with questions about his education reform plan by educators in Roosevelt County. Richardson’s visits were part of a three-day, 11-city tour of eastern and southern New Mexico […]