Grass fire consumes 5,000 acres

Sharna Johnson A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk […]

Grass fire burns over 3,000 acres

Thirty fire department units, and 60 personnel, responded to a grass fire 20 miles south of Elida and 15 miles west of Milnesand on Sunday morning. According to Elida Fire Department Chief Rusty Cater and Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon, fire units from Arch, Milnesand, Elida, Causey, Dora, Floyd, Portales, Melrose and Tatum responded […]

Cannon housing needs tops list among Midwest bases

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]

Portales past: Aug. 12, 1945

Aug. 12, 1945: Commercial revolving shelf units for kitchen cabinets (Lazy Susans) were being made by almost all the manufacturers, according to Veda Strong, home management specialist with the New Mexico Extension Service.

Housing estimates

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The U.S. Census Bureau produces estimates of housing units for states and counties on an annual basis.

Housing changes for CAFB

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has major housing changes scheduled for the next five years as the military moves toward privatized housing. Crews are in the process of demolishing 350 housing units that were built in 1966, according to base officials. Meanwhile, 441 new housing units will be built after […]

Precautions advised when using heatings units

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Lingering cold weather in Curry and Roosevelt counties has prompted residents to turn up the heat. Temperatures have taken a steady dive due to the combination of recent rainfall and overcast conditions. Tuesday’s high in Roosevelt and Curry counties was 45 degrees, according to Annette Mokry, meteorologist with the […]

Firefighters battle blaze west of Portales

PNT Staff Report Just before 4 p.m. Monday fire units from Portales, Floyd and Elida responded to a grass fire eight miles west of Portales that burned 300 acres along U.S. 70. Three fire units from Portales, five from Elida and four from Floyd contained the blaze in two hours, said Mickey Hargrove, Portales Fire […]

Area men work to provide clean water, God’s word

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Bible scriptures that refer to Jesus Christ as “the living water” aren’t lost on three Portales men who set up water purification systems and taught the Gospel recently in Nepal. Charlie Crane, David McFadden and Claude Vigil spent nearly two weeks in the southwest part of Nepal during November, […]

School board briefed on downtown plan

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Manager Debi Lee and Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Wilkening brought Portales school board members up to speed on a recent community planning process aimed at improving the city’s downtown. Lee told board members designers used a process called a design charrette in which community members share their […]

Firefighters fear nasty fire season

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A fire that began on the north end of the Melrose Bombing Range on Wednesday had area firefighters concerned for a while that a fire disaster similar to the 35,000 acre fire that roared through the community of Floyd last December could be on their hands. Wednesday’s fire was […]

Air Force selects units likely to come to CAFB

Freedom Newspapers The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in the July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article Friday to […]

Local Guard switching from artillery to transportation

By Andy Jackson Plans are in place that would change the duties of Army National Guard units based in Clovis and Portales over the next two years, from air defense artillery units to transportation, according to public affairs officer Lt. Col. Kim Lalley of the New Mexico Army National Guard. With the restructuring, recruiters hope […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closing lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept Defense […]

Money earmarked for business facades

By Tony Parra City councilors on Tuesday approved to fund a program which would help downtown businesses in the development of facades. Councilors approved to give the Portales MainStreet Facade Improvement Program $5,000 during the city meeting. The program allows for business owners in the downtown area to apply for a grant of up to […]

Rumsfeld orders air, land and marine forces to gulf

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has odered about 62,000 more US troops to head for the Persian Gulf region in coking days, doubling the size of the force now arrayed on the periphery of Iraq, two senior US officials said Saturday. The movements make clear that the Pentagon intends to have sufficient […]