Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to get them […]

Arnold bows out of race for probate judge

PNT Staff For all intensive purposes, Nancy Gentry’s title as probate judge will remain the same for another four years. Her only challenger Municipal Judge Fred Arnold bowed out of the race on Thursday, leaving Gentry with the surety of another term. Gentry said Arnold told her the news personally. “I am very thrilled and […]

Motorcycle mom markets homes

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Name: Martie Dewbre Hiner Job: Sales Consultant at Portales Homes Supercenter Age (and birth date): 43 (Feb. 18, 1961). Hometown: Portales, raised in Morton, Texas. Family: Husband, Eddy Hiner; Children, Matt Turney (23), Chance Turney (20), Lindsey Turney (20). What do you think of Portales? “I love living in Portales. The people in Portales are […]

Commission to honor personable pastor

By Darrell Todd Maurina A pastor who served more than 50 years in six local Southern Baptist churches will be honored with a special reception by the Clovis City Commission on March 11. Clovis city commissioner Kevin Duncan said he wanted to honor the Rev. Herbert Bergstrom due to his years of service not only […]

Soul-stirring ‘Passion of Christ’ vivid for viewers

Darrell Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around the country on Wednesday. Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ’s death played to sellout crowds at Clovis’ North Plains Cinema — emotional, appreciative crowds who applauded its realism. “It’s graphic,” said Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist […]

ENMU to mourn tragic death of former student

Darrell Maurina Co-workers and friends expressed shock and disbelief Monday, following the apparent suicide of Clovis Community College instructor William H. Windley Jr. Police said Windley, 32, of Portales, purchased a gun and ammunition on Friday afternoon at the Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City store in Clovis, then shot himself in the head in front of […]

Zias look for wins to push them over .500

Kevin Wilson This year’s Zia basketball team picked up its seventh win on Thursday, compared to reaching that mark in the season finale last year. And although odds favor Eastern New Mexico topping last year’s win mark during a two-game Lone Star Conference South Division road trip, Dan Buzard feels there’s no room for the […]

Clovis church to welcome African Children’s Choir

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries accompanied by eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 […]

Local leader loses bout with cancer

Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good Lord […]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]

She was very much like a steel magnolia

David Stevens She enjoyed writing and painting and collecting Indian artifacts. She played the piano, acted as literary agent for creative family members and loved gardening. She was a beauty queen — Miss Roswell in 1947 — and could have been Miss New Mexico if she hadn’t caught the measles and been eliminated from the […]

Scientific wonder to take place in Fort Sumner

Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of the Wild West. But north of town, several miles down a two-lane road that passes fields with grazing goats and cows, stands the old Fort Sumner Army Air Field. While some buildings show their age […]

Officials hop BRAC won’t target Cannon

Darrell Todd Maurina Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has repeatedly cut the number of military personnel and military bases. Between 1988 and 1995, 97 major military bases were selected for closure in four rounds of cutbacks known as Base Realignment and Closure or “BRAC.” In 2005, a special nine-member […]

Dora High teen wins cooking contest

By Mike Linn Jena Bilberry wasn’t going to let a frito pie win this year’s New Mexico 4-H cooking competition. The Dora High School junior who had smelled but never tasted victory in seven previous years finally won approval of the judges’ stomachs on July 16 in Las Cruces. She edged 16 other competitors and […]

Elida mayor resigns

Mike Linn After more than 12 years as Elida’s mayor, Bennie Thurman is calling it quits. The longtime mayor of the town with roughly 200 residents resigned on July 11 and said many things have changed over the years. “There was no specific reason why I resigned — I just got tired and resigned,” Thurman […]

Tale of two patriots

Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists flew […]

Professor enjoyed work, life

By Angela Peacock A brilliant man with a dry sense of humor who had a unique outlook on life is how Troy Hunt said he will always remember his close friend Lee Scanlon. “Even though he understood the seriousness of (his profession) and of what others did, he found humor as a means of helping […]

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]