Star child care provider receives quarterly award

Airman Thomas Trower Excelling in family care standards earned Ms. Bonnie Gillespie honors as the Family Child Care Provider of the Quarter for October through December 2005. Ms. Gillespie has been a licensed provider since September and has provided care in her home since October, she said. Ms. Gillespie’s home is arranged for multi-age care, […]

Promoting environmental safety, compliance, remediation, stewardship

1st Lt. James Nichols Cannon Air Force Base celebrated Earth Day/Arbor Day April 21, 2005 at Doc Stewart Park. During the celebration, Cannon was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for the seventh consecutive year. “Winning Tree City USA for the seventh year in a row shows how dedicated […]

Enhancing productivity of the installation’s work force

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet on the flight line one or two jets at a time. A phase inspection is an in-depth teardown and close look at the inside […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Improving Cannon Air Force Base’s quality of life

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]

New communications building partially open

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the first day for classes at Eastern New Mexico University and university students used the day to break in the new state-of-the-art communications building. Scott Smart, vice president for business affairs at ENMU, updated the ENMU Regents on the construction projects taking place or scheduled for the 2006 year during […]

Ute Lake Ranch draws fire locally

By Tonya Garner Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach club built around Ute […]

Dora construction nearing end of first phase

By Tony Parra The Dora Municipal Schools buildings are going through a facelift and teachers and administrators are anxious to settle into the building. One of the major aspects of the construction project is a new 16,470-square-foot addition which will join together the high school and elementary buildings. The area between the high school and […]

Dora and Elida among quality school districts

By Marlena Hartz When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico, including Dora and Elida have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others […]

GOP pushes refund of bed tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

Administration details spaceport plans, some skeptical

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed $225 million facility […]

Brother claims baby’s death was an accident

By Andy Jackson The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the death was an accident. Officials allege Benito Valdez, 16, shook his 4-month-old son before he died Saturday and then lied to police about the incident, court records show. Officials also allege the teen was responsible for a […]

ENMU teams face mediocre squads

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By Dave Wagner For the first time this season, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has put together back-to-back strong outings. Now, coach Shawn Scanlan is anxious to see if the Greyhounds can continue playing well on the road. ENMU (6-9), coming off convincing home wins last weekend over East Central (98-51) and […]

Rams win low-scoring battle with Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales did everything it could on offense to close the door on 5-13 Goddard, but the nail-in-the-coffin shots just never fell. So with the game in the balance, the Rams did nothing on offense, and it made the difference in a 49-39 win Tuesday night. Portales (8-7) recovered from […]

Clovis girls rout Portales

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — If defense wins championships, the Clovis Lady Wildcats played a first half worthy of a ring. Clovis held the visiting Portales Lady Rams to 10 first-half points en route to a 51-30 win Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. It was the Lady Cats’ third win in three tries […]

Dora goes overtime for first district win

Freedom Newspapers DORA — The Dora Coyotes survived late heroics from Tom Sullivan and used the trio of Casey O’Connor, Austin Prewett and Tyler Wilhoit to slide past Elida in its District 3-1A opener. O’Connor and Prewett both scored 20, while Wilhoit added 12 in a 61-57 overtime win. The win negated the efforts of […]

Columnist wants turn at trough

By Kevin Wilson We’re about to embark on another state legislative session, and I have a way to help. The debate that is raging deals with the rather significant sum of $529 million. That is the approximate amount of new revenue available for our elected representatives to use for 2006. Some in the House and […]

One arrest made in Clovis weekend shootings

Freedom Newspapers A 16-year-old has been arrested for the shooting of Efrin Tapia, 15, who suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm late Saturday night while walking on Main Street, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. A 16-year-old black male, whom police would not name, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated […]

RGH to ask for $1.1 million intensive care unit

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the start of the 2006 legislative session and hospital officials want a portion of the excess amount of capital outlay revenue for an intensive care unit. Monday was the first day of the 30-day session, which with the help of oil and gas revenues, has created the largest surplus in […]