Growth committee solidifies procedures

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A fledgling eastern New Mexico committee that deals with growth issues related to the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base solidified its operational procedures Wednesday. New Cannon tenants, the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, assume ownership of Cannon in October 2007. In anticipation, the Local Growth Management […]

Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of […]

ENMU womens basketball at home

By Freedom Newspapers ENMU (5-1) vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-6), 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. Radio: none. On the Net: www.enmusports.com. Notes: The teams met in the Zias’ season opener on Nov. 18 at Goodwell, Okla., with ENMU winning 64-57. That started the Lady Aggies on a six-game losing streak following a 78-41 rout […]

Lady Rams look to improve at Otero Rio Rancho Invite

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez runs from one side of the court to the other shouting instructions to her girls Wednesday night at practice in the Portales gymnasium, just hours before the team heads north for an annual competition against much bigger schools. Gomez and the Lady Rams are by far the […]

Hounds grab road win

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — It didn’t take long Tuesday night for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s team to turn a tight game into a blowout. Justin Redman-Trotter, Dwight Collins and Tristan Largent hit 3-point shots in the final minute of the first half — including a shot from beyond midcourt by Largent as […]

Cannon airman killed in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The commander of the Cannon Air Force Base bomb disposal unit was killed Sunday when a helicopter transporting soldiers went down in a lake in Iraq, according to military officials. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, was one of four who died Sunday when their Sea […]

City council meets with housing developers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors got their first face-to-face meeting with officials from UniDev LLC, the Bethesda, Md. company selected as the master developer for a proposed affordable housing project in Portales. Peter Smirniotopoulos, vice president of development and Jeffrey Koskinen, assistant project manager were on hand at Tuesday’s regular city […]

The craft of caring

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two groups of Portales High School students have banded together to help local cancer patients’ struggle with the disease a little bit easier. According to Debbie Stenstrom, Family Career and Community Leaders of America teacher at PHS, students in her Clothing Construction and Costume Design class have taken the […]

Star Wars best when watched in moderation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Black Friday was great for me. I’d been waiting for just this day to save a little bit of money on three particular DVDs that together comprise what I’ve always known as “The Trilogy.” I’ve never been an obsessed Star Wars fan, but I’m a big enough fan to feel […]

Retro pay reaches $31,000, averages $1,500

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Two months into a year-long review of pay records and disability compensation histories for 140,000 military retirees have produced a total of $45 million in back pay to 31,000 disabled retirees, say officials in charge. The lump-sum payments average about $1,500. Ten retirees have received more than $25,000 each, […]