Museum dedicated to preserving history

Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock is dedicated to the World War II experience from the perspective of the glider pilots who flew in every major invasion of that war. The focal piece of the museum is a restored WACO CG-4A glider, according to the museum’s Web site, www.silentwingsmuseum.com History In 1971, former pilots of the […]

Cannon couple completes marathon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Four months of intense training paid off June 3 when four Cannon Air Force Base family members crossed the finish line at the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. Holly Pingrey, Stephanie Wolf, Christine Caldwell and Capt. John Caldwell raced through southern California’s hills and streets to complete the 26.2 […]

Children can sense life's unfairness

Anita Doberman A few days ago, my second born, Anna, threw a temper tantrum because her older sister was going to play at the home of a friend from kindergarten. She insisted it was unfair, and what started with a pleading tone quickly escalated into whining and yelling about this apparent age discrimination. “Why did […]

Father's love knows no boundaries

Tonya Fennell Father’s Day is just around the corner and many Cannon Air Force dads will spend their special day thousands of miles away. But, even though they’re not with us physically, we can still celebrate the wonderful role they play in our children’s lives. My husband is a father of two and step-father of […]

Airman promotes air power

By U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — U.S. Air force Staff Sgt. Tiana Martel of Oceanside, Calif. is currently serving as a weapons systems video specialist at the Central Air Forces Combined Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia. “I collect aircraft video footage and produce video clips that are used by […]

Motorcycle safety top priority

27th Fighter Wing: Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The number of people who own and operate motorcycles continues to grow. Consequently, the number of motorcycle-related fatalities is also increasing. While some motorcycle accidents are the result of other drivers’ actions, too many are due to poor decisions by the motorcycle rider. Accident investigations […]

Airmen vie for bragging rights

Cannon Connections photo by Andy Delisle Cannon Air Force Base airmen display their speed and accuracy during the Pioneer Air Fest bomb loading competition. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections “Competitors, are you ready to load?” The question, asked by Cannon Air Force Base Master Sgt. Malachy Perry, echoed across the flight line June 8. Following […]

Superintendent says hiring on schedule

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler told the school board at its regular meeting Thursday that hiring of staff was on schedule and looking good overall. He announced that Mark McAfee has been named athletic director and coaches for the new high school soccer program had been hired and […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Guilty: Convicted on all eight charges

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found Stanley Bedford guilty Thursday on eight charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Jurors will return June 21 to decide whether Bedford should be executed for the […]

Jury to decide between prison, death penalty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The same jury that on Thursday convicted Stanley Bedford of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple will decide in a second, separate trial whether he should be executed as punishment. After the verdict was read, Judge Stephen Quinn immediately sentenced Bedford, 43, of Portales to 120 years […]

June 15, 1975

• Portales couple Andrew and Connie Sisneros and their 12 year-old son Andrew Jr, recorded an album of Spiritual Music with the St. Helen’s guitar choir. • Portales High School Future Farmers of America members Max Kennedy and Danny Rowland attended an electric camp sponsored by Southwestern Public Service. The camp was held on the […]

Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

Work hard to leave behind

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, in […]

Hussein not entire basis for decision leading to war in Iraq

Editorial Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distinguished and polished, as advertised, and generally in command of the issues he discusses. But his views are still troubling on the most important decisions a president has to make, those concerning war and peace. During the most recent Republican candidates’ forum in New Hampshire, Romney made the […]

PHS softball duo ready for North/South

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer In the past eight years, the Lady Ram softball team has placed only one player on the New Mexico South All-Star team. This weekend in Clovis, two Portales girls will be representing the South. Portales High School graduates Sasha Parker and Amanda Terry were selected following a successful run […]

Duncan receives Pioneer of the Year nomination

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Since Thanksgiving Day 1936, T.Z. Duncan has called Roosevelt County home. Duncan and his wife moved to the area after marrying in 1935 and began a lifelong career on the farm. For 34 years, the couple was involved in the dairy business. They started out milking by hand and […]

Bedford jury remains out

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will enter its third day of deliberation today in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales. Bedford, 43, faces eight charges, including two counts of murder and kidnapping in connection to the March 3, 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The couple […]

Armed robber strikes store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police were seeking an arrest warrant Wednesday night for a man they believed robbed Video World, 505 W. 18th St., Tuesday night, and possibly another video store last week. Police served search warrants at a home on West 17th Lane on Wednesday and recovered items they believe were used in Tuesday’s […]

Former Melrose police chief acquitted of animal cruelty charge

Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. Michael Trammell, 37, resigned as police chief in October after he was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty. “He’s pleased to put the matter behind him,” Trammell’s attorney, Tye Harmon said. Harmon said his […]