Air Force Major loved family, airplanes, service

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Michael Wassil played piano, sang and flew airplanes. Wassil spent 25 years in the Air Force before retiring as a Major. Although Wassil was never stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, his wife Barbara, said the New Mexico base was “close to her husband’s heart.” According to Wassil’s family, he […]

Cannon prepares for transition to new mission

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing will include a special tactics squadron comprised of about 100 people, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott. Scott, the director of the Office of Military Base Planning and Support, updated members of the […]

Wing to assume new name

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force Special Operations Command wing that is moving to Cannon Air Force Base has been designated the 27th Special Operations Wing, maintaining the history of the 27th at the southern New Mexico base. The Air Force Special Operations Command said the wing designation was […]

Duck feeding ends in chaos

Tonya Fennell I’m not one to just sit around. I need to be doing something. This is especially true when my husband is deployed or TDY. I try to occupy myself so I’m not constantly thinking about how many days are left until he comes home. A few weekends ago, after the house was clean, […]

Greyhounds win home opener

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University defense had tried to get its hands on Northeastern State quarterback Joe Hogan all night — without success. Then, with the game on the line early in the fourth quarter, junior defensive end David Reed found himself with a clean shot. He […]

Elida beats Tucumcari

PNT Staff Report The Elida Lady Tigers swept Tucumcari in three games at home Thursday to remain perfect in early-season play at 5-0. Elida made quick work of the visiting Lady Rattlers with scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-15. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the young Lady Tigers, with just one senior in their ranks, […]

Brown second at tae kwon do world championships

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Audra Brown came home from the tae kwon do world championships last month in Birmingham, England, with a silver medal and plenty of smiles. The 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student captured second place in third-degree black-belt female patterns. “I was thrilled to win second,” Brown said. […]

Officials investigating child’s death

PNT Staff Report Law officers are investigating the death of a 9-month-old Roosevelt County girl who died Wednesday. Officials will not say if they suspect the child is a victim of homicide. “The cause of death has yet to be determined and the incident is still under investigation,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Daren Hooker said. Hooker […]

It’s their job: Monica Calamaco

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Monica Calamaco Job: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Time on the Job: 11 months Background: Before moving to Portales from Arizona, Calamaco was a stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for a farm. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I run the RSVP program. I oversee 72 […]

Street work begins

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As part of a Community Development Block Grant, street work began in northeast Portales on Thursday. According to Portales city councilor Jake Lopez, who also sits on the CDBG board, the area is in much need of repair. Patch jobs done by the city were not able to hold […]

Tradition meets parental discretion

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Here’s the dilemma: I envision a nice dinner and dance on commencement night for my daughter and niece who graduate from Portales High School in May. My daughter envisions a night of going to other people’s parties. High school graduation may seem far away, but it’s not, and already, I […]

Government travel budget should be re-examined

Editorial As big and costly as the federal government is, we wouldn’t expect that its travel budget would be a pittance. But last year’s total of more than $14 billion is still a shocker. Perhaps we can take solace in the fact that it’s lower than the 2005 bill by $1.3 billion. But it’s still […]

Standing your ground worth the fight

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist She came out of nowhere, this little game hen, and bravely took up residence in our back yard. She knew that “Bear,” my husband’s big Rottweiler, was there. Despite the dog’s menacing bark and vicious demeanor, the little hen took her chances. Several times we came to the rescue by […]

Musicians sing praises of Holly

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Correspondent A day before what would have been Buddy Holly’s 71st birthday, buddies from his youth remembered the rock ‘n’ roll legend as someone with many of the usual characteristics for a young man. Jack Neal said being two years older than Holly didn’t make him immune from his jokes. […]

Studio’s place in history set in stone

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Dozens gathered Thursday in a small court yard at the Norman Petty Recording Studio to watch the unveiling of a marker to commemorate the studio’s place in music history. Musicians who recorded at the studio and knew Vi and Norman Petty reminisced about the early days of rock ’n’ roll […]

September 11, 1986

• Mountain Bell announced that they would be discontinuing the time and temperature recordings in Portales due to lack of a local sponsor. • In honor of their 30th anniversary, Allsup’s advertised a 32 ounce Tallsup for 39 cents. • Members of the Floyd Quilting Club and their families gathered to can vegetables for the Jack […]

September 9, 1986

• A two car collision on the Lovington Highway sent Eastern New Mexico University student Alonzo Armemdariz to the Clovis High Plains Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. • Elinor Wallace, was the weekly winner of the football contest co-sponsored by the Portales News Tribune and local merchants. • A one bedroom, all […]

September 7, 1986

• Members of the Eastern New Mexico University ROTC were presented awards during a ceremony held in the College of Business auditorium. • The ENMU Greyhounds football team defeated the Western New Mexico Mustangs 49-7 at the Greyhound Stadium at Blackwater Draw. • William R Evrage, son of Mrs. Jean Evrage, was promoted to the rank […]

Calendar week of Sept. 8-14

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Saturday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon to […]

Senate approves Cannon funds

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A funding bill before the U.S. Congress could help Air Force Special Operations Command begin construction at Cannon Air Force Base earlier than planned if it meets with final approval, according to AFSOC officials. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that included more than $10 million in funds to […]