Dec. 30, 2007 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: The Elite Forces Manual of Mental & Physical Endurance By Alexander Stillwell This book uses techniques developed by special forces units to train their recruits. The author has used these techniques to create a manual aimed to help you attain the peak of mental and […]

Dec. 30, 2007 Calendar

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. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. […]

Homicide rocks Portales in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the second in a four-part series reviewing the top news stories of 2007. This installment deals with April, May and June. A major capital murder trial with some of the most noted attorneys in the state started in late May in Albuquerque and was […]

Pays to enter new year with hope, expectation

By Joan Clayton The cedar tree in our front yard has gone through many wind storms through the years. One year the wind bent it over to the ground. We straightened and tied it to a strong anchor, and it just kept growing in spite of the storms of life. Its limbs have grown in […]

Credit delays Freedom’s plans to buy out partners

By Jan Norman Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine, California-based owner of the Portales News-Tribune, will put off plans to buy out its private equity partners until spring or summer because borrowing costs are too high now, Chief Executive Scott Flanders said Thursday. “The credit markets will drive the timing,” Flanders said. “The company is committed […]

Prairie chicken sponsors call for poster contest entries

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, to be held April 11-13 in Milnesand invite artists of all ages to participate in a poster contest. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced as the festival poster, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish news release. The grand […]

Couple named ‘Good Samericans’

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition […]

Many airmen move during holidays

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Instead of tinsel and lights, their homes are filled with brown cardboard boxes. And rather than neatly folded, brightly colored wrapping paper, the rustle of packing paper being swathed around fragile items echoes through empty rooms. Military families are no strangers to moving, but many at Cannon Air Force Base […]

Mommy police create guilt over inability to breast feed

Anita Doberman I remember, after having my first child and dropping out of the work force, really the adult world, feeling isolated. Of course, the fact that my military husband was often gone didn’t help, but many mothers I have spoken to over the years have shared the same sense of isolation, no matter what […]

Perfect Christmas involves family, lasting memories

Tonya Fennell Christmas perfection has always eluded me. I’m the wife who burns the rolls or forgets to buy a needed ingredient for the casserole. I’m the friend who waits until the last minute to mail presents, so of course they’re always late. I’m the mother who buys the perfect video game, but my kids […]

Tornado blasts area in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the first of four stories reviewing the top news of 2007. This installment deals with January, February and March. The first three months of 2007 were dominated by newsmaking weather and homicide headlines that gripped Roosevelt County. Perhaps the story of the year for […]

Cannon’s 2007: Once-targeted base now has special mission

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing now calls Cannon Air Force Base home a little more than two years after nearly being shuttered. Known as the Air Commandos, the special ops wing assumed ownership of the base in October. Col. Timothy Leahy, a 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native, who previously […]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the […]

Dec. 27, 2007 Local Briefs

‘Guns and Hoses’ blood drive set United Blood Services will hold a “Guns and Hoses” blood drive sponsored jointly by the Portales Police Department and the Portales Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Portales Fire Department, 301 S. Ave. C in the donor bus. Donors must be in good health, […]

Soldier home for holidays

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for Christmas was a phone call from her son, Ryan, who was serving a tour in Iraq for eight months. But what stood on her door was better than any gift she could ever receive: A bouquet of roses and Ryan, holding them. Her son, a […]

One man arrested in Elida burglary

PNT Staff Report A Roswell man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a commercial burglary at the wind farm near Elida reported on Friday, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. Michael Robertson, 50, of Roswell was arrested by Chaves County Sheriff’s Department officers after a Portales Police Department officer reported […]

Oasis to become more stargazer-friendly

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Visitors to Roosevelt County’s Oasis State Park this spring and summer will be able to see the night sky more clearly than they ever have, thanks to new lights installed this winter. The park is retrofitting all of its current lights to more night-sky friendly lighting to benefit the […]

Portales’ first Christmas

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By Ruth White Burns Editor’s note: The following is an account of the first Christmas celebrated by the community in Portales. It was first published in 1993 in the PNT and has been rewritten by the author this year. The early settlers of the Portales Valley came together in 1899 to celebrate the first Christmas […]

12-25-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” relies on her husband’s income to pay the bills and feed the family. They are unable to afford presents for their five children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have presents to open on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes extra […]

Notes on appreciation, understanding

Anita Doberman It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I find the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most non-military people I come across […]