First shirts wear many hats

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — “We put out fires,” said Master Sgt. George Childers, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron first sergeant.  Childers was speaking of the day-to-day routine, or lack thereof, of a first sergeant, who is also often referred to as the “shirt,” “first shirt,” or “diamond.”  “There’s […]

Airman Leadership School announces graduates

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. —Congratulations to the 22 Airman Leadership School Class 2008-C students who graduated Feb. 7. John L. Levitow Award Winner Senior Airman Travis Harper, 712th Maintenance Squadron (Provisional) Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman John Castle, 27th Special Operation Support Squadron Academic Achievement Award Winner Senior Airman Clayton Winger, 27th […]

Airmen, kids make valentines for deployed personnel

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mesa Elementary School third graders brought colored pencils, crayons, markers and glue to the gym. Construction paper was provided by the school and airmen from Cannon Air Force Base helped the students create Valentine’s cards. By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Air Force Base’s Company Grade Officers Club […]

Tops In Blue performing Clovis

Courtesy photo The U.S. Air Force’s Tops In Blue is offering a free night of family entertainment in the Marshall Junior High auditorium at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.  Freedom New Mexico staff Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. —The U.S. Air Force’s Tops In Blue is offering a free night of family entertainment in the Marshall Junior […]

America by food

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A hearty stew is often best with a variety of ingredients and so it must be with a cultural stew centered around food. The main ingredient to start that cultural stew in Portales arrives Tuesday as the New Mexico National Guard delivers the Smithsonian Institute’s latest traveling exhibit, “Key […]

Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

Feb. 16, 1959

• B&B Radio and TV Lab ran an ad with the week’s television listings. In the ad they touted a special on 45 rpm records seven for $1 or 15 for $2. • Grady’s Food Market was planning on giving away a new gas dryer valued at $299 in its store to a lucky customer. […]

City holding candidate forum

PNT Staff Report The city of Portales and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidate Forum on Monday to give residents of the city the opportunity to get to know the candidates prior to the election, according to a news release. The forum will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the […]

Holiday spotlights presidential history

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico So just how much do you know about the presidents we honor on Presidents’ Day? Many of today’s youth might not know that at one time the nation used to observe both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February. However, Donald “Doc” Elder, a professor of history at […]

Flag salute reception set for Tuesday

PNT Staff Report New Mexicans are reminded of unity and friendship when reciting the salute to the flag of the state of New Mexico. The salute was created by Portales women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter, No. 1022, United Daughters of the Confederacy and adopted by the legislature in 1963. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, […]

2-17-08 Local Briefs

MS group to meet An area Multiple Sclerosis self-help group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Caduceus Room at Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 N. Martin Luther King, Clovis. Dr. Oswald Graham is the guest speaker and will be addressing nutrition. Information: Panhandle Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 806-468-7500 or […]

2-17-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Feb. 10 • At 10:54 a.m. a caller reported someone hit a traffic light on South Ave. D and it was facing the wrong direction. Officer filed hit-and-run report. • At 6:42 p.m. a caller […]

2-17-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County’s Ninth Judicial Court recently. According to the documents: • Jason Chatterton, 32, was convicted of the charge of automobile burglary, a fourth-degree felony and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation with conditions and ordered to pay all court fines and fees. • Randy McBrewer, […]

2-17-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate court recently. According to the documents: • Arnoldo Ontiveroz, 42, pleaded no contest to the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (second offense) and improper backing and is ordered to serve two years of supervised probation with conditions and is ordered to […]

2-17-08 Public Record

The following people recently applied for a marriage license with the Roosevelt County clerk’s office: • Anthony D. Wallace, 19, of Clovis and Samantha Marie Harper, 19, of Clovis. • Aaron Davis Clark, 21, of Clovis and Crystal Ann Lopez, 26, of Clovis. • Emery G. Lomaintewa, 19, of Portales and Samantha Alexa Rea Ochoa, […]

Prosecution witness rebutts defense alternate death theory

Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A state forensic pathologist said Friday he stood by his opinion in the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon airman that Kimberly Novak died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. Returning to the stand at the request of the jury, Dr. Russell Alexander disagreed with a defense […]

Novak not guilty

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with Maj. Shawn Vandenberg on Friday after Novak was acquitted of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward […]

Former senator to join race

Staff and wire reports A former state senator and magistrate judge is planning to run for a county commission seat. Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a […]

Zias’ streak ends at 10 in tourney

Freedom New Mexico PHOENIX — After seeing a 10-game winning streak ended earlier in the day, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team opened bracket play with a 10-0 shellacking of Missouri Western, then lost to UC San Diego 1-0 Friday night in the Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic. Junior left-hander Natalie Woodside (5-2) […]

Positive attitude has its rewards

By Anita Doberman I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age 7, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. This is of course completely normal, but I thought that trying to […]