Air Force leaders ousted in historic shake-up

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With a grim look and even grimmer words, Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed an internal investigation’s jaw-dropping conclusion that the Air Force’s standards for performing its nuclear weapons mission — the most sensitive of its jobs — had been in decline for 10 years. Who knew? Apparently not the Air […]

Riders punctuate Pioneer nights

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Pro-Tour FMX is a Freestyle Motocross exhibition and demonstration team that will be perfoming nightly at the Mounted Patrol Arena during Pioneer Days this week. D.J. Umphres, the team leader and founder, is a former California State 4-Stroke Champion. Umphres said his team of daredevil riders have performed exciting and dangerous motorcycle tricks. Having performed […]

Fort Sumner man’s body found in lake

Freedom New Mexico State Park officials recovered the body of a missing Fort Sumner man at Sumner Lake about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Fort Sumner Mayor and family friend Juan Chavez. Josh Kenyon’s body surfaced about 600 yards from shore in roughly the same spot in which he disappeared Saturday evening while jet skiing, […]

Xcel Energy may implement power outages

By Keely McDowell There is a “distinct possibility” eastern New Mexico and West Texas will have controlled power outages this summer if above-average temperatures continue, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. Reeves said if Xcel is unable to meet demands this summer, the company could shut down power to randomly selected 50 megawatt areas for […]

Events Calendar June 5

Today ENMU Choir Camp concert — 2 p.m. Buchanan Hall at the Music Building Saturday Habitat for Humanity Workday Saturday — 8 a.m., Construction trailer and Restore, 308 N. Main, Portales Summer Reading Program kick-off — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Portales Public Library Oasis Interpretive events, “Rattlesnake Do’s and Don’ts” — 7 p.m. Oasis […]

ENMU student continues education in summer school

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer While many 2008 graduates from Eastern New Mexico University spend their summers enjoying the free time, Colita Messer has decided to continue her education and begin graduate work. “It was not a hard choice to start my graduate work,” Messer said. “This is my sixth year of school, and […]

Children’s summer program offers variety of fun activities

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Instead of bored children glued to the television this summer, they can be involved in activities at locations around the area through the Portales Recreation Center’s summer program. Program director Johnny Ledbetter has been at the Center for seven years, and this is the fourth consecutive year the program […]

Pearce, Wilson in close race for GOP U.S. Senate nomination

By HEATHER CLARK ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Rep. Steve Pearce held a slim lead Tuesday over rival Heather Wilson in their race to become the GOP nominee to replace retiring Sen. Pete Domenici. The race was too close to call late Tuesday. With 92 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Pearce led with about 51 percent of […]

Lujan wins Democratic nomination, East gets GOP nod, in 3rd District

By DEBORAH BAKER ALBUQUERQUE — Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Ray Lujan won the Democratic nomination for a northern New Mexico congressional seat, while Rio Rancho contractor Dan East got the Republican nod. They will face each other in the November general election for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Tom Udall. It’s expected to […]

Blair honored for service to veterans, city

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Karl Terry Service to country was instilled in Joe Blair as a teenager aboard a warship in the U.S. Navy. That service didn’t rust after he was discharged — it just got sharper and more focused. Blair, who was born in 1925 in Portales, was recognized by the Portales City Council and a full house […]

City councilors vote to borrow money to make waterline fix

Sarah Meyer The city of Portales will pursue a $2 million loan for water line improvements. City councilors voted Tuesday to accept City Manager Debi Lee’s recommendation for the funding, which will be used to install at least four valves in a 24-inch water line that runs roughly along U.S. 70 on the west side […]

ENMU Briefs June 4, 2008

ENMU employee, student, alumniGene Smith, dean of the College of Business, recently presented a paper titled “Business School Accreditation Bodies: Beneficial or Dysfunctional?” at the 2008 International Conference of the Academic Business World. Donald Elder III, professor of history, won two awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association this weekend in Albuquerque. Along with partner […]

Floyd News June 4, 2008

Jennifer Essary TransitionsBirthdays and AnniversariesWednesday — Tammy and Colin ChandlerThursday — Tammy LeeSaturday — Fred and Laveta Patterson Upcoming events• Women’s Bible Study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday nights at the home of Debi Moore • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 […]

Events Calendar June 4, 2008

TodayUdall aide Christopher Neubauer office hours — 1-2 p.m. Portales City Hall ThursdayENMU Choir Camp concert — 2 p.m. Buchanan Hall at the Music Building SaturdayHabitat for Humanity Workday Saturday — 8 a.m., Construction trailer and Restore, 308 N. Main, PortalesSummer Reading Program kick-off — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Portales Public LibraryOasis Interpretive events, […]

Google enjoying financial freedoms while snubbing vets

Editorial Picture a thankless child, disrespecting his parents amid the trappings of a holiday gift orgy they provided. The spoiled brat could symbolize Google billionaires, who seem unappreciative of the opportunities afforded them by American military might. Each year, last week included, they snub fallen American service men and women by ignoring Memorial Day in […]

Air conditioner duty has its hazards

By Glenda Price Those of us who live in the Southwest — not in the mountains, not in houses with thick adobe walls — have to deal with a summertime that lives up to its name, especially in times of drought, which is nearly all the time. So we have to deal with air conditioners. […]

Agent Orange disability appeal denied

By Tom Philpott A federal appeals court has delivered a stinging defeat to “Blue Water” sailors and Coast Guard veterans of the Vietnam War who have been fighting for disability compensation from illnesses they contend resulted from shipboard exposure to deadly herbicides including Agent Orange. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

Sanders, George get primary wins in Roosevelt County

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Thomas Garcia Republican David Sanders won the District 2 Roosevelt County Commissioner seat and Barbara George defeated Laverne Standifer and Mitchell Morgan in the Republican primary for probate judge in the two locally contested races Tuesday night. George will face Democrat Mark Paternoster in the November general election. Sanders received 59.81 percent (250 votes) defeating […]

Roosevelt County election returns — 100% precincts reporting

Roosevelt County Election Returns 100% — 23 of 23 precincts reporting — unofficial results Click here for statewide results from the New Mexico secretary of state’s website RepublicanPresidentJohn McCain 1,127Ron Paul 148 U.S. SenatorSteve Pearce 684Heather Wilson 602 U.S. RepresentativeDistrict 3Marco E. Gonzales 335Daniel K. East 842 State SenatorDistrict 27Stuart Ingle 821 District 42Gay G. […]

Updated Roosevelt County election returns

Roosevelt County Election Returns These are being updated throughout the night, keep checking back. RepublicanPresidentJohn McCain 555Ron Paul 84 U.S. SenatorSteve Pearce 357Heather Wilson 286 U.S. RepresentativeDistrict 3Marco E. GonzalesDaniel K. East State SenatorDistrict 27Stuart Ingle District 42Gay G. Kernan State RepresentativeDistrict 63Matthew D. Rush District 66Keith Gardner District 67Dennis J. Roch 67 District AttorneyMatthew […]