Christmas on the house

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By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Families breaking bread during the holidays has been a tradition for centuries. They sit around a table enjoying each other’s company and are grateful for their blessings. Another tradition took place in Portales on Christmas Day at El Ranchos Restaurant as the Garcia Family served lunch to the community. […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know what caused him to collapse on March 27 while watching a Lady Wildcats softball game in Canyon, Texas. His heart stopped for a time and he was revived at the site with CPR. Isler, who earlier that day […]

Playoff chances look slim in Baskett’s best season

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By Jon Marks: FNM Correspondent Helplessly, Hank Baskett watched the Philadelphia Eagles season likely unravel this past Sunday. Unable to do a thing to prevent it, he witnessed the potential thrill of victory and a

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered normal precipitation this winter. In the fall, […]

It’s Their Job: Wanda Graham

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Name: Wanda Graham Job: Owner/broker of Kiva Realty Background: Born and raised in Santa Fe, Graham came to Portales to attend college at Eastern New Mexico University, where she was hired after graduating. She has lived in the Portales area since. Time on job: Three years What does your job entail? We get to help […]

Feds double up on bad financial hand

Freedom New Mexico This month’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board that it has cut its benchmark overnight federal funds rate, the rate at which banks lend to one another, to a “target range” of between one-quarter percent and zero is both an acknowledgment of reality and a sign of panic. Since banks, even in […]

Police standoff ends without incident in Clovis

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Two arrested on gift card theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children. The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering […]

2008 starts small, ends big

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The first 11 months saw a rather pedestrian year on the sports fields and courts of Roosevelt County — but a historic December to remember made 2008 a very special year. The year began with a surprising run to the New Mexico Class 3A state baseball championship game at […]

Christmas just another work day for some

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer While most people are opening presents and eating a big meal with loved ones Christmas Day, many others are hard at work. Still, a lot of those dedicated employees say they don’t mind. Gayle Richerson, director of patient care at Roosevelt General Hospital, said she has worked on Christmas […]

Christmas party brings cheer to Heartland residents

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As holiday music plays, people, many in wheelchairs, snack on cream puffs and pinwheels, and then tear into gifts from the people who serve them every day. It’s Christmastime at Heartland Continuing Care Center. About 75 people live at Heartland and Tuesday they celebrated the holiday with a party. […]

Empty Stocking Fund Dec. 25

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. D’s” son is very ill. “Ms. D” is unable to work since she has to take care of her son. She won’t be able to buy her son anything for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have a few presents under the Christmas tree […]

Teenager arrested for auto burglary

PNT Staff Report Clovis police have arrested a teenage boy for an auto burglary Saturday in Portales, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said his officers located the 14-year-old Portales resident in Clovis Wednesday, acting on information from Portales Officer Kane Wyatt. The juvenile is being detained in Clovis. “We think he may have […]

NORAD tracking Santa’s sleigh ride

By Ivan Moreno: The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Who says Santa Claus doesn’t exist? The military personnel charged with being the eyes in the sky are certainly acting like he does — and they’ve been joined on the Internet by millions of believers. Even doubters have reason to pause when they hear […]

Falcons quarterback honored by Sporting News

USAF photo: Mike Kaplan Air Force Falcon quarterback Tim Jefferson looks for a receiver during a 38-24 loss to the Brigham Young University Cougars at Falcon Stadium in Colorado on Nov. 15. Jefferson was named the Mountain West Conference’s freshman of the year by Sporting U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force Academy freshman […]

These angels wear blue instead

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Lt Col. James Reineke, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron commander, helps Trevor Daniell, a child at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, unwrap Christmas gifts during this year’s Angels in Blue gift-giving party. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs For the past seven years, […]

Predators on patrol in Afghanistan

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse Maj. Rick Wageman operates the virtual cockpit of an MQ-1 Predator on Oct. 25 at a base in southern Afghanistan. By Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — As the demand for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance assets in Afghanistan increases, a small […]

Airmen graduate leadership course

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Cannon’s newest leaders graduated from Airman Leadership School on Dec. 18 during a ceremony at the Landing. ALS prepares Airmen for their role as a noncommissioned The following senior airmen recently graduated from Airman Leadership School on Dec. 18. 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Joseph Baudo […]

Diamond Sharp winners announced

USAF photo: Elizabeth Merchant Airman 1st Class Lucas Shepherd, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, left, Senior Airman Ashley Newton, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, center, and Airman 1st Class Albert Simonik, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, display their Diamond Sharp awards at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility on Dec. 19. Diamond Sharp awards […]

Dec. 24 Commander's Action Line

What are some programs that could be implemented locally for the base to be more PT-minded? We appreciate your question. We at the 27th Special Operations Wing are very serious about improving the quality of life here so our airmen can both focus on and carry out the mission effectively. I contacted both the fitness […]