June 28 Honors

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, presents Daniel Cota, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, with the 2008 Air Force Special Operations Command Civilian of the Year Category 1 Award. The following airmen received supplemental selection for promotion to master sergeant. 27th Special Operations […]

June 28 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: Baked chicken and baked or fried fish Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Meatloaf and spaghetti Wednesday: Roast beef and roast turkey Thursday: Teriyaki beef and shrimp fried rice The Drop Zone 11 a.m.: Friday: Shrimp Po’Boy sandwich Monday: Club wrap Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs Wednesday: Fajita philly Thursday: Green chili bacon […]

June 28 Movie Schedule

Friday 7 p.m. — Star Trek, PG-13 Saturday 4 p.m. — X-Men Origins: Wolverine, PG-13 7 p.m. — Star Trek, PG-13 Sunday 4 p.m. — Star Trek, PG-13 7 p.m. — X-Men Origins: Wolverine, PG-13 Information: 784-2582

June 26 Cannon Community

Med Group closures — The 27th Special Operations Medical Group, to include the pharmacy and all ancillary services, will close on the following dates and times: • Thursday at noon for Air Force Special Operations Command Safety Day • July 3, all day, for July 4 observance • July 6 at noon for Wing Readiness […]

Portales man garners award for truck

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Johnny Middleton got into restoring cars and trucks because when he was younger, he had to build his own. Recently, he got an article published in a MOPAR Action magazine about his truck, Li’l Red Express, which he restored and won car shows with. Middleton said he got started […]

Local reaction to Jackson and Fawcett deaths

Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other.The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all.We asked some local folks to share their thoughts: Farrah Fawcett:1. Brandy Rains, stay-home mother in Portales, said: “She had a long hard fight. […]

Custom Classic starts today

The 26th Annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slowpitch softball tournament starts today. This year’s classic has 126 teams converging on Clovis for the weekend-long event at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex and Bob Spencer Field. USSSA Area Director Roger Jackson said the tournament is a great economic boost for Clovis because of the different people […]

Water commission considers conservation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners […]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals […]

A Plea For America

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Those who have lived under freedom in “America, the Beautiful,” have been blessed. My great-grandparents, my grandparents, my parents and my generation have been blessed indeed to live in a country that has been “the land of the free.” It saddens me to see what has been happening in my […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: April 1 hoax

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer I can only remember falling for two April Fool’s jokes that were in print. One was Sports Illustrated’s hoax that an eccentric pitcher named Sidd Finch had learned how to throw a baseball 168 miles an hour and had been signed to the Mets. That was sort of understandable. […]

Staff memories of Michael Jackson: Greatest entertainer of my lifetime

By Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico photographer My sister Jeannette and I would get on the bus to ride across town to see Michael Jackson and his brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Every time they came to the city, we went to see them. Later when they became the Jacksons, they would […]

Nothing wrong with taking credit

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist America or Germany or any other country is often praised for superior achievements while individual Americans or Germans need to show humility lest they be deemed braggarts. Even in sports such as tennis, where there’s a dominance of individual performance, taking credit for doing well is rare. Either […]

Public losing confidence in president

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Tuesday may have marked the beginning of the end of the administration’s honeymoon with the Washington establishment as personified by the Washington press corps. Although the president was still firmly in command of his audience, the questions were sharper and more pointed, a little less reverential than […]

Press release: House approves more than $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved over $67 million for construction for Cannon Air Force Base. The funding was part of the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes $15,000,000 in

Pop star Michael Jackson dies

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By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50. Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center early Thursday afternoon when paramedics were dispatched to his rented Bel-Air home and found him not breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest. […]

Prince Street bridge raisies concerns

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation schedules a regular inspection for the Prince Street bridge over the railroad tracks once every two years. In fact, the last one took place only last month with the overpass getting a status of “not deficient.” Some Clovis citizens aren’t so sure, however. […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

16th SOS Cannon transfer official

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Cannon Connections: Kevin Wilson Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, speaks Friday during the ceremony transferring the 16th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Air Field in Florida to Cannon Air Force Base. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections The “game changers” officially belong to Cannon Air Force Base. Flanked by […]

Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]