Portales veteran to be honored

Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just […]

July 31 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: No menu information available Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Cajun cuisine Wednesday: Roast beef and roast turkey Thursday: Oriental cuisine

July 31 -Aug. 2 Movie Schedule

Friday 7 p.m. — The Proposal, PG-13

July 31 What's Happening

Friday Family Bowl-a-Rama — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Cannon Lanes. Bowl two hours with a maximum of six family members on one lane for $12. Price includes shoes and pitcher of soda.

Not even a hospital bed could deter this mom

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I’m writing this column from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago – actually from the attending physician’s personal laptop. Now, if that’s not superb patient care, I don’t know what is. The question you may be asking is why am I in a hospital in Chicago? Let me start from […]

TRICARE covers back-to-school shots

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Are your children up-to-date on their immunizations? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that most children be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), measles, mumps and rubella. All of these diseases can cause serious health problems if your children’s shots aren’t […]

Cannon squadron to be activated

Freedom New Mexico The 33rd Special Operations Squadron will be activated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in a ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron will operate the MQ-9 Reapers Unmanned Aerial System, which is a medium altitude, multi-sensor platform that can locate, identify and destroy enemy positions. Lt. Col. Michael Bruzzini will command […]

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other senators […]

ENMU Board of Reagents approve funding requests

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents has approved research and public service projects, while working to get money restored to the school from last year’s budget cuts. During their meeting Wednesday on campus, the board approved a request to submit a list of projects for the Legislature in January. Two […]

Cyclists ride again for charity

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer For a second time this summer, a group of bicyclists passed through Portales in a coast-to-coast adventure to raise money for charity. But don’t get the idea there are cyclists all over the United States doing this. Tatiana Cooke, 19, of Bike & Build told a different story Wednesday […]

Business Feature: Taco Box owner says retirement not in sight

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin says he got into the restaurant business for one big reason: He flunked out of engineering school. A bright young man despite his failure, he sought out his father’s advice. “When I grew up, I was raised living in hotels,” Martin said. “I went […]

No money to pay survivor benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military update It can be a frustrating time of year for 54,000 military widows who see their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments wiped out or reduced by the monthly amount they receive in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. As it has done routinely in recent years, […]

Tell her about it, don’t text her

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist It was over. But I’m not sure if it ever really began. I got the bad news from my friend Robert. Joaquin sent him a text message Sunday morning, and told him it was time to break up. To say it hit Robert out of nowhere is an understatement. Because […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Fallen Clovis Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just might. One incentive for making the voyage to Georgia is she’ll get a chance to see her son’s […]

Pizza chain among other businesses lured to Portales

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer What do you get when you combine dough, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni? Economic development. Well, pizza, too. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is one of about 20 new businesses the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has helped locate in Portales since Greg Fisher took over as director […]

City officials hopeful grassroots effort can save post office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

New senior center director also leading transit system

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Dawn Kryder has had a wide range of experience trying to aid people through government service. The newest project for Kryder, 48, is her role as the new director for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Kryder succeeds James “Jim” Good at the director’s job, since he retired to “enjoy […]

Cowgirl ready for down time

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When Kaylee Foster starts school as a freshman at Portales High School in a few weeks, she’s not planning on signing up for a bunch of extracurricular activities. Don’t worry about Kaylee, 14, keeping busy, though. Foster’s passion is rodeo, and the hours it’s taken to hone her skills […]

It’s their job: Former director ready for retirement

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James “Jim” Good served as director of the Portales Senior Center for a little more than 10 years and as director of the Portales Area Transit since March 2006. He talked about his job Friday, his last day before retirement. Good spent most of his childhood in California, with the exception of six years in […]