Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change of Command […]

Holiday crimes down

PNT staff Christmas holiday crimes were down this year in Roosevelt County and Portales. Portales police reported 14 cases between Dec. 23 through Dec. 28, which is less than half of 2008’s numbers for that period. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said the department had one criminal damage report. “It was a chain link […]

District attorney reviewing fatal wreck case

PNT staff reports District Attorney Matt Chandler is still reviewing information turned over by the Portales Police in the case of a 71-year-old Portales woman who died after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 30. Chandler said Monday his staff is still reading through a huge file submitted by Portales police concernign the death […]

Flower crafts featured on show

Information on creating items with pressed flowers, hosting a wine tasting and de-cluttering homes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Pressed flowers can be used to make bookmarks and cards, as well as other projects. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show how to […]

Time to make new year predictions

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist With a new year bearing down on us it’s time for me to observe an annual rite of this column — predictions for the new year. I’ve taken a look into my crystal ball and saw some rather strange potential occurrences gazing back at me. With tongue in cheek, here’s […]

Holiday season an exhausting time

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I’ve known since last January that Christmas would be Dec. 25. So why can’t I prepare ahead of time? Earlier this month it occurred to me I probably should do something about a tree, so I went to the local garden store. They had a gazillion trees, all set up […]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. […]

Dec. 27 Police Blotter

Selected calls to the Portales dispatch from Dec. 19 through Dec. 23: Dec. 19: • 2:56 a.m., A caller in the 500 block of East 15th Street reported someone had stolen her laptop. • 2:48 p.m., A caller east of Floyd reported stolen hay. • 10:13 p.m., A caller in the 2100 block of South […]

Weight loss tough resolution to keep

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With the new year approaching one thing is certain — resolutions will be made, and broken. Among the more popular goals: Quit smoking, manage debt and maybe even get a better job. But the big one seems to be losing weight. “People try to get back in shape and […]

Jan. 31, 1965

According to the Portales News-Tribune, an Atlas missile moved through Portales just before noon Saturday, heading south on Highway 70. There was no explanation of where it came from, or where it was headed. Walker Air Force Base officials said it wasn’t one of theirs, and wasn’t’ headed for the Roswell area.

Jan. 30, 1964

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Portales High School will be performing the drama “Noah” by Andre Obey which will open tonight in the old high school auditorium for a two-night run. Don Lacey, director of the production, says the play is one of the most challenging a high school cast has attempted in recent years.

Jan. 29, 1963

According to the Portales News Tribune, local Forecast: Increasing cloudiness and rather windy, turning much colder tonight and Wednesday. Low tonight 20, high Wednesday 32.

Jan. 28, 1962

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Tower Theater will be showing “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Sunday thru Wednesday.

Jan. 27, 1961

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Rev. Clinton E. Vanzant, pastor of the First Assembly of God at Mansfield, Ohio, and son of Rev. Earl G. Vanzant of Portales Assembly of God, will be ministering to the local Assembly in both services Sunday.

Jan. 26, 1954

According to the Portales Tribune, Jack Carrasco, former Portales resident, visited Portales yesterday to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico.

Jan. 24, 1956

According to the Portales Daily Tribune, Deputy Sheriff O. E. “Cotton” Marquis said this morning that he had made other plans since race for sheriff of Roosevelt County in the coming Democratic primary.

Jan. 23, 1955

According to the Portales Tribune, after dropping a hard fought game to the Clovis Wildcats the Portales Rams came back to outclass the Dexter Demons 58-51.

Jan. 22, 1959

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Portales Municipal airport could be one of the city’s major assets, instead of a white elephant that is a continual drain on the taxpayers, according to Tex Marshall, veteran pilot and aviation enthusiast.