Honors — June 23

Pelfrey Elliott Pelfrey of Texico received a $1,500 scholarship awarded by the Cannon Air Force Base Commissary. He will began his freshman year at the University of New Mexico this fall.

Reading program explores the world through books

By Kevin Baird Cannon Connections Savannah Stultz took a shred of brown-paper grocery sack and submerged it into a bowl full of gooey paste. When the paper was soaked, the 4-year-old took it out and placed it on a mosaic of paper shreds — creating a pseudo-Egyptian papyrus, on Wednesday. Stultz’s craft project is part […]

Jail boss: Inmates escaped through AC vent in cell

Ruben Lozano

The two Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who escaped Friday night went through an air conditioning vent in the ceiling of a cell, jail administrator David Casanova said this morning. Casanova said jail video footage shows inmates Ruben Lozano, 42, and Stephen Phillips jumping off the roof at 9:02 p.m. Phillips was captured soon after […]

Jail escapee at large (updated, 12:35 a.m.)

Ruben Lozano

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com One of two inmates who escaped through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center Friday night was still at-large at midnight, according to the Portales chief of police. Area law enforcement agencies were searching for Ruben Lozano, 42, of Portales at press time. Chief Doug Jones said […]

Serial watchers

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Show creator Vince Gilligan, center, directs actors Bryan Cranston, left, in green and Aaron Paul, right, while on location in Albuquerque for the fourth season of AMC's “Breaking Bad” in 2011. The show, entering its sixth season this summer, is a draw for area television fans not only for its character and story development, but for its occasional references to New Mexico culture.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@cnjonline.com Julio Ortiz, a 20-year-old cook at a Clovis restaurant, is so addicted to the TV show “Breaking Bad” he’ll stay up all hours of the night to get his fix. Ortiz said he tells himself, “just one more episode and then I can go to sleep,” but he said he has […]

McGee: Anyone lose a llama?

I encountered a llama in an open field the other day. Actually it was the local industrial park. I knew it didn’t belong there. I stopped my bicycle. This made the llama prance a bit. I’m glad that’s all it did. Llamas and their kin are known to spit at people. “Well what are you […]

In search of ponies: Dogs may provide help for recovering addicts

Their ability to calm the anxious, sooth the traumatized and break through barriers is well established — leading dogs to be welcomed into classrooms, hospitals, nursing homes and a slew of therapeutic environments. Something about interacting with them miraculously brings out smiles on the faces of people who have plenty of reasons to do anything […]

Curry County commissioner certified

Curry County commissioner Wendell Bostwick earned the designation of New Mexico Certified County Commissioner on Thursday, according to a county release. Bostwick completed 24 classes with New Mexico Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector, as well as a portfolio demonstrating what he learned in these courses. “I took the NM EDGE classes […]

City seeks loan for wastewater plant project

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
This aerated pond is one of four at the city’s wastewater plant that treats the city’s used water.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The proposed construction of a new wastewater plant in Portales is necessary to meet state standards and address the city’s growing population, says Public Works Director John DeSha. The city will be applying for a $27 million loan with the New Mexico Environment Department for the construction of […]

Firefighting father faces flames for Floyd

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Volunteer Fireman Keith Nixon shows his son Klayton how to operate a fire truck hose last October at Floyd Elementary School.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of features about volunteer firefighters. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Keith Nixon, 26, of Floyd always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. When he was a child, he would be in awe when the Portales Fire Department would come to his school […]

CEO: Clinic expansion creates new space

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Larry Leaming talked about the hospital’s expansion and growth at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon Thursday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital CEO Larry Leaming talked about an updated hospital information system, among other improvements the hospital plans to make as it continues to grow at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Thursday. Leaming spoke enthusiastically about the growth the hospital has had since reopening […]

Praise keeps your priorities straight

Has America taken God’s many blessings for granted? Has complaining, criticizing and negativity taken over our country. Could it be the little foxes have spoiled the grapes? The Israelites in the wilderness certainly did their share of ailments and it took 40 years to take the Promised Land. True praise comes through the heart, not […]

Events Calendar — June 21

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “How to Eat Fried Worms” will be featured. The movie is rated PG and open to all ages. Information: 356-3940. Saturday CPR training — 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Room 2 in […]

My Turn — Show is as cheesy as it gets

Television viewing options are a completely different world when you are spending all of your time with a 6-year-old boy. My boyfriend’s son is in town for the summer, so many of my evenings and weekends now days are spent listening to and/or watching Power Rangers, an Avengers cartoon, a Spider-Man cartoon and a Lego […]

Citizens entitled to enforce public record laws

— Albuquerque Journal The lawmen lost this Lincoln County War but the good government guys won. It’s the taxpayers, however, who are stuck with the tab. That’s the result of a five-year-long public records battle over documents generated in an investigation into Billy the Kid’s death and whether the person buried in a grave in […]

Purpose of laws is protection of life

Based upon my columns, you might believe libertarians oppose all laws. That isn’t true at all. I am only opposed to laws that should never have been imposed in the first place, which therefore should never be enforced. Unfortunately, that just happens to be the vast majority of laws imposed and enforced today. Freedom exists […]

Police Blotter — June 21

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 11:57 a.m.: Female tearing up house across the street, 800 block of West 15th Street. • 12:21 p.m.: Car parked in drive area, 700 block of East Second Street. • 12:47 p.m.: Residential burglar alarm, 1100 block of East Aquarius Drive. • 2:19 p.m.: […]

27th SOMXG, 27th SOMDG showcase capabilities to honorary commanders

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group and 27th Special Operations Medical Group welcomed back Cannon’s honorary commanders for an in-depth look at operations as part of a tour June 7 at Cannon Air Force Base. The 27th Special Operations Wing Honorary Command Program […]

Important new mission for Cherry 1

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Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Mark Chance 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron The Combat Talon I, tail number 0523, arrived at Cannon Air Force Base, one year ago this month; but they share a lot of similarities in their humble mission and important Air Force past. Many do not understand Cannon’s critical mission and special […]

Tryout to sing out: Cannon Idol auditions begin

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dust off the microphone and warm up those vocal cords because auditions are now being accepted for the 2013 Cannon Idol competition at Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon Idol is a three-round singing competition. The selected vocalists will perform a fast song and slow […]