Despite weather, air show finishes on high note

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Selene Azdar, 4, records the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds show with the help of her brother, Felipe Azdar, 13, during the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Managing editor kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The weather might have had the final say on the schedule, but organizers for the 2016 Cannon Air Force Base Air Show couldn’t have been happier with everything else. Capt. Jonathan Welch served as ground boss, one of three commanders for the show along […]

Speaker: Memorial Day for more than remembrance

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Col. Ahave Brown of Cannon Air Force Base gestures towards the American flag Monday morning as he talks to Portales residents about never forgetting the sacrifice of those who died for their freedoms.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Cannon Air Force Base Col. Ahave Brown’s message at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony reminded Portales residents that Memorial Day is not just for remembering but also for giving thanks and offering prayer. “It is more than just a day of remembrance. It is a time to say thank you; […]

VFW members hang wreath at war memorial

Staff photos: Eamon Scarbrough
Local members of Future Farmers of America and 4-H, as well as veteran and pastor Bryan Tabor of Arch (far right), place their hands over their hearts during “Taps” at the Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Memorial Day service Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Residents from the area gathered on the square in Portales Monday morning to join the Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars in honoring the sacrifices of the nation’s military. Members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America were invited by the VFW to hang a wreath on the war memorial […]

Police blotter — May 31

Jail log Released Friday As of 7 a.m. Monday • Desiree Angel Monique Castillo, 24, bond • Marshall Alan Gillen, 30, bond • Matthew S. Myers, 29, time served • Armando Deion Pena, 18, time served Booked Friday-Sunday As of 7 a.m. Monday • Jimmylee C. Baca, 29, return for court • Abran Baeza, 25, […]

To do list — May 31

Wednesday • Registration day — 10 a.m. at Portales Public Library for summer reading programs. Information: 575-356-3940 • Eastern Plains Council of Governments Annual Meeting — 10 a.m. Youth Recreation Building, 1504 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-7714 Thursday • Oliviero concert — 7 p.m. at Greek Park at ENMU. Admission: Donation. Information: 575-562-1011 • […]

Pages past — May 31

On this date … 1971: Civil Air Patrol planes searched the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in Virginia for a missing private plane carrying actor Audie Murphy that had disappeared three days earlier. Murphy, World War II’s most decorated American soldier, and four others disappeared on a business flight from Atlanta. All were found dead later […]

Cannon air show a success

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson

The U.S. Thunderbirds do the reflection pass during Saturday’s Cannon Air Force Base air show.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure more than a decade ago, one of the key arguments that saved it was Eastern New Mexico’s open skies and ideal flying conditions. Saturday was no exception, as the home of the 27th Special Operations Wing […]

MainStreet to hold events with Heritage Days

5-29 Heritage Days file photo

STAFF REPORT The 32nd Annual Roosevelt County Heritage Days festival is set to hit Portales June 17 and 18, and aside from the many activities that the main event will bring, there is an entirely different set of events planned by the Portales Main Street Program. Main Street will hold three separate events on June […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]

Pages Past — May 29

May 29 On this date … 1966: An 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University freshman from California had pleaded guilty to passing $86 worth of forged checks to Portales businesses. Judge Dee Blythe deferred sentencing for one year after the teen made restitution. 1946: Clovis Probate Judge W. E. McConnell said he experienced a first in […]

Regional: Pioneer Days coming to area

Staff report Wilma Fulgham is a big fan of all things Clovis, including Pioneer Days, which will be held this week. The Miss Rodeo America Hall of Famer said a myriad of activities will be on tap to appeal to a wide range of tastes. “I always look forward to Pioneer Days,” she said. “There’s […]

Memories: Magic and flying

They met in 1968, singing in a church choir in Big Spring, Texas. Portales native Gail Cantrell was teaching school there. Air Force Capt. Alan Trent was stationed at the city’s Webb Air Force Base. They dated, they planned to marry, and he went to Vietnam in December 1969. He never came home. Military officials […]

Wilson: Exposure doesn’t pay bills

Some time ago, I and a fellow photographer were at an event where a gentleman presented a business card and said he had a solid Internet presence, and it would be great exposure for me if I sent photos of the event to him. I made some banter but held my tongue and promised nothing. […]

Boswell: Stress a real killer

Stress — it’s a killer. No, seriously. In reference to job stress, I have heard people joke about “having to talk you off the ledge.” I recently joked with a friend by saying, “But what if life shoved you off the ledge and now you’re hanging by your hands, but you don’t know how much […]

Breakfast and lunch programs to kick off Tuesday

STAFF REPORT La Casa Family Health Center is sponsoring a summer food service program starting Tuesday and running through July 29. The program, administered by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Family Nutrition Bureau and the USDA, helps fill the gap during the summer months for children 18 and under who normally receive […]

To do list

Today • Cannon AFB Air Show — 9 a.m., gates open. Cannon flightline. Admission: Free. Premium seating for show: $20. Information: 575-356-8541 Monday • Portales American Legion Memorial Day ceremony — 10:30 a.m., Portales Cemetery. Will feature guest speaker Col. Ahave Brown of CAFB. • Portales VFW Memorial Ceremony — Noon, Roosevelt County Courthouse. Bryan […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Thursday • 4:01 p.m.: Larceny, walk in • 6:27 p.m.: Fire/regular response, 11th and Abilene streets • 7:36 p.m.: Harassment, no location given • 8:48 p.m.: Fire/high value response, 100 block of South Indio Avenue • 9:34 p.m.: Fire/high […]

Letters to the editor — May 29

Editor’s note: Deadline to receive letters to the editor related to the June 7 primary is Tuesday. Letters may be emailed to dstevens@cnjonline.com County commissioners betrayed voters As the primary election draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to bring to the forefront a very important reminder for the voters of Curry County: […]

Editorial: Arming Libya example of bad military plan

The recent decision by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and more than 20 other nations to allow arms sales to Libya’s fledgling government to fend off the Islamic State and rival militant groups is not only a risky move in terms of world security, it’s another example of the perils of […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]