Just another day at work

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales Fire Department firefighter Reylon Wimbish, far right, checks on the meat firefighters prepared Monday afternoon. Wimbish said firefighters who had to work the Labor Day shift took time to prepare a holiday dinner for their families.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For many Portales residents, Labor Day is a day off to spend with friends and family. For others, the holiday is just another day to earn money or provide a vital service to the community. Portales firefighter and EMT Reylon Wimbish, 25, spent his Labor Day at the Portales […]

The ultimate wingman

By Richard Shea 27th Special Operations Wing Air Force Special Operations Command lost a valuable member of its team as well as the ultimate “wingman” this past Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, when Medal of Honor recipient and retired Col. Bernard Fisher died in his home state of Idaho at 87 years old. Fisher, who volunteered […]

AFSOC command chief speaks with Cannon’s NCOs, SNCOs

Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi: U.S. Air Force photo
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, Air Force Special Operations Command command chief, shares his experiences and advice with non-commissioned officers and senior NCOs at an all call Aug. 14 at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs NCOs and Senior NCOs at the 27th Special Operations Wing had the opportunity to pick the brain of Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, Air Force Special Operations Command command chief, and receive frank guidance here during an all-call on Aug. 14. Caruso touched on […]

C-130 celebrates 60 years of air superiority

Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew: U.S. Air Force photo
Eight AC-130H Spectre gunships taxi into position on the flightline prior to the final AC-130H mission conducted at Cannon Air Force Base on Jan. 16. The C-130 began its operational service with the Air Force in 1956 and AC-130 development began in the early 1960s.

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The C-130 community at Cannon Air Force Base celebrated a significant milestone Aug. 23 when the historic aircraft marked 60 years of aerial superiority and dedicated service. Originally designed to carry out troop, medical evacuation and cargo transportation missions, the C-130 of today has […]

Nice to be home

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Shawn Carter, right, is Portales High School’s new media arts teacher. She helps senior Kasha Saltz with one of her assignments on Thursday.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Shawn Carter is no stranger to the halls of Portales High School. She was the third generation of her family to graduate from the school, where her son also graduated. Carter came back to her old school to teach media arts and is excited for the year to get […]

Electricity makes life piece of cake

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Not in my back yard! Oops, never mind. It is in my back yard. I’m talking about the new electrical substation going up right behind the neighborhoods on the east side of town. No way around it. It’s going to be ugly, and it’s going to be in my view. […]

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce to visit ENMU

Staff report U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, representing New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, is scheduled to speak during Constitution Day at Eastern New Mexico University on Sept. 12. The event will be held in the Sandia Room of the Campus Union Building at 2 p.m. Pearce, a Republican, is scheduled to answer questions after speaking. In […]

Dora school news — Sept. 2

Progress reports Teachers will be issuing three-week progress reports to students today to take home to parents. The reports show academic progress for the first three weeks of the grading period. Sports • Thursday — Junior high, junior varsity and varsity volleyball at Grady, 4 p.m. • Friday — Junior high and varsity football at Mescalero, 4 […]

To do list — Sept. 2

Today Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, School Board Meeting Room. Information: 575-356-5307 Books ‘n’ babies — 10:30 a.m., storytime for children ages 0-3, Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: “Hoppin’ Frogs.” Information: 575-356-3940 Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., […]

Meetings watch — Sept. 2

Portales City Council The Portales City Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building. Agenda items include: • A presentation to Hugh Frank of the Portales Fire Department for the city’s employee of the quarter award. • Proclamations for Constitution Week and Good Neighbor Day. • A presentation from the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. […]

Music fest kicks off September

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Night Ranger was the headline act at last year’s Clovis Music Festival.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com If it’s entertainment you seek, September may be the month for you in eastern New Mexico. Fall’s first month will be highlighted by the Clovis Music Festival, which celebrates its 27th anniversary with a three-day run beginning Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Marshall Law and Will Banister and The […]

Rising concern

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com A proposed increase in water rates has Portales property owner Eddy Hiner worried about his future in the rental business. Hiner, who said he owns 95 rental units in the city, is concerned his tenants may be priced out of their homes if water bills on average are raised […]

Police blotter — Aug. 31

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 12:03 a.m.: Suicide threat, 1700 block of Moreland Road. • 12:40 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1100 block of West 15th Street. • 1:22 a.m.: Officer requested, 1000 block of West First Street. • 7:14 a.m.: […]

To do list

Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, School Board Meeting Room. Information: 575-356-5307. Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662. Saturday Supa-Soul Saturdays Open Mic Night — 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Vines upstairs. Cost $8 per person or $6 for military or with a student […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 31

Roosevelt County Commission Roosevelt County commissioners are scheduled to award a contract for chip seal aggregate and approve a resolution supporting Legislative priorities of the New Mexico Association of Counties on Tuesday. Their meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene. Commissioners are expected to hear […]

Labor day closures — Aug. 31

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed today for the Labor Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • First Financial Credit Union • Western Bank of Portales • City of Portales offices • Portales Public Library: […]

Times, people change

By David Stevens Editor Times change. Who alive in 1948 could have imagined that we’d have mini computers in our pockets today? Or that we’d pay 100 bucks to enter taxpayer-funded professional sports stadiums with fake grass? Or that Colorado and Washington state would legalize recreational marijuana? Eight decades ago, phonograph records and Scrabble were […]

Clovis Music Festival’s gone country

Staff report The Clovis Music Festival is going country this year, with appearances by Phil Vasser, the Kentucky HeadHunters and the Highway Men Live tribute band. The 27th annual festival also includes tours of the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum and Norman Petty Studios and the 17th annual Desert Cruzers Run to […]

Community calendar — Aug. 31

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 575-356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited.     Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — […]

The eyes have it in recent dog study

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s one of those little ironies that has become a punch line of sorts — fat ones, skinny ones, short-snouted ones … somehow, dogs and their owners share a resemblance to one another. The fact that dogs often share striking similarities to the people who love them is such an […]