Program helps area educators learn about the lives of military students

Airman 1st Class Chip Slack: U.S. Air Force photo
Educators from the local community were able to sample various MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories,providing educators with a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell PNT correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Oper-ations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Commentary: Tragedy often catalyst for meaningful change

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012. The moon is out, the lights are on, and Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are racing two wide going into turn three. Coming off of turn four, they’re still side by side when Kenseth’s car slides up, Stewart’s car veers […]

Doing something trumps saying something

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The names change, but the results rarely do. I had planned to talk a little about a lesson to be learned over the weekend, but now it’s just something to bring up briefly. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston participated in an online Q&A with Twitter users. The problem with the […]

Hard not to root for Groot

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer So of course I recently saw Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and I loved it. Being a huge Marvel fan from a small age, I’m always excited to see a new film. In all honesty, I had never heard of the comic book on which the movie is based, and […]

County manager: Employees requested chance to donate vacation time to coworker

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Interim Roosevelt County Manager Jena Wilbanks isn’t asking Roosevelt County employees to step up and donate their vacation time to another employee injured on the job. Wilbanks said Tuesday neither she nor any other manager would make such a request, despite a PNT story that may have incorrectly implied […]

Police blotter — Aug. 13

Portales police, sheriff, and fire logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:56 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 4000 block of South Roosevelt Road 21. • 12:57 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 4:44 a.m.: Domestic, 6th Street and Avenue A. • 7 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:16 […]

Robin Williams left lasting impact

By Christina Calloway Senior writer It’s funny that a childhood myth earned some truth as my friends and I remembered a legend. In a 2012 column, I wrote about Halloween and how every year, children across San Francisco would try to find Robin Williams’ home near Ocean Beach because we heard he was very generous. […]

Wildlife expert ready to visit

By Jake Swafford Guest columnist One of my favorite times of the year is almost here. The Roosevelt County Fair is scheduled Monday through Aug. 23. I always enjoy my time in the field working with landowners to create wildlife habitat, but it’s nice to take a break and mix with the people of Roosevelt […]

Events calendar — Aug. 13

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Family Night Swim — 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., […]

‘Round-Up’ establishes student connections


By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Approximately 65 fourth-12th grade students attended Cannon’s first Student Connection Round-Up, a day-long event designed to help military children at Cannon Air Force Base meet new friends before the start of the school year. “Our main goal for the event was to put […]

School board OKs bond tax increase

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
The Portales Ram Athletic Center went through a series of renovations over the summer. School officials took a tour of the facility on Monday with Athletic Director Mark Gallegos presenting the debut of fresh paint to the gym’s walls. Other renovations include new fixtures in the locker rooms, new Ram graphics in the gym and locker rooms, and an updated Wall of Champions.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer An oversight of the Portales Municipal Schools funds pushed the Board of Education to vote in favor of a tax increase Monday on a general obligation bond. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district’s financial advisors, RBC Capital, had a different figure for the district’s debt service than […]

Q&A: California transplant ready to get started


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer A recent California transplant, LeAnn King was working with her horses when she received a call about a job opening for a DWI prevention specialist. The call came from Rikki Seat, Roosevelt County DWI Program coordinator. “She asked if I could come down to the office for an interview […]

Commentary: List helps separate fact from fiction

Col. Tony Bauernfeind

By Col. Tony Bauernfeind 27th Special Operations Wing commander After years of battling the negative perceptions that have plagued Cannon Air Force Base the reality about the base of today is finally making its rounds within the Air Force community. Tongues started wagging across the force when Cannon cracked Air Force Times’ top 10 in […]

Help for injured county employee OK’d

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners have approved a plan that will allow co-workers to donate vacation time to Leroy Manzanares, who is still recovering from a head injury sustained last month during an inmate escape. Manzanares was hit in the head with a pickax in July by murder suspect Senovio Mendoza Jr., who […]

Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

Ricardo DeAratanha: Los Angeles Times
Robin Williams died on Monday. He was 63. Here, the actor is pictured on the set of "The Crazy Ones" at 20th Century Fox Studios in November 2013.

Staff and wire reports Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay […]

Police blotter — Aug. 12

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 1:50 a.m.: Remove subject, 500 block of West 17th Street. • 2:32 a.m.: Traffic hazard, 500 block of West First Street. • 2:56 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 600 block of West 17th Street. • 4:16 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1300 block of West Ivy Street. • […]

Doctor: 14-day guideline unrealistic

By Tom Philpott Military Update Until he resigned in May, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki led his department of more than 350,000 employees for five years by setting “bold goals.” They looked impossible to achieve, but he knew, from his Army years, they inspired better performance and bigger budgets from Congress. But did a goal […]

Seniors, don’t be too quick to judge

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Another school year begins. Today I’ll share some thoughts with the high school students who are blessed to be attending school in our small community. Don’t be too quick to determine who has the good looks. There will come a day when you look back at the senior pictures of […]

Events calendar — Aug. 12

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Food Storage 101 — 7 p.m., Latter Day Saints Cultural Hall. Information: Cora Stroud, 575-359-1483 or Night […]

Fun, games at health fair


By Anna George Staff writer Kimberly Bates and her 3- and 5-year-old sons went to La Casa’s health fair to get their child wellness check-ups and immunizations Saturday, but the children were more entertained by Sparky the fire dog. Sparky is the mascot at the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department, which participates in […]