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

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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

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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 ccalloway@pntonline.com 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

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com 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

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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 lbowe@pntonline.com 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

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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 schoolofseams@qwestoffice.net. Night […]

Fun, games at health fair

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By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com 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 […]

Party barn lived eventful life

By David Stevens Editor At 85, it’s sagging and full of holes, abandoned about a mile west of Cannon Air Force Base. The grounds around it are covered in weeds and spent shotgun shells. Pigeons are the only frequent visitors. But the old barn on the old Beasley farm still attracts attention. Thrill-seeking teenagers have […]

It’s a wonder you weren’t killed

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense When you hear cowboys tellin’ stories, it’s common for a listener to say, “It’s a wonder you weren’t killed!” “Well, all I did was rope that sorry, no good, fightin’ bull with the crooked horn and tie him to a post in the corral, then throw another […]

Understanding deployment event offered to teachers

Staff report Cannon Air Force Base is offering local school teachers tips Monday and Tuesday aimed at providing insight on how to work with children whose parents are deployed. The 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled to host Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations (TUDO), an event designed to give educators increased comprehension of the effects deployments […]

Events calendar — Aug. 10

Monday 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. Portales Municipal School Board of Education Meeting — 5 p.m., Portales High School Ram Athletic Center. Information: 356-7000. Lap Swim — 6 […]

Police blotter — Aug. 10

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:45 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of North Abilene Place. • 1:35 a.m.: Deputy requested, 1500 block of Simnacher. • 5:59 a.m.: Animal complaint, 900 block of South Boulder Avenue. • 6:30 a.m.: Remove subject, 100 block of Airport Road. • 7:04 a.m.: Welfare […]

Changes ahead for Clovis Albertsons

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Hailed as “great business sense” by at least one company official, a change to the Clovis Albertsons is meant to lead to better operations. The change may imply new cash registers, touch screen check-outs and shelf tags; but Albertsons personnel will remain relatively intact. According to a press release […]

Nomadic military lifestyle beginning to take its toll

I recently talked with a captain I hadn’t seen for awhile. The last time I saw him, his skin was pasty white and his hair was too long; he now looked tan and had a fresh haircut. “You look … happy,” I said. He laughed. “Well, I just got off leave.” Military members get 30 […]