Two U.S. airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

The Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany — A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying U.S. Air Force troops at Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said. Boris Rhein, the top security official in the German state of Hesse where the shooting took place, […]

Portales past: Feb. 10, 1941

Feb. 10, 1941: Portales Daily News: The approval of a section of land south of Portales as the location for a municipal airport was made by a CAA inspector last week. Frank Craddock of the chamber of commerce was making an effort to arouse local interest to the point where negotiation for acquiring the property […]

Airport security should focus on people

As we arrive at the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgi-ving week, the government’s […]

Airport scanners digital Peeping Toms

Freedom New Mexico This is creepy. When the government started using full-body scanners over the past few years to screen passengers at airports and people visiting federal buildings, it promised the electronic images would not be stored. That’s because the scanners basically see through clothing, revealing a nude image. (Magnetic scanners, in use for decades, […]

Airport receive $380,000 federal grant

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting lighting renovations thanks to a federal grant that has flown into town. The $380,000 FAA grant will pay to replace and repair runway lighting and signs, according to Mike Parkey, an employee at the Portales Municipal Airport. Parkey said the lighting equipment […]

Commission to discuss pet ordinance

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the ordinance on loose pets and consider leasing the local National Guard armory. They meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. County Manager Charlene Hardin said operations have been shut down at the armory, which is near Portales Municipal Airport, […]

Jan. 22, 1959

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Portales Municipal airport could be one of the city’s major assets, instead of a white elephant that is a continual drain on the taxpayers, according to Tex Marshall, veteran pilot and aviation enthusiast.

Clovis seeking bids for runway expansion

Freedom New mexico The City of Clovis is seeking bids for extending a runway at the municipal airport. The bid is for an extension of about 1,800 feet to the 4-22 runway. Airport Manager Steve Summers said the renovation would put the runway at 7,200 feet. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said the extension would […]

Airport funding on council agenda

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council faces a light agenda Tuesday with money for airport services comprising of two of the four action items. The council will consider a resolution to submit an application for FAA funding at the airport. A separate item will ask the body to approve a bid for a building […]

Airport to undergo renovations

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will undergo significant improvements over the spring and summer upon receiving federal and state grants worth more than $600,000 Portales city councilors agreed to accept the money at the Portales City Council regular meeting Tuesday night. The state grant, in the amount of $23,684 is […]

City council to discuss airport grant

PNT Staff At their regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Portales city officials will discuss the approval of a New Mexico Department of Transportation aviation division grant for airport facility improvements. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said the annual grant is set aside for basic airport maintenance. Other scheduled business in the meeting includes the […]

Clovis airport hosts glider

PNT Staff Report The Civil Air Patrol Clovis High Plains Composite Squadron is scheduled to have a glider at the Clovis Municipal Airport starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to see the glider fly and obtain information about Civil Air Patrol. Civil Air Patrol cadets are eligible for free glider […]

July 20, 1975

Portales Airport advertised a introductory flying lesson for $5.

Famous toilet stall much like any other

By Kevin Wilson When I booked my two-week, two-state vacation, I should have been looking forward to seeing my family, my friends and a bunch of famous Florida theme parks. But my biggest excitement came from a restroom I’d only get an hour to visit. While flying from Montana to Florida last week, I had […]

Local writer remembered

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from […]

Helicopter crashes near Melrose

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wind gusts caused a helicopter to crash midday Monday in a field about 11 miles north of Melrose, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig. Officials said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Herwig said both of the copter’s passengers were injured but had no additional information. One person […]

Plane crashes during air show in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop maneuver above the crowd at Tucumcari’s annual air show about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the plane was down and the crowd went silent. “It took your breath away. Everyone became really silent and stood up,” said […]

Southern composure is fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago, after an absence of almost five years, I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to […]

Airports, sale barns are not that different

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist We were sitting in the Los Angeles airport waiting for a flight, just watching the local fauna when Will observed the striking similarities between airports and feedlots. We were in a seating area, confined in a controllable number; penned, one might say. Once our area was full, another group was […]

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund reconstruction and paving of the fuel farm access road, paving of the parking lot […]