Sept. 12, 1941

Portales prepared for a state-wide blackout, in which Flying Fortress bombers of the U.S. Army were to fly over the city, making New Mexico the first state to participate in a mock invasion during World War II.

Fiesta comes to St. Helen

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A mini army of parishioners were making preparations for the 37th annual St. Helen’s Fiesta in Portales. The fiesta will be held Friday through Sunday and include food, game booths, live Christian music, bingo and a car show, said St. Helen executive administrator, Elvia Garcia. Members of the St. […]

Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

Editorial: Take a moment to remember on Memorial Day

Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died for us. They […]

Elida graduate receives Army commendations

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer An Elida High School graduate was recently awarded two commendations from the U.S. Army for his actions while serving in Iraq. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner of Albuquerque was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge, according to an Army press release. Turner […]

United Way looking for help to meet goal

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico needs the community’s help to reach this year’s campaign goal of $565,000. The campaign is $73,000 short of its goal and the drive ends Friday, said Christina Martinez, assistant director for the United Way. Of that money, about $61,000 is designated for […]

Wounded troops not getting trauma pay

By Tom Philpott Too many severely injured troops and their families haven’t been getting the bedside help they need in preparing applications to qualify for up to $100,000 in traumatic injury insurance. But that is going to change, says Army Col. John Sackett. Sackett heads the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) branch within the […]

12-25-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” relies on her husband’s income to pay the bills and feed the family. They are unable to afford presents for their five children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have presents to open on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes extra […]

12-23-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is not earning enough money to buy Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 2T. Boys pants size 2T. Boys shoe size 7. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls pants size 4T. […]

12-21-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. M Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” needs help this year because she is a single mother and currently unemployed. Her holiday hopes: For her son to have a happy first Christmas. Clothing needs: Infants shirt size 6-9 months. Infants pants size 6-9 months. Infants shoe size 2. Toys […]