Chief: Fire caused by electrical problem

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Inspectors have determined that electrical problems started the fire that consumed Dollar General Store and a hardware warehouse March 27. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting in City Hall, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges said the insurance company inspector and investigator completed the final inspection for a preliminary report that […]

ENMU police chief retiring

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Ray Chambers is retiring after 26 years, according to a press release issued Thursday. ENMU President Steven Gamble said a new chief is expected to be named by July 1. Chambers’ contract extends through June 30. “We are grateful to Chief Chambers for his many years […]

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Police Chief Pete Heisch announced that Lt. Huey King, chief of the detective division of the Portales Police Department, was promoted to assistant chief as part of a general reorganization of the force brought about by the resignation of two men and the addition of two new officers.

City council to vote on animal ordinance changes

PNT staff Proposed changes in the animal ordinance top the agenda Tuesday for the Portales City Council. The ordinance is was revised by Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill. The council is seeking public comment on the changes. The council will also consider an amendment for a professional services contract grant match with the New Mexico […]

Prayer breakfast hosts AF Chief of Chaplains

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Cecil Richardson, U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, speaks to Cannon personnel and community members at the Landing on Feb. 19. Chaplain Richardson stressed the importance of faith and prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public […]

Workshop demolished by fire

PNT Staff Report A cutting torch set off a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a 15-by-20 foot workshop in Roosevelt County. The fire started about 3:30 p.m. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the men working on the small barn at 1684 South Roosevelt Road 6 were unable to contain the fire. Firefighters […]

Good Conduct Medal reinstated by Air Force

By Maj. Paul Villagran: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Air Force officials announced Feb. 11 the reinstatement of the Air Force Good Conduct Medal for enlisted members, effective immediately and retroactive to Feb. 6, 2006, when the medal was discontinued. Airmen who are eligible should see an update automatically in their records on […]

Disadvantages hinder Clinton appointment

Freedom New Mexico The rumors could not be more rampant that President-elect Barack Obama will appoint his chief rival in the primaries, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state. If the purpose is to introduce a bit of drama into the Cabinet and tighten up the domestic support of Democrats who still would […]

Chief candidates narrowed down

Freedom New Mexico The list of police chief finalists is down to three, City Manager Joe Thomas said on Friday. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted Monday with Interim Police Chief Michael Ingram of Clovis and Steven Sanders of Northglenn, Colo., Thomas said. Jan Cary, of Titusville, Fla., will be interviewed Friday, he said. Thomas said […]

Melrose firefighters upset over comments

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Melrose Fire Department is in upheaval after the village mayor and police chief publicly criticized the department’s handling of criminal allegations against a volunteer firefighter. Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said three volunteer firefighters have quit and more said they are considering quitting. Jacobs said they’re upset about comments […]

Public Affairs merges with multimedia

By Gabriel Monte, Cannon Connections The Cannon Public Affairs department is has gone from just producing written stories and photographs to broadcasting video stories on the Commanders Channel in the last year. The multimedia department combined with the public affairs desk and grew from a staff of four people to 20 people, according to Public […]

Burdine named new jail chief

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer t won’t take long for Roosevelt County’s new jail administrator to settle into his new position — after all, Don Burdine’s familiar face has been involved with Curry and Roosevelt County law enforcement for the last 26 years. Burdine was named the interim jail administrator in April after Jesse […]

County Commission District 2 candidate: Richard Leal

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Name: Richard Leal Age: 50 Occupation: General manager of the Roosevelt County Water Cooperative Running for: County Commissioner, District 2 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Board of Directors for New Mexico Rural Water Association, Arch fire chief, currently assistant fire chief for Dora Why are you running for county commissioner? As a lifelong member […]

Clovis seeks new police chief

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday its next police chief will be chosen through an open application process, according to a press release. Police Chief Dan Blair announced last month his retirement from the position. His last day will be June 30. The city will begin taking applications Monday and the position […]

Melrose police chief resigns

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose’s lone law enforcement officer has submitted his resignation. Police Chief Lee Ferguson, who submitted his resignation April 7, said he has accepted a deputy position with the Parmer County Sheriff’s Department. Ferguson said his final day as chief will be April 25. “I just feel […]

Blair retires as Clovis police chief

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair announced his retirement Wednesday after 18 months in the position, according to a press release from the department. Blair’s last day will be June 30, the release said. He took over as chief Sept. 29, 2006, after Bill Carey retired. Blair, a 23-year officer, […]

Defense officials looking for rental relief for Gates

By Tom Philpott Robert M. Gates is the first secretary of defense to live in military housing, an old but spacious 19th century home in a secure Navy compound in the District of Columbia. Gates also could be the last defense chief to live there, practical as it is, unless Congress amends a law that […]

DeBaca sheriff’s race includes Roosevelt County deputy

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief faces decision

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

Hatcher named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher will replace Daniel Lopez who resigned Feb. […]