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. […]

Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in District […]

Bob Johnson, champion of open government, dies at 84

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Robert H. “Bob” Johnson, a champion for open government and a former Associated Press executive who during a 42-year career wrote AP’s first bulletin on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 84. After retiring from the news cooperative in 1988, Johnson […]

Interim tag removed for fire chief

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer John Bridges has been appointed to the position of fire chief for the Portales Fire Department, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. “I’m just happy about it. John has served the Portales Fire Department well for the past many years,” Lee said. Bridges’ appointment as chief was effective […]

Fire chief candidates to interview Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Interviews for the position of Portales Fire Chief will take place on Friday in Portales. According to Portales City Manager Debi Lee, the position for fire chief became available after the former chief, Raul Muniz left Portales to move to Arizona to further pursue his education. Retired from the […]

Former Melrose police chief acquitted of animal cruelty charge

Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. Michael Trammell, 37, resigned as police chief in October after he was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty. “He’s pleased to put the matter behind him,” Trammell’s attorney, Tye Harmon said. Harmon said his […]

Veteran firefighter retires

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Closing the book on one life chapter and beginning another is in the immediate future for retiring Portales firefighter Darwin Chenault. Gathered in Portales City Hall chambers, members of the Chenault family, the Portales Fire Department and city officials expressed appreciation for Chenault’s 20-plus years of service to the […]

Bombing range fire knocked out quickly

Freedom Newspapers A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials. The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base. Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose […]

Former police chief intends to sue village, mayor

Freedom Newspapers The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

City OKs wildland fire agreement

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave their OK on a new joint powers agreement with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department pertaining to reimbursement of wildland firefighting costs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. But it came on a split vote. Portales Fire Department Chief Raul Muniz was present to […]

Embattled police chief resigns

Freedom Newspapers Facing charges of seven counts of cruelty to animals, Melrose’s police chief resigned Friday, according to the village mayor. Mike Trammell, 36, had been on administrative leave since his Oct. 11 arrest on the charges. Trammell’s wife, Marna Pyle-Trammell, declined comment Friday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Trammell was not asked to resign. […]

County returns to full fire ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer After hearing concerns from local area fire department chiefs at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners special meeting, commissioners voted to return back to January’s proclamation of a complete fire ban for the county. The motion was passed 4-1. County Administrator Charlene Hardin said after the stand-by amendment was […]

Fire burns 4,500 acres near Floyd

A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been almost a […]

Portales chooses new fire chief

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The City of Portales will have a new fire chief starting Jan. 9 after city officials selected Raul Muniz from the Raton Fire Department to succeed retired chief Jesse Mowrer, according to a press relase from the City of Portales. Muniz is currently serving the City of Raton as a […]

Air Force Chief idenitifes possible Cannon mission

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one promising […]

Volunteer firemen always on call

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the scene expecting the worst. “We got there and found a woman who had a bloody finger,” he said, laughing, “she had hit it on something and […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

Fire chief plans to retire after more than 20 years

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer After more than 20 years of service for the Portales Fire Department, Jesse Mowrer is hanging up his fire hat and putting away his boots to spend more time with his family. Mowrer has worked for the fire department for almost 21 years in different capacities ranging from firefighter, emergency […]

Causey says goodbye to fire chief

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The community of Causey, and a community of emergency personnel, said goodbye to Hank Merrick — a mayor, a fire chief, and “a partner” to many. Merrick died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 68. Due to the large number of people paying their respects, services were […]

Holiday not without its hoaxes

By Bob Huber An independent survey this week showed that hidden in the dusty catacombs of my files are dozens of juicy Christmas stories I experienced as a young, insolvent reporter. But only one stands out as a reminder of how innocent I was in those days. (Some biased reports claim I was stupid.) That […]