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 […]

Airman working to find voice

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon airmen may sometimes wonder who they can talk to or voice their opinions about things they would like on base or would like to see done differently. For those situations airmen should seek the help of the Cannon Junior Enlisted […]

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 […]

Airman retires after 29 years

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs By Airman Elliott Sprehe 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Many airmen who join today’s Air Force probably don’t concern themselves very much about the experiences of those who might have joined before they were born. But when you see Chief Master […]

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 […]

Five presidents later, chief calls it a career

Airman Elliott Sprehe Education most important benefit of career Thirty years ago Jimmy Carter sat in the White House, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series and Chief Master Sgt. John Woods, 27th Maintenance Group, became an Airman in the United States Air Force. On May 11 Chief Woods will finish his career […]

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. […]

Cannon firefighters help in Texico blaze

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Cannon Fire Department responded to a request to render mutual aid for a 5,500 gallon fuel spill near Texico on Sept. 20. Two Cannon firefighters responded by pulling the base’s 1,000 gallon foam trailer to the spill and teamed with Texico and Clovis Fire Departments to lay a foam […]

Team Cannon welcomes Lt. Gen. Seip

Col. Scott West Team Cannon: Next week we will have the privilege of hosting Lieutenant General Norman Seip, 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern commander, and 12th AF Command Chief Master Sergeant Wade Johnson at Cannon. During their visit Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have the opportunity to show our 12th AF leaders what […]

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 […]

The battle for your buck

Janet Taylor-Birkey (Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about Airmen and their money.) Vulnerabilities often result from financial storms While the phrase, “It’s only money” is commonly used, Airmen and other military members may face a special vulnerability when it comes to dealing with their finances. Benefits such as medical and […]

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 […]

27th SFS Airmen cop top honors

1st Lt. Megan Hall and Tech. Sgt. Paul Killgallon, 27th Security Forces Squadron, were Air Force Level Award winners. Both will travel to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in April to receive their awards. Janet Taylor-Birkey Many compete, but few are chosen. And even fewer can be called the best. But, 1st Lt. Megan Hall […]

Wall of Heroes honors first CMSAF

Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Airey was inducted into the Wall of Heroes on Jan. 27. Though unable to attend, a close friend, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #8 Sam Parish, represented Chief Airey at the ceremony. Airman Thomas Trower At 18 years of age, before the Air Force […]