ALS more than a change of duty location

Janet Taylor-Birkey The goal of Airman Leadership School, the first portion of professional military education, is simple: to teach Airmen how to be effective supervisors on their way to the noncommissioned officer ranks. “We want to teach these [Airmen] what it is they are really supposed to be doing and to say, ‘These are all […]

County ag agent enjoys work

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community and a lifetime of agriculture experience and knowledge, Floyd McAlister, has traveled a path that has led to many accomplishments and achievements. McAlister received a degree from Texas Tech in Agriculture and Extension Education, and taught vocational agriculture for three years before […]

ENMU hosting state’s future journalists

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Twenty-two high school students from around the state scrambled around a computer lab Monday afternoon desperate to meet their Tuesday evening deadline for The Future Press, a small newspaper students produce in the New Mexico Press Association’s yearly journalism workshop. In its 26th year, the workshop at Eastern New […]

Weather watchers

Janet Taylor-Birkey A misconception about the job of forecasters at Cannon is that they simply look at the weather outside and tell everyone the obvious, said James Kratzer, Cannon meteorologist. But the Cannon Weather Station does not deal in the obvious; Their job is to examine and interpret weather data, for the safest execution of […]

Crushing loss still haunts Lady Rams softball team

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer Last season, the Portales Lady Rams won district for the first time in their history. However, the memory of that accomplishment is overshadowed by a crushing 14-0 loss in the first round of the state tournament. “It was embarrassing,” Junior Sharessa Nusser said. “You didn’t know quite what to […]

Increasing customer satisfaction or improved customer service

Senior Airman Christopher Willing Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The camaraderie you build sometimes feels like you gained a bunch of brothers and sisters with all the joking and occasional bickering. […]

Espanola Valley tops Rams for fifth place

PNT staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams traveled north to gain some valuable experience against good teams in front of big crowds and they got that experience. They got it at the expense of a nick on their record, though, as Espanola Valley took a 53-42 win over the Rams in the fifth-place […]

Live nativity scenes in local area

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many homes during the Christmas season. The small, motionless figurines depict the night Jesus was born and can be simply made from paper mache’ or elaborately cut from crystal. The decorative scene features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, […]

Kurt Vonnegut proves lifes is about searching

Jim Lee: Local Columnist On Oct. 7, I watched a television interview with author Kurt Vonnegut on PBS. Although TV makes me more disgusted just about every time I hit the “on” button, this interview became a rare and valuable experience. I witnessed non-contradictory contradiction. Hey, how’s that for a topic to drive a person […]

Honor Guard service more than just a ‘special duty’ detail

Senior Airman Christopher Willing 27th Communications Squadron Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The camaraderie you build sometimes feels like you gained a bunch of brothers and sisters with all the joking […]

Leadership learned through experience, guidance

Jim Lee: Local columnist On Saturday, I became a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portales. It was the first day of our club’s new administrative year, and officers serve a one-year term. Elwyn Hulett became our new president. Elwyn will do a great job, and I’ll be able to take a break now. […]

Honor Guard builds pride

Honor Guard members Senior Airman Jaclyn McCord and Senior Airman Brian Vasvary form up for an official functions. Senior Airman Christopher Willing 27TH COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The […]

Students give news, get experience

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By Kevin Wilson It’s 3:15 p.m. on Monday, and it’s just like any other Monday in the newsroom for News 3 New Mexico at the KENW television station in Portales. Jennifer Best has a concern for news director John Kirby. The Eastern New Mexico University senior is typing a story on allergy season and she […]

Cooper joins Freedom as business manager

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational […]

Trio of owners work to keep values

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series of stories about local business owners who have been at their business for five years or more. Owners of the Portales Ace Hardware Store — John Gentry, Ray Gutierrez and Don Sena — have been united by a three-way partnership for […]

Music creates new experiences

By Helena Rodriguez How many of you out there in newspaper land can say you’ve enjoyed both classical and conjunto music — on the same night? The music of famous symphonic composers and contemporary Tejano musicians? The smooth brass and strings of a philharmonic — and the rumbling, accordion-fueled sound of a Tex-Mex band? That’s […]

South team has local presence

By Dave Wagner Charlene Reyes has regularly fielded quality teams in nine years as Alamogordo’s softball coach, including two state champions. Still, she feels almost an embarrassment of riches in coaching the South squad in this year’s North-South all-star series at Lady Wildcat Field. The teams meet in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader today. The teams […]

Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]

Teague looking for more involvement

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series about candidates for the upcoming Roosevelt County Commission District 2 primary election. A man who has done everything from operate some of the area’s largest car dealerships to play a key role in city government, is seeking a seat on […]