Tips for protecting people and pets from animal bites

27th Special Operations Medical Group On the High Plains, stray animals are a fact of life. With the significant number of stray animals on and around our installation, as well as the difficulty in controlling these animals, bites by stray animals are equally common. While several base agencies are work to control and diminish this […]

Brooks wins national music competition

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends side by side with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the piano. “He wanted to learn ‘Home on the Range,’ so I used masking tape on the keys and numbered them on two octaves,” recalled […]

Every ‘goodbye’ leads to ‘hello’

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “Someone is waiting for someone to leave or someone to arrive,” I thought. We were in an airport terminal. I looked around at the teary faces of people waiting to say their last goodbye. I also watched those happy expectant people waiting to hug a loved one “hello.” “How much […]

Air Force Major loved family, airplanes, service

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Michael Wassil played piano, sang and flew airplanes. Wassil spent 25 years in the Air Force before retiring as a Major. Although Wassil was never stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, his wife Barbara, said the New Mexico base was “close to her husband’s heart.” According to Wassil’s family, he […]

Tragedy teaches several lessons

Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, miners and many others. […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Dia de los Muertos pokes fun at death

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Mexicans are on familiar terms with death. They are undaunted by death and have no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, according to Nobel Prize-winning poet, writer and diplomat, Octavio Paz. Paz goes on to say, “He (the Mexican) chases after it, mocks it, courts it … […]

Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

County residents remember Carmichael

By Sharna Johnson Hers was a well-known face in the town of Dora. Those who knew her describe a driven, dedicated woman who put the welfare of others before her own. Ella “Charlie” Carmichael, mother of four, made Dora her life. A Roosevelt County resident for about 65 years, she relocated from Causey to Portales […]

Stewart’s life of civic pride celebrated

By Marlena Hartz He is the commander of more than 1,000 aircraft and the leader of more than 100,000 men. But Thursday at the memorial service of Ernest “Doc” Stewart, he simply mourned the loss of a friend. On bended knee, Gen. Ronald Keys gently handed Stewart’s wife a meticulously folded American flag. It was […]

Shults was congenial and graceful

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Maybelle Shults was a woman of congeniality and grace in her younger days. She enjoyed serving others and coordinating parties for her family and friends. In her late 60’s, Shults developed Alzheimer’s, which brought a domino effect of change to her life and to those who loved her. Maybelle Shults […]

Greg Brown Life Story

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Greg Brown gave his life to the people that he met, becoming a beacon of friendship to them. His life ended on a sad note but it was his love for people that has left behind a legacy in the hearts of those that were affected by the purity of […]

Jan. 5 Obituaries

Mary Norris, 57 Mary Louise Norris, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah. She was born Sept. 28, 1947 to Lyle and Jean Norris in Las Vegas. She graduated from high school at Johnson Air Base in Japan, and was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She […]

Swaim had generous nature

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Teresa Swain had cheerful outlook on life regardless of what situation presented itself. Family members said she enjoyed crafts, cross-stitching, growing flowers, and cooking — manicotti and enchiladas were her favorite. K.P. Jaquess, Swain’s grandfather, said she loved a crowd, which is one reason why she loved her job in […]

Zahn had fun approach to life, family

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dorothy Zahn was a woman that loved to live. With a fun demeanor, she attracted others with her temperament of friendliness and availability. Zahn was actively involved in her children’s lives as a volunteer chaperone. Debbie Welch, Zahn’s daughter, said she felt fortunate to have a mother like Zahn. “On […]

A thank you to our military and veterans

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I would like to say thank you to our military veterans. In a time of national crisis you have always given your all. Your lives have been interrupted. You have been separated from your loved ones. Who among us can know your pain, your loneliness and your willingness to […]

Sept. 16 Obituaries

Billie Selman, 70 Mrs. Billie Evelyn Marie Sanders Selman, 70, of Clovis, a housewife, mother and certified nursing assistant, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at her home. She was born on March 29, 1934, in Clovis, to Robert Burdette and Dora Marie Bryson Higgins. She married W.A. Sanders at a young age. She married Donald […]

Remember grandparents on Sunday

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Grandparents are special blessings. Some of my most treasured memories are those of “Granny and Granddaddy.” Their influence upon my life remains today. Granny’s singing filled every facet of her life. She sang while cooking, gardening, churning butter, quilting, rocking her grandchildren and much more. She sang praises to […]

Dendy was a traveling man

By Kevin Wilson Ed Dendy loved his family, he loved to fish and he loved to travel. “He was hard-working. He traveled a lot,” said his daughter, Judy Privett. “He was always on the road, either traveling salesman or a truck driver.” With thousands of travel miles logged in throughout his 80 years, Dendy helped […]

Villanueva seen as shining star by family

By Helena Rodriguez Pedro “Pete” Villanueva was the glue that stuck his family together, the backbone, the shining star. He was the special angel who left a void, a big space in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. This is how Rosalie Pacheco of Portales and Arthur Villanueva of West Jordan, Utah, […]