ENMU dance team takes top prize

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University dance team claimed first place in the Division II hip hop competition at the Cheerleaders of America cheer and dance championships, held Sunday in Dallas. Team members include Shawnae Prior, Alexis Richards, Chelsea Lawrence, Kameron Knight, Yun “Betty” Xu, Kacey Shakoto, Kamarine Trujillo and Jessica Anaya. The […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]

Research reveals stress on families

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Multiple, lengthy wartime deployments by service members are taking an emotional toll on their children who report being anxious or stressed at rates much higher than children nationwide, a new study concludes. Researchers with the think tank RAND interviewed more than 1,500 home caregivers (or non-deployed parent) and their children, […]

Hospital auxiliary news

The Oct. 21 meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary took place in the Conference Room at RGH with President Sid Phillips presiding. A thank-you letter from Home Health Care for providing a walker for their use for patients was read. Discussions of several items for purchase were introduced, some were tabled, and actions were […]

Oct. 10, 1976

According to the Portales News-Tribune, 50 participants in an intercultural music workshop at ENMU sat down Friday evening to an exotic dinner that ran largely to Arabian fare, although several members of the International Students helped with the preparation. At the conclusion of the program, workshop participants moved to the Music building, where Paul Parthun […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told […]

Administrators praise AYP progress

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Board members and administrators spent much of their time at the Portales Municipal Schools regular board meeting Monday discussing last school year’s Adequate Yearly Progress test scores. Although six of the seven Portales schools tested in March ‘09 did not meet standards established by the State of New Mexico, […]

Official: Military honors option available for veteran burials

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Henry Sanchez loved dancing, his guitar and his harmonica, family members said. And he loved life. “Anytime you saw him, he had a smile on his face,” daughter Veronica Goff said. “He was very patriotic and a family man.” All of those things were mentioned at his July 24 […]

Getting to know: Pastor helps congregation find place in ministry

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Walter Huber serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was worked at several churches over his 37 years in the ministry. What is your philosophy of leadership in the church? I believe that the church is the body of Christ and the body of Christ is made up of many members. In fact, the […]

Military deserves better in return

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members today deserve a better “return on investment” for their frequent deployments and long family separations. And that should include improved health benefits and two ways to retire earlier than age 60, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve. In an interview in his Pentagon […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The majority of airmen who could call Cannon Air Force Base home in the future are married and have more than one child, and almost 30 percent plan to buy another home if they relocate to Cannon, according to a survey conducted to plan for a growing military community. […]

Cannon growth plan implementation discussed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A plan for how the community should respond to potential growth at Cannon Air Force Base was approved Monday morning at a joint meeting of the Local Growth Management Organization and Local Growth Management Committee at Clovis City Hall. Members also agreed to discuss implementation further and to consult […]

Class of 1959 planning reunion

PNT Staff Report Members of the Portales High School Class of 1959 are planning a 50 year reunion and searching for contact information of missing classmates. Those individuals are Nadine Arnold Emmett, Carol Block Curtis, Jerry Carlisle, J.L. Coats, Audrey Dial Bucker, Mary Dyer Irwin, Dempsey Herpeche, Barbara Lott Shelton, Yvonne McBath, Paul Mallory, Bob […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

May 9, 1973

Members of the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee met at City Hall to plan a schedule for the annual spring trash bash, which would begin the following Sunday. Melvin Littlejohn

Livestock group joins association

PNT Staff Report Wofford Livestock of Portales has joined the American Angus Association, according to a news release. The association has nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members, making it the largest beef cattle registry association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 16 million registered Angus, the release said. These […]

G.I. Bill benefits transfer now easier

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Service members nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations. And service members who elect to transfer GI Bill benefits will be allowed to modify or revoke […]