Big winds punctuate couple’s wedding

Freedom New Mexico Jerry and James Priest lived in a cramped trailer home for nine months last year after their home was torn apart by the tornado. Parts of their 85-year-old home were strewn around their 75 acres south of Clovis. A new office for their auction business set up in a trailer was turned […]

Construction will make room for more personnel

Cannon Air Force Base The Military Personnel Flight (MPF) office areas in Bldg. 600 will undergo construction during the next couple months to accommodate more personnel who will assist in centralizing all personnel issues for the base. Hours of operation for the MPF remain the same as the construction will consist of two phases. The […]

12-16 District Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Ivan Carrillo, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge of battery upon a peace officer is ordered to serve 18 months by the Department of Corrections to run concurrent with the sentence the defendant is currently serving on a Magistrate Court case and […]

District Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in District Court. • Mark Rodriguez, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. He was ordered to serve 18 months supervised probation and sentencing was deferred for 18 months. He was ordered to pay court fines and fees and perform 50 hours of […]

Clovis bank receives third bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Bank of America received its third bomb scare in five months on Tuesday. Police evacuated the bank at the corner of Prince and Manana streets and secured the parking lot around 1 p.m. after a woman called a business next door and said there was a bomb in […]

One sweet recovery

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Montie and Michelle Nickels of Elida wanted to get their daughter Hailey a horse. By doing so, they earned the trust of a new friend and saved the life of an abused animal. Nine-year-old Hailey Nickels showed her horse, Butterscotch, Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair youth horse […]

Everyone needs help sometime

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections I have come to expect that at least one bad thing will happen when my husband is TDY, deployed or on a remote assignment. Just two months after I gave birth to our daughter, he left for a month-long assignment in Las Vegas, Nev. I had just returned to work […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Change is inevitable

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections May is a month where change is evident in more ways than one. The weather heats up, the grass turns green and schools release the students for a couple of months of relaxation. And around the Fennell house there has been much change as well. Our oldest child, 17-year-old Josh, has […]

Local women recall parts in film

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When Allison Draper and her Melrose basketball teammates would hit the floor at the Farwell Invitational every December, she would never look forward to seeing Hailey Richey and her Farwell Lady Blue teammates. The two were enemies until they were united on the basketball court as fictional teammates in “Believe […]

Nov. 25, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom Newspapers Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” just got custody of her grandchildren and times are a little hard right now for the family. Her holiday hopes: To have presents under the tree for her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Boys pants size 5, boys shirt size 5, boys […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had known […]

Robberies spike in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Portales hasn’t seen the same increase, say local police. Summer […]

Deployments: Making the best of the situation

Janet Birkey Marc Abel is part of a different group of military spouses – a male who will make permanent change of station moves, but doesn’t deploy. As an Airman’s husband, he is the one left behind to handle the everyday stuff and figure out how to make a satisfying life that can be both […]

Timely immunizations keep everyone fit, healthy

Maj. Marina Johnston According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the incidence of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases has dramatically declined in the United States since the initiation of large-scale vaccination programs. But despite the successes, nearly 48,000 adults die yearly from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. Immunizing children not only protects them from […]

Portales economy on mend

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Community leaders say they feel there are good signs of economic growth in Portales after the first five months of 2006. Despite the continued uncertainty of a mission for Cannon Air Force Base, those leaders are optimistic. Debi Lee, city manager, said a positive sign of growth is the […]

New fighter wing calendar

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 27th Fighter Wing has established a new consolidated 27 FW Official Wing Calendar. The calendar is located on the Cannon Intranet and is available to everyone in the wing to view. The new calendar is a rolling year with the first three months showing all the high fidelity events […]

In Tribute — January Deaths

The following is a list of people with area ties who died in January 2006. Astorga, Juan, 74, Portales, Jan. 4 Baker, Joe, 50, Portales, Jan. 12 Bell, Maurice, 93, Clovis, Jan. 26 Bobbitt, Mattye, 97, Artesia, Jan. 16 Bono, Isabella, 3 months, Portales, Jan. 15 Brittain, Ruth, 86, Melrose, Jan. 20 Carter, Eugene, 67, […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Judge Hartley surgery delays 27 local cases

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday. Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant . Some of Hartley’s […]