Portales native serves as mock insurgent

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DOD photo: Benjamin Faske Army Spec. Cory R. Gonzales is a member of 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment located in Hohenfels, Germany, at the Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center. He functions as an enemy insurgent, or known within the Army as an opposing force, or OPFOR. By Michael Tolzmann: Joint Hometown News Service HOHENFELS, Germany […]

FFA president to be part of parade

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State FFA President Ryan Best, an Elida native, is to participate in the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., as part of the first-ever national FFA organization’s float in the event, according to a news release. Best, along with FFA presidents from all 50 states, Puerto […]

Portales native vying for USA Today contest

Freedom New Mexico Dennis Harper, a Portales native, has entered a contest to report on the first pre-inaugural cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea as a “reporter at sea.” The winner will be reporting from the cruise for USA Today with Gene Sloan for the Cruise Log. Harper, now of Roswell, entered […]

Taylor pleads guilty in 2005 slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque Friday. The nine charges against […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Scrapbooking garners Cannon employee award

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Debbie Baldwin, 27th Special Operations Medical Dental Group, was recognized by the Society of American Indian Government Employees for her efforts in documenting Native American cultural events. By La Dona Beevers: 27th SOW Public Affairs A scrapbook highlighting Native American heritage was pivotal in earning an employee […]

Dora student working toward national roping finals

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Dora native Jesse Clark took first place in the 19 and under age group at the recent annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial and hopes to use the momentum to get to the high school national finals. Clark made the list of eight ropers on April […]

Author to host book signing

Freedom New Mexico Native New Mexican Kathleen Rodgers followed her husband from base to base during his twenty-year career as an Air Force fighter pilot. She met her husband while he was assigned at Cannon Air Force Base. She wrote a book about her and her family’s experiences called The Finale Salute. The author will […]

Portales native helps separate conjoined twins

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

Military feature: Clovis native’s novel takes flight

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former Cannon Air Force Base F-111 pilot. “The Final Salute: Together We Live On” by Kathleen Rodgers tells the story of fictitious […]

Clovis native’s novel takes flight

Courtesy photo Air Force fighter pilot Tom Rodgers, husband of author Kathleen Rodgers, looks out from the cockpit of an A-10. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former Cannon […]

Events Calendar Nov. 12

Wednesday Native American drummers — 6 p.m. Campus Union Ballroom, ENMU. Thursday Friends of the Library Book Sale — 5-7 p.m. in the Portales Public Library meeting room. Friday Friends of the Library Book Sale — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Portales Public Library meeting room. Saturday Friends of the Library Book Sale — 8 […]

ENMU Briefs Nov. 11

Debaters place as quarterfinalists The Eastern New Mexico University Debate Team placed as quarterfinalists at a tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma last weekend.Senior communication major Christopher Kelley and junior criminal justice major Helle Hatten won debates against teams from the University of Miami, the University of Oklahoma, and Kansas City Kansas Community College. […]

Ruidoso suffering worst flooding in decades

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. […]

Local Briefs June 19

PNT Staff Reports Author to discuss Portales book Barbara Russell Chesser, a Portales native who now lives in Waco, Texas, will present a copy of her latest book, “Remembering Mattie,” to the Portales Public Library during a reception from 4-5 p.m. Friday at the library. “Remembering Mattie” includes reminiscences about Mattie’s Cafe, a fixture in […]

Local man in need of heart transplant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Portales native is being treated at a Texas hospital awaiting heart transplant. Charles ‘Charlie’ Crane was admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston when doctors in Lubbock diagnosed him with a heart virus, said Charlie’s wife, Martha Crane. “Charlie is out of the hospital and […]

Office targets Native Americans’ needs

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Acclimation towards student life. Skills for moving on, or for giving back to reservations. Those are the focuses of the Native American Affairs Office at Eastern New Mexico University. “My prime focus is for my students to graduate with some work ethic and experience,” said Diana Cordova, multi-cultural affairs […]

Officials work to raise funding to replace stolen crown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A recent break-in that occurred in the Campus Union Building on the Eastern New Mexico University campus has marred the upcoming Miss Native ENMU pageant scheduled for mid-November. “It was devastating,” said Diana Cordova, director of Multi-cultural Affairs at ENMU. During the Peanut Valley Festival, the crown was one […]

Outsourcing of agriculture may be less than beneficial

Editorial We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration proposal to […]

Lady Bird Johnson leaves behind ladylike legacy

Editorial We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied a strength […]