Portales increases graduation rates

By Tony Parra The Portales Schools District has already met one requirement of the adequately yearly progress guidelines by improving its high school graduation rate from 87 percent for the 2003-04 school year to 94 percent in 2004-05 school year. The district had more than 150 students graduate, but Priscilla Mestas, assistant superintendent and director […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]

Husband rescues

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to Portales Fire […]

Accused child abuser may enter plea

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man accused of abusing his infant son may reach a plea agreement with prosecutors rather than face a jury, attorneys said Monday. Robert Neely faces a maximum penalty of 18 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him. Ralph Dowden, his attorney, and prosecutor Donna […]

Burglary crimes up in Roosevelt County in 2004

By Tony Parra Burglary crimes are up 27 percent in 2004 from 2003 in Roosevelt County, according a recently released report from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. The report showed an increase of burglaries from 41 in 2003 to 56 in 2004. Tom Gossett, Roosevelt County Sheriff, said there was a $32,000 burglary spike in […]

Man accused of abusing infant

By Tony Parra A pre-trial date of March 14 has been set for a man accused of abusing his infant son. Robert Neely, 24, was indicted on Jan. 18 on first-degree child-abuse charges and is accused of injuring Dezauron S. Neely, who was 3 months old at the time of the incident. The baby was […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

Cannon: Expansion would create more noise, but no other problems

Staff and Wire Reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would have […]

CBS fires four after report released

Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and […]

Cannon releases report regarding air space

By Ryan Lengerich The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The proposed expansion would […]