Residents get glimpse of Cannon aircraft

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was a positive. Col. Stephen Clark said the base is a large part of Clovis and Portales. “Our airmen are a part of the community,” said Clark. […]

Fire departments to use grants for water tanks

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two Roosevelt County fire departments have received grants allowing them to provide better service while lowering home insurance premiums for residents. Floyd and Arch fire departments learned Monday they were chosen to receive $100,000 each through the state Fire Marshal’s Office Grant Council. The money is earmarked for water […]

County counts consistent

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a month after Census questionnaires were mailed to residents, return rates are approaching the numbers seen 10 years ago. As of Monday, Clovis has had a 54 percent mail-in return rate and Portales has had a 52 percent return, according to www.census2010.gov. Officials have said in the 2000 […]

Cannon Operational Readiness Exercise begins Saturday

Freedom New Mexico People who live on or near Cannon Air Force Base may be affected by an Operational Readiness Exercise scheduled for Saturday through April 15, according to a news release from the base. Residents may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, sirens or simulated explosions. According to the release, traffic […]

Portales hosts orientation for Cannon families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chris Harrell, a 4th grade teacher, led the Portales Orientation Day for Cannon airmen and their families March 13. Musical entertainment and free food added to the day that included community leaders briefing the new military arrivals on the opportunities and activities available. By: Airman 1st […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

City official urges residents to participate in census

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis officials are desperate to get residents counted because people equal dollars. And it all hinges on 10 simple questions. Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said large segments of Clovis didn’t respond to the Census count 10 years ago, skewing population figures and depriving the community of much […]

Portales Past: March 14, 1950

March 14, 1950: Male residents of the Roosevelt County communities of Bluit and Bledsoe performed in the play “The Womanless Wedding” at the Bledsoe school.

Portales hosting family event

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event to inform new residents about activities in the city. The event will include information from the city, school system, library, and Eastern New Mexico University. Free food will be served and activities will keep children entertained while residents learn about Portales. The even […]

Chicken herding not all it’s cracked up to be

By Glenda Price: Humor columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. I sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Students get hands-on training at Heartland

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Students get practical experience and residents gain personal attention in a long-time partnership between Heartland Continuing Center in Portales and Clovis Community College. As part of their clinical rotations, several groups of CCC nursing students spend two days a week for two weeks each at Heartland every semester. They […]

Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

Measure would make information accessible online

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Heartland care center planning therapy room

PNT Staff Reports Heartland Continuing Care Center is remodeling what used to be a hospital emergency room on its campus to become a therapy room for residents and other community members. Administrator Joann Tweedy said the area would provide a simulated living space for physical, occupational, speech and restorative therapy with inpatient and outpatient services.

Snow settles down

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Life started returning to normal across eastern New Mexico Friday as residents began digging out from a vicious winter storm that shut down travel, schools and most commerce for almost two days. The storm that developed overnight Wednesday was the biggest snow the area has seen this year, dumping […]

Snow pummels Portales

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A wintry mix of freezing rain, high winds and fast-falling snow Thursday blanketed the area and shut down a majority of the community. Clovis and Portales schools and government agencies closed Thursday and today after upwards of 6 inches of snow covered roadways already slick from freezing rain. Cannon […]

Meeting set for Clovis 801 housing residents

27th SOW Public Affairs A community town hall meeting for residents of 801 housing in Clovis will be held Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the community center. 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron personnel will be available to answer questions and concerns about security and safety. This will be a neighborhood-watch type of forum. […]

Residents mark MLK day with march

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By Clarence Plank:PNT Staff Writer Sixty Portales residents joined together in marching in the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. As the group made its way up Second Street to Abilene Street and the Memorial Building, people did stop to take notice. For the Sigma Chi fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University, this […]

Residents file candidacies for city office

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Four candidates are vying for mayor in this year’s Portales municipal election, and two of five city councilor races are contested. Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold is unchallenged in seeking re-election. Tuesday was filing day for the March 2 municipal election candidates. City Councilor Gary Watkins, Twin Oaks Construction owner […]

Club extends holiday greetings

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Nancy LaVallee twists garland around her tree. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Cannon Spouses Club has been bringing smiles and Christmas goodies to local retirement center residents for the third year. On Tuesday club members decorated miniature Christmas trees and filled goodie bags for Clovis retirement center residents who […]