Year in review —

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• Country clubbers nabbed Ten people, including Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and former Roosevelt County Manager Mike Miller on Jan. 20 were charged with petty misdemeanor gambling at Portales Country Club. Officials said the 10 were videotaped playing poker on Dec. 30, 2010, and authorities seized $580 in cash. Charges have since been dismissed, […]

Year in review: Government

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David Stevens 677 — new homes Cannon Air Force Base expects to see by 2015 in a housing privatization project announced in November. Those three- and four-bedroom homes, plus 361 renovated houses, are expected to have a major impact on regional housing shortages for military personnel.

Year in review —

Freedom New Mexico • Elida won Class B state titles in basketball and volleyball. The Tigers rallied to beat Grady in Marh to win the school’s second basketball title (1995). In November, the Tigers repeated as Class B volleyba, beating Carrizozo in the title match. • ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo was in fired in […]

Book review —

“The Saturday Man” is science-fiction baseball novel about a 60-year-old superhero. He encounters Martians who have been living underground on Mars for eons. They are an advanced society both socially and scientifically. They are a peaceful though powerful society. They are telepathic and have been monitoring Earth for some time for they know Earth will […]

Press release: Cannon LATN environmental assessment released

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW FOR CANNON LOW ALTITUDE TRAINING PROPOSAL CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A draft Environmental Assessment analyzing establishment of a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing is available for download on the Cannon Air Force Base […]

How you can be a positive sports parent

Jack Perconte Positive parenting in sports is a choice parents make that allows sports to be about kids and not about parents. Parents who are out to relive their playing careers through their kids are the source of a lot of negative parenting in sports. The choice to be positive is not easy because of […]

TRICARE beneficiaries encouraged to review new dietary guidelines

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — New dietary guidelines released by officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture urge Americans to increase physical activity, reduce sodium intake, choose foods that provide more potassium and opt for water instead of soft drinks. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are issued […]

Year in review: County projects under way

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Alisa Boswell Big things have happened for Roosevelt County in 2010, according to County Commission Chairman David Sanders and outgoing County Commissioner Gene Creighton, who will finish his second term with the county at the end of this month. “I have appreciated serving the city and the county for the last eight years,” said Creighton. […]

Year in review: Shooting deaths investigated in 2010

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PNT staff reports Among this year’s more notorious crimes, a teenager was charged with killing a young woman who had befriended him, a man died after being shot in Dora, a fugitive was brought to trial after more than 16 years on the run and a Roosevelt County farmer was acquitted in a murder-for-hire case […]

Year in Review: Hospital gets new administrator

PNT staff report Roosevelt General Hospital had a year of change in 2010. In January, Larry Leaming replaced the retiring James D’Agostino as administrator. Leaming came to Portales from a position as president of the Institute for Rural Health Leadership in Grand Junction, Colo. He had goals of improving the hospital’s financial status, looking at […]

Year in review: 2010 was year of improvement projects

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Alisa Boswell Portales became a city of change in 2010 with various renovation projects to improve the city’s appearance and the flow of highway traffic. According to Mayor Sharon King and City Manager Tom Howell, Portales hopes to bring even more positive changes with the new year. One of the big projects in 2010 was […]

Fatal crash involving officer still under investigation

Freedom New Mexico A report on a Nov. 17 officer involved fatal crash was not available Friday, according to Clovis Police records personnel. Thursday, police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators planned to meet with the district attorney Friday morning to review the case and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos would face criminal charges or citations […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne: Heilman Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

Book review — Aug. 1

“Apache Captive” by N.C. Ware, $10.95, available at Hastings, online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or call 799-7263. This fiction story of a little white girl, taken captive from a wagon train during the mid 1800’s. It chronicles her life growing up in the beautiful mountains , living as an Indian and during the captive […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

The agony and ecstasy of a 5K runner

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The rumors of my death are, on further review, greatly exaggerated. Perhaps it was my fault that people believed I had died, as I wrote a death notice for myself to start last week’s column. Even though it was in the opinion section, and my date of death was […]

DoD disability board understaffed

A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael F. LoGrande, president of the […]

Legislative tidbits

Days remaining: 22 Panel to review contract The State Investment Council on Tuesday agreed to have a subcommittee review a multi-million dollar contract with the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker law firm. As part of the contract, which is drawing scrutiny from state lawmakers this session, the firm is converting thousands of documents — subpoenaed […]

Year in review: Portales proves its resiliency

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Freedom New Mexico The year 2009 may well be remembered as one of change for Portales and Roosevelt County. Portales’ only movie theater closed, and the city got a new manager. Also, area residents weathered a slew of spring fires and its share of H1N1 flu cases, plus low milk prices slammed the local dairy […]