Cannon rewarded for safety record

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

27 FW Safety sweeps awards at all levels

By Greg Allen The safety buck stopped at Cannon Tuesday, when the Columbian Trophy made another appearance at the 27th Fighter Wing. When the Air Force presented the wing with the prestigious trophy that recognizes the best flight safety program in the Air Force, it was only the tip of the safety iceberg for Team […]

Safety program for seniors launched

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Safety for senior citizens is the goal of the Newman Project that pays tribute to area couple Odis and Doris Newman, who were killed in March 2005. “They are a couple who had a big impact on Portales and Roosevelt County,” said 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler during […]

Senior safety project launch scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will launch a senior citizen safety project at 11 a.m. Monday at Valencia Elementary School in Portales, according to a press release. The program is called “The Newman Project” in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, a Roosevelt County senior citizen couple killed in 2005. Its […]

Become more involved in healthcare

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The 27h Medical Group observed National Patient Safety Awareness Week Monday though today. Healthcare organizations across the country are participating in events to promote patient safety. According to the National Patient Safety Foundation Web site at www.npsf.org the theme for National Patient Safety Awareness Week is “Patient Safety – […]

Fire substation could be on horizon

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors discussed the feasibility of adding a fire substation on the north side of Portales and the possibility of expanding the law enforcement center at Tuesday’s meeting. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez addressed councilors on the topics, saying he had received several calls from people in North […]

Students put safety first

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Challenged to turn a tragedy into something positive, a Portales High School student organization developed a traffic safety program aimed at elementary students. Family Career and Community Leaders of America students presented the program Tuesday to James Elementary School second-graders. The safety program was inspired by the August death […]

Halloween tips listed

Compiled by Casey Peacock The PNT spoke with Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department regarding safety on Halloween night. Q. What are the best hours for children to be out trick-or-treating? A. “We would like for them to go about 5:30 p.m. or so, to give the five o’clock traffic time to die […]

School safety is priority in area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In light of the recent school shootings in the past week, area schools have heightened their awareness of campus activities and are emphasizing the safety measures that are in place at their respective schools. Two of the schools involved in the recent shootings are comparative in size to the […]

Farm safety is no laughing matter

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched before thrusting the hose forward, letting loose a stream of water. Zig-zagging it from side to side, she watched in satisfaction as the orange glow gave way to smoke and the flames disappeared. “I was scared of (the […]

Lack of education often results in firearm mishaps

Master Sgt. Edward Story, Jr. In the last year, two Airmen from Cannon received gun shot wounds while cleaning their firearms. Both incidents resulted from negligence and lack of familiarity with their weapon. Fortunately for the individuals, no life threatening or long-term injuries were sustained. These mishaps are instant reminders of the importance of knowing, […]

Cautious crossing benefits all

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer It’s time once again to watch out for the flashing lights in area school zones as the school year kicks off. Following the death of a James Elementary student the first week of school near her home on a rural highway, school officials are reiterating safety but believe their […]

Attention to detail earn Airmen ‘Safety Salutes’

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Pilots are trained and prepared for it, but none of them want to ever use that training. Ejecting from a high-speed F-16 can not only be frightening, but deadly, too. Thankfully for Cannon pilots, they have the trained expertise of the 27th Maintenance Group to ensure they are flying in […]

Dry conditions, fireworks make for nervous mixture

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer With dry conditions and bans on some types of fireworks in place, local fire officials are nervous about the possiblity of fires while vendors are concerned that business may fizzle. Eric Segovia, the manager of two Segovia Fireworks stands in Portales said stands are going to have to go […]

Safety major concern at public pools

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By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards and fences, border the area, but the element of danger is never far away. Rough play, falling, stubbed toes and novice swimmers venturing into water over their heads are some of the more […]

It’s always time to ‘knock it off’ for safety

Master Sgt. Ken Oswald F-16 pilots have a safety management tool called “knock it off.” Air Force Instruction 11-214 outlines conditions under which anyone in the flight can call a “knock it off.” When that happens everyone stops what they’re doing, makes sure they’re pointed away from the ground and each other, and they address […]

Market rewards better safety incentive than government regulation

Editorial Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that government […]

You’ll shoot your eye out Dick

By Karl Terry Call it a premonition or just good judge of character, but I called Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting style into question just a few weeks before his ill-fated and much-recounted hunting accident. The descriptions published about the vice president’s infamous hunt pretty much back up the assumptions I made about Cheney’s hunting […]

Roosevelt Detention Center inmate population still near capacity

By William Thompson The adult inmate population at Roosevelt County Detention Center stood at 80 yesterday, just two short of capacity. The center’s administrator, Jesse Luera, said he expects county commissioners will adopt an ordinance on March 7 to issue a gross receipts tax revenue bond for an addition to the detention center to relieve […]

Roosevelt County kids learn hunting safety and competition

By Tony Parra Some may be asking, if a 10-year-old can abide by the hunting safety rules and not harm anyone then why can’t Vice President Dick Cheney? Too bad Cheney is too old to enroll in the Roosevelt Youth Hunter Educational Challenge which is for the Roosevelt County youth between the ages of 10-18. […]