Chandler asks legislature for help starting senior safety program

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is asking lawmakers for $50,000 he hopes will help spotlight and improve safety for senior citizens in Roosevelt County. “There are many laws to punish those who abuse the elderly that are reactive,” Chandler said. “We want this to be proactive and an innovative approach to […]

Lock it up

Airman Thomas Trower Story and photos Do you own any weapons? If so, have you registered them through the 27th Security Forces Squadron? These are two questions that every person assigned to on-base, Chavez Manor or Chavez West housing are asked before being handed the keys to their new home. “When the Security Forces are […]

Nov. 4 Local Briefs

Personal safety workshops set The Eastern New Mexico Student Affairs Office has announced a series of personal safety workshops for students, in a news release Thursday. The workshops will be conducted by members of the counseling center and local law enforcement personnel. The workshops will held at noon Friday in the Pecos room in the […]

Safety manager pushes for safe Halloween

Airman Thomas Trower With more than half of the nation’s traffic fatalities over past Halloween weekends related to alcohol, Mr. Richard Peterson, 27th Fighter Wing ground safety manager began a strong push toward a safe Halloween season and to remind all party-goers to always remember to designate a sober driver. “Halloween is most often thought […]

Motorcycle safety instructor shares tips

Master Sgt. Glen Pugh “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those that have been involved in an accident and those that will.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? I know I have. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor for the past four years, I personally believe that statement is not totally accurate. That’s […]

Fire Department gets new fire safety house

Bruce Ford, 27th Fighter Wing Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention, opens the door to the new fire house recently acquired by the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department. Melanie Salazar The door and doorknob are hot. Smoke pours into the room between the door and the threshold, and the fire alarm chirps stubbornly in the […]

Keep children’s safety in mind near school bus stops

School bus safety should be a concern for all. Amn. Thomas Trower It’s time for kids to be out at the bus stops again. While standing at the bus stop might not seem like a hazardous activity, according to an 8th Air Force safety message, each year throughout the United States many children are injured […]

Critical days continue to claim airmen

Tech. Sgt. Mike Spaits The fatal auto accident that claimed the lives of two Airmen in Germany recently raised the Air Force’s death toll to 24 during this year’s “101 Critical Days of Summer.” While that number is fairly typical for summer fatalities, it is still too high, said Tom Pazell, deputy chief of Air […]

City council moving closer to ordinance

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council inched closer Tuesday to passing an ordinance that would place restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines believed to be used in methamphetamine production. The council unanimously approved a motion to put the ordinance to vote. First the council must conduct a public […]

Honors continue for Howard

PNT Staff The honors continue to pour in for Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker. Howard, a first-team All-Lone Star Conference South choice in both 2003 and 2004, was named first-team NCAA Division II All-Southwest Region for the 2004 season this week by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Strong safety Adrian Quigley and free safety Ty […]

Education for emergencies set for Saturday

By Tony Parra The Portales emergency and health departments want to send a message to Roosevelt County residents on Saturday. That message is to learn helpful tips which could save a life. Portales will have its first Fire and Injury Reduction Safety Training program from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Memorial Building. The Portales […]

Portales Fire Department receives grant money

PNT Staff In the wake of several fires blazing across New Mexico, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici last week commended the Portales fire department for successfully completing another round of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding that will finance the purchase of two pieces of training equipment. Domenici, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations […]

Cannon’s Col. Yates stepping down at ceremony today

Darrell Maurina Meeting with local media for a press conference on his last full day commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates said the last two years have been the best of his life. That ends at 3 p.m. today with a change of command ceremony at Cannon, after which Yates will leave […]

Officials say man’s fall probably an accident

Tony Parra An incident involving an employee who fell 47 feet from a ladder while working at the Garvey Processing plant looks to be an accident, a state safety official believes. Matt Jackson fell from the ladder on March 1 and was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, prompting an inspection of the company […]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

Darrell Maurina Area law enforcement agencies received free gun locks on Tuesday from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Local residents can pick up the safety locks at the Portales Police Department or the Roosevelt County Sherrif’s Office. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said he has about 800 safety locks that will fit almost any gun. […]

Cannon awarded first for safety

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Fighter Wing added another award in February to its increasing stack: the Colombian trophy, given each year to the base rated best in the Air Force for safety. The nomination documentation submitted by Cannon Air Force Base cited a long list of accomplishments, including flying 15,239 […]

Officials help convenience stores follow safety guidlines

Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and held […]

Residents seek safety tips to prepare for severe weather

Mike Linn Residents of Portales have made frequent calls to city hall over the past two weeks, probing city officials about safety measures during turbulent weather patterns. Many of the questions involve the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and what it means when six strategically-placed sirens sound throughout the city. The […]

Tornado safety tips

The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. – Have […]