Officials want more space

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners discussed office space issues at the Department of Public Health and the county administrator’s office during their regular meeting Tuesday. Public Health Nurse Carol Morgan gave commissioners an update of her office’s activities and said high on her priority list is additional room in the office. The office is […]

Winning the global war still our number one priority

Gen. T. Michael Moseley To the Airmen of the United States Air Force We’re at a critical juncture for the united States Air Force and the Department of Defense – a transition period that will shape the Nation’s security for a generation or more. Tomorrow’s Air Force must be and will be more agile, more […]

District attorneys’ offices moving

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The staff of the 9th Judicial District Attorney in Roosevelt and Curry counties will experience a change of scenery by the end of this year, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. The district attorney’s offices in both Portales and Clovis are moving from […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

Day trips

Freedom Newspapers American Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock — The museum strives to tell the story of American agriculture. Info: (806) 239-5796 American Wind Power Center, Lubbock — Collection of historic windmills in the world with more than 90 windmills dating back from the 1870s. Info: (806) 747-8734 Art Gallery in the South Plains College Library, […]

Administration details spaceport plans, some skeptical

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed $225 million facility […]

Our state claims most UFO sightings

Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re a distinguished UFO-ologist emeritus like I am, you know that New Mexico holds the record for the most ballyhooed assaults from outer space. In fact, the coveted Black Hole Cup has been won by so many communities in this state that Rush Limbaugh has labeled them prime examples of […]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

Air space expansion could help Cannon survive BRAC

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very speed […]

Christmas decorations not the biggest holiday fire hazards

By Tony Parra People during Christmas time may be focusing on Christmas trees and lights as a fire danger, but in Roosevelt County, they will need to turn their attention to what keeps them warm more than anything else. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Running said his major concerns in Portales are space heaters and fire […]

Fire claims home of couple

By Tony Parra An elderly couple will be without their home this Christmas after a fire burned down their two-bedroom house late Wednesday evening. Portales Fire Department fire fighters responded to a call at 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday of a fire at the residence of 288 South Roosevelt Road U. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Running […]

Astronaut visits ENMU campus

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By Tony Parra John Herrington has been in space. On Monday, he completed another important trip, answering questions from area students at Eastern New Mexico University’s Theatre Center. “It’s a great chance to come to a place, which I’m sure, not many astronauts have visited,” Herrington said after the presentation. “We (astronauts) want to share […]

Sci-fi fans to gather for lecture

Tony Parra Space, the final frontier: An everyday cliche for Star Trek fans, a creative compartment in the mind of Jack Williamson. Space exploration will be in the minds of those participating in the Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon, titled “Space Opera — Then and Now,” which will take place on Thursday in the ballroom of […]

D.A. Carter seeks funding, office space

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office has been so cramped for space that at one point employees there used an area near the kitchen sink to file their cases. A similar shortage of personnel and funds for the district attorney’s office are allowing criminals, especially drug offenders, to receive light sentences and thus […]

Space missions should accomplish more for the money

Jim Lee I’m confused again. It seems the older I get the easier that happens. This time it’s really getting me spaced out. Well, I suppose I should simply say what’s on my beleaguered mind. OK, here it comes. I don’t understand why we risk the lives of astronauts just to make them ride circles […]

Parents visit with teachers, cafeteria

Tony Parra Portales school officials were able to accomplish two goals when they held a parent-teacher conference in the newly-renovated Portales High School cafeteria on Monday. Parents were able to talk with teachers about student progress. And they got to view the new cafeteria. The cafeteria had an addition to it which eliminated an open […]

Two Portales students ready for takeoff

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Mike Linn Two local students will get an aerial tour of Portales at 9 a.m. today, thanks to some drawings they sketched documenting a time line of air travel — from the Wright brothers to NASA’s atmosphere-penetrating space shuttles. Sunny Liu, 13, and recent Portales High graduate Monica Best won the state’s National Aviation Art […]