Cannon eliminating 53 civilian positions

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Christina Calloway Cannon Air Force Base will be cutting 53 civilian positions but a spokesperson said Thursday that doesn’t mean 53 people will lose their jobs. According to a press release from Cannon public affairs, 26 of the jobs being eliminated were already vacant and hadn’t been filled. Of the remaining 27 people being affected [...]

Xcel Energy plans for upgrades

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Alisa Boswell A colder-than-normal Feburary has given New Mexico power companies even more incentive to make power system upgrades. Xcel Energy had upgrades already in the works, but company spokesperson Wes Reeves said power outages on days featuring below-freezing were eye-opening. Reeves said during Portales’ cold spell, the most drastic temperatures were in the early [...]

Portales Municipal Court closing early

PNT staff report The Portales Municipal Court is closing at noon Thursday for training and will not open again for normal hours until Monday. A court spokesperson said anyone scheduled to appear during the days of the closure will not be penalized for not appearing.

Tucumcari man shot in neck

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man is charged with a shooting another man in the back of the neck in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge in Tucumcari on Monday. Howard Russell King, the victim, was transported to Tucumcari Memorial Hospital by relatives about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to documents [...]

Power outage in Portales

After wind knocked down a transmission line serving parts of Portales on Monday, 3,136 customers were without power for as long as almost 2 1/2 hours, Xcel Energy spokesmen said. Spokesman Troy Foos said the power went off in stages, but the longest time before it was restored was two hours and 20 minutes. Spokesman [...]

Spokesperson: Meatpacker drops local sale barn

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A large Texas beefpacker won’t purchase cattle from Portales Livestock Auction until the auction makes changes in its animal handling procedures, according to the National Meat Association. Caviness Meat Packers made the decision following allegations of cattle abuse made last week against the Portales auction by the Humane Society [...]

Police seize cocaine

PNT Staff Report Portales Police seized cocaine with a street value of more than $27,000 Tuesday from a city residence. Acting on a search warrant, police found more than nine ounces of cocaine inside a residence at 1213 N. Ave. M. The occupants of the house were not home at the time,, according to a [...]

Portales woman dies from auto accident injuries

PNT Staff A 47-year-old Portales resident died Thursday in a Lubbock hospital a day after being injured in an auto accident in Littlefield, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University Information Services. Kimberly Lutnesky, 47, was the wife of ENMU professor Marv Lutnesky, according to the ENMU release. Lutnesky was attempting to [...]