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A look back at the year’s top stories

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By Argen Duncan and Clarence Plank The past year brought achievements, tragedy and changes for Roosevelt County. Below, the Portales News-Tribune takes a look back over 2008. January • Cannon Air Force Base received a delivery of C-130s as part of its transition to a Special Operations Base. • A grass fire burned more than [...]

Merger helps base office expand efforts

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Public Affairs department has gone from just producing written stories and photographs to broadcasting video stories on the Commanders Channel in the last year. The multimedia department combined with the public affairs desk and grew from a staff of four people to 20 people, according to Public [...]

Meth series hits home

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine . Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, [...]

Williamson considered one of science fiction’s greats

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular [...]

Ghost stories scarier when based in reality

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ghost stories, good ghost stories with actual historical characters, are hard to come by and even harder for some of us to remember. I never had a really good one until a few years ago. But the following ghost tale really happened one blustery fall near a historic gravesite. [...]

ENMU prof pens ghost stories

By Ezra Paul Mann: ENMU Communication Services Some of the best stories come about when they are left to write themselves, according to Stephen King, one of the most successful horror writers of all time. Antony Oldknow, professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, has the same belief. He hopes that the method will [...]

Book deadline approaches for Elida centennial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deadline to submit stories or photos for an Elida Centennial Book is June 1. The book is scheduled to be released in June 2007. Elida was incorporated July 3, 1907. Shirley Cater of Elida said she spoke with former and current Elida residents during the Elida all-school reunion [...]

Author visits area elementary

By Marlena Hartz Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the author of 11 of them. Lively and animated, the Fort Worth, Texas, author shared the secrets of her trade Friday with 20 James Bickley Elementary students who were selected by teachers to attend [...]

Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program [...]