We could all use comfort in our lives

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I […]

My turn: Sympathy needed for invisible obstacles

All of us are compassionate about obstacles that announce themselves: Disfigurements, wheelchairs, canes, oxygen tanks… It is the invisible ones—minor speech impediments, addictions, family secrets, mental and emotional disorders, etc.—that we desperately try to conceal. Silently, we bear the impact of uninvited obstacles. When younger, we may consider these unique crosses ordained to make us […]

Press release: City rescinds water alert

The City of Portales has rescinded the mandatory water alert declared last Thursday. Water pumps have been repaired, and, thanks to the cooperation of local residents, businesses and the recent rains, acceptable levels have been reached in the city’s water tanks. The City of Portales would like to extend its gratitude for the community cooperation […]

City will celebrate 100th anniversary of incorportation

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales was officially incorporated as a city in 1909. Next Tuesday, the current townspeople will celebrate the 100th anniversary of that event with a street fair featuring old and new traditions. A Centennial Street Fair will bring out musicians, food vendors, belly dancers, karate demonstrations, dunk tanks and even […]

Vietnam-era tanks continue to meet military need

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Geraldo Valdez, foreground, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Airman Basic Jake Jordan, 27 SOLRS, unchain an M-42 Duster tank at the Melrose Air Force Range on Feb. 18. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Two M-42 Duster tanks moved from […]

Jet forced to make emergency landing

Freedom New Mexico An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m., according to a news release. The pilot was able to save the $35 million aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining […]

Cannon reports F-16 malfunction

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m., according to a news release. The pilot was able to save the $35 million aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. […]

Cannon plane makes emergency fuel drop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release happened due to […]