Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Grant helps city, county prepare for disaster

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Roosevelt County personnel said they benefited from a federal grant for vulnerability assessments in Roosevelt County. The equipment and training purchased through grant monies will be used to form vulnerability assessments teams in Roosevelt County, said Keith Wattenbarger, Portales and Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director. […]

It’s Their Job: Jim Whary

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Jim Whary Job: Park Manager at Oasis State Park Background: After serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, Whary moved with his wife from the East Coast and started training on the job at Oasis. Time on the job: 14 years What does your job entail? I’m responsible for […]

It’s Their Job: John Montgomery

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: John Montgomery Job: Director of Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site and Museum and Eastern New Mexico University professor Background: Montgomery completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder and went on to take part in field work in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Time on job: 23 years […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Local Briefs July 31, 2008

Municipal court closed for trainingThe Portales Municipal Court will be closed today through Aug. 8 to allow staff to attend training, according to a press release from the court. Persons with a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized. Court will reopen on Aug. 11 and those who miss a date should […]

Board approves funding for ENMU weight training facility

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the use of $395,000 toward the design and construction of a weight training facility at the Portales campus. ENMU fields 14 men’s and women’s Division II teams. “It make sense to construct the new facility to increase the recruitment of […]

Boeing drops UAV classes in Clovis

Gabe Monte A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program in Clovis was not […]

Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

AFSOC training unit stationed at Cannon

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force Special Operations Command unit responsible for training aircrews in special operations airframes established a detachment at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M, May 10.

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Close call helps get priorities straight

Anita Doberman My husband and I have had to make some important decisions in the last few weeks. After many months of deployments, it seems that he has to go for one year of training for the new aircraft he will be flying. The training is split in two different locations, and once he is […]

It’s Their Job, Weston Pierce

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Name: Weston Pierce Job: Peanut butter plant manager at Sunland Inc. Time on job: Nine years Background: Pierce has scientific training in food services and food science training from Safeway and University classes in Microbiology. Pierce’s career began at Safeway milk plant and Froze Fruit Quality Assurance in Clovis. He has always been in the […]

Cannon clinic closes for training day

The Cannon Air Force Base clinic will be closed April 10 for a wing training day. Questions regarding the clinic closure can be directed to the 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office at 784-4131.

Spring Training

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Clint Brakebill, left, prepares to run to first base, while Portales High School baseball head coach Arturo Ontiveros is set to deliver an outfield hit during drills at practice Thursday afternoon. The Rams start their season at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they host Goddard.

2-8-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Lupe Garcia Job: Patient advocate, La Casa Family Health Center Time on job: Three years Background: Graduated from Portales High School. Previously worked for Portales Schools and at various daycare centers before coming to La Casa. Job description: I do all the vital signs on patients and work them up and get them ready […]

2-5-08 ENMU Briefs

Faculty/Alumni • Phillip Million, professor of Communicative Disorders, had an article, “Medical Concepts: Incorporating the Fundamentals In Graduate Training Programs,” published in the December 2007 issue of Advance for Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists. • On Jan. 26 history students Jere Johnston, Cheryl Walker, Robert Hoefer, and Kevin Poulin, attended the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference […]

1-25-08 It’s Their Job

Name: Rusty Radloff Job: Automotive Sales Representative, Big Valley Time on the job: One year Background: I was a jet mechanic in the military for four years. The Air Force that gave me the stepping-stone I needed. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. It begins with helping customers find a vehicle of their choice, […]

Selective Service System has opening for board member

PNT Staff Report The Selective Service System has an opening for a volunteer to serve with its Roosevelt County local board. Local board members are citizen volunteers appointed by the director of the Selective Service System, on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official. Local board members go through an […]

1-18-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Kirk Wilson Job: Patrolman for Portales Police dept Time on the job: Eight years Background: Volunteer for police department in Arcadia, Calif. Beginning in 1997 for two years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Enforcing traffic laws. I’m also coordinator for the Portales Adopt-a-Cop program. Q. What is a typical day on the […]