Airman tapped for Tops in Blue

USAF: Maj. Chris Burch U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Hardeman, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems specialist, shows off his vocal abilities at a competition held Jan. 9-16 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Hardeman, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, placed first in the men’s vocal division after […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Community rallies to replace stolen supplies for U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan

Dianne Parker: Courtesy photo Portales teachers Sara Meeks, left, and Brooke Cordova handle supplies the Portales community donated to soldiers in Afghanistan. The contributions filled 94 boxes. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico For the sake of soldiers they had never met, Portales community members collected enough personal supplies to fill 94 boxes, plus about […]

American Legion to honor Bataan Death March survivors

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Argen Duncan For the 64th year in a row, the local American Legion is honoring those who have served with their annual Veterans Day service. The event is open to the public. American Legion Post 31 and Auxiliary Unit 31 make a special effort to honor the area’s two surviving Bataan Death March survivors and […]

Portales past: Oct. 31, 1952

Oct. 31, 1952: The Portales Daily News: Representatives of Portales civic organizations last night unanimously approved a move to bring a Red Cross mobile blood unit here to take whole blood for Korea.

Portales past: Oct. 25, 1953

Oct. 25, 1953: The Portales Daily News: Pvt. John W. Berry, whose wife is Mrs. Altha Berry of North Star Route, Elida, was nearing completion of a 16-week training cycle in Fort Leofiard Wood, Mo., with a unit of the 6th Armored Division.

Xcel asks for customers’ conservation help

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request […]

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and static aircraft […]

RGH’s cardio unit aids in recovery

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital offers people who have had a cardiac incident or cardiac surgery a way to recover. “We’re doing everything we can to offer services to the Portales community,” RGH Director of Rehab Services Danny Justus said. “One of the services is the cardiac rehab.” Once a patient […]

RGH sets up flu screening unit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer High numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms and concern about the H1N1 virus have prompted Roosevelt General Hospital to set up a special triage unit in the parking lot. A spokesperson for the Portales hospital said the unit that started functioning Thursday is an attempt to separate possible flu […]

EOD unit works to keep community safe

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Senior Airman Michael Cook, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal member, operates the HD-1 remote entry robot on base.. HD-1 are modeled robots, made by Remotech Andros, that assist in remote-entry situations. By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air […]

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 […]

Military branches combine for Joint Lightning exercise

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Roy Priest of GATR Technologies talks about an inflatable satellite prototype Thursday. The satellite would replace a traditional saucer satellite dish used to transmit and receive signals. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future of […]

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.

Comcast to hold service day

Approximately 30 local Comcast employees and their families and friends will volunteer Saturday to clean up the Girl Scouts, Service Unit 53 in Portales. The Portales project stems from Comcast’s seventh annual Comcast Cares Day. Local Comcast volunteers, along with Girl Scout leaders, Girls Scouts and their parents will team up to replace the fence, […]

It’s Their Job: Piepkorn

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Name: Gary and Judy Piepkorn Job: The couple own and operate Almost Home Bed and Breakfast. Background: Judy is a wife and mother and currently has a certification as an oncology nurse and is working at Stanford University Hospital in California in the bone marrow transplant unit (oncology deals with cancer, which requires the status […]

Smoke clears county courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

Fighter squadron prepares for inactivation

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —History was made for the former 27th Fighter Wing as the 522nd Fighter Squadron, or Fireballs, and their Aircraft Maintenance Unit returned from their deployment to Andersen Air Force Baese, Guam. The four-month deployment was the last for the Fireballs as they […]

Hospital installing MRI machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has upgraded their technology and equipment with the recent arrival of a magnetic resonance imager (MRI) machine. “It’s called a Vantage. It’s state of the art to produce high resolution images for doctors,” said Robert Schneider, senior customer engineer for Toshiba. Equipped with silent technology, the […]