Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Big Valley Auto Technician Ysidro Gonzales works under the hood of a truck in his shop. Big Valley Service Manager Billy Bagwell said as winter approaches, people need to take their cars in to be winterized. Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have […]

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Sharna Johnson A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if convicted. […]

Cannon air mechanic keeps MRAPs rolling

USAF photo: Master Sgt. Trish Bunting Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Detachment 3 vehicle mechanic, performs maintenance on an MRAP on Dec. 11. Five vehicle maintainers are attached to the unit to keep these life-saving vehicles operational. Rodriguez is deployed from the 551st Special Operations Squadron at Cannon and […]

Still thankful for Clovis mechanic

By James Matessino: Guest columnist In July 1968, I was a Vietnam-era veteran traveling from Louisiana to my next assignment at Sacramento’s McClellan Air Force Base. I was driving my old Ford Comet, determined not to go to California without wheels. I made it to visit a gent I was stationed with in Turkey. He […]

Auto skills center offers DIY help

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Tripp Johnson gets some advice from Leonard Marchman at the Auto Skills Center before he rotates his tires. Marchman has been the manager of the Cannon Air Force Base facility since 2001. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections When Leonard Marchman took a job at Cannon Air Force Base several years […]

Service center makes supersize repairs

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Gilbert Chavez of Clovis, a certified caterpillar technician, checks the anti freeze level on a truck during a general inspection Monday at R&D Service Center. Chavez has been employed there for 5 years. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ever since Ronald Dickson and Don Reid started the R&D Service […]

Oscar C. Witt

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Oscar C. Witt Date of birth: June 19, 1919 Dates of service: Jan. 15, 1940 to Sept. 15, 1945 Lives in: Logan Hometown: Vancouver, […]

Pena, Joe

Joe Pena Services:Have been held. Joe Pena, 95, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Kaseman-Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque. He was born on June 1, 1909, in Sapello, to Nestor and Guadalupita Montoya Pena. He married Clara Bustos in 1933 at Las Vegas, N.M. He worked as a civilian inspector at the Fort […]