Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Last tornado not nearly as damaging

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By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were injured, about 100 homes and businesses were destroyed and close to 500 structures […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

911 tornado call transcripts

The following conversations are samples of calls being taken simultaneously by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: If […]

Displaced resident still in disbelief

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado slammed the Clovis area March 23 and tore apart his Oak Street home. “It’s gotten better day by day,” Castro said. “But it’s still hard to believe.” […]

Tornado weakened before hitting Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The March 23 tornado weakened before hitting Clovis, according to a National Weather Service tornado expert. Keith Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist with Albuquerque’s NWS, said the tornado was at its strongest about the time it hit Grande Vida Dairy on the Cacahuate Road nine miles east of Portales and as it was churning […]

Friona residents remember twister of 1995

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He said, […]

April 1, 2007 Briefs

PNT Staff Last Supper commemorated The First United Methodist Church will present “The Living Life Supper” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at 200 S. Ave. C in Portales. According to organizer Jan Smartnick, the event is a re-enactment of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last supper.” It is open to everyone and communion is available […]

Lady Rams split Saturday games

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams concluded their preparation for District 4-3A play at the 2007 Artesia Lady Dog Invitational Saturday, losing 10-0 against Aztec and beating Lovington 4-3. “The competition here is definitely good,” Portales coach Robbie Crowley said. “We haven’t played anybody badly, even Aztec, we shouldn’t have lost by as much […]

Portales-born Ross readies for MLB season

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales to Miami by way of Carlsbad, Detroit, Los Angeles and Cincinnati. That’s the long route that Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross took to reach his sunny Major League Baseball destination. Cody’s parents Kenny and Janet Ross lived with Kenny’s mom and dad in Portales in 1980 while Cody’s […]

Magistrate Court dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to the documents: —Amber Gibson, 25, pleaded no contest to the charges of fraudulent use of a debit card and theft of identity, obtaining identity by electronic fraud amended to attempted unauthorized use of debit card and attempted theft of identity, was […]

Parents: There’s no such thing as normal

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Parents seem to obsess about what’s normal for their children, wanting to make sure little ones fall within the right parameters for their ages. This obsession is not placated by the pediatrician’s reassurance that our children are indeed more than normal. We hope that they are and will be better […]

Hooterville candidate packs plenty of pork

By Arnold Ziffel: Guest columnist Editor’s note: Karl Terry is on safari in the African country of Foolswana in search of the rare pink hippopotamus. In place of his column this week is a piece from TV actor and presidential candidate Arnold Ziffel of Hooterville. My fellow Americans, I realize it’s been years since most […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

The bone keeper

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An early morning rain has made the earth soft. On days like this, Joanne Dickenson strolls through her back yard, searching for treasures revealed by the rain. She bends down and examines something, shifting her glasses from her neck to her nose. The bottoms of her white sneakers sink into […]

Clovis city workers to take weekend off

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Employees with the city of Clovis will take a much-deserved break from tornado cleanup efforts this weekend, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. Thomas made the announcement at two town hall meetings held Friday afternoon in Clovis. “The city will not be working this weekend,” Thomas said, “because they […]

Residents warned on asbestos risk

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An advocate for asbestos education said Friday eastern New Mexico residents should protect themselves against a cancer-causing material, asbestos, that could be released in the demolition of homes destroyed by tornadoes. “It’s important for people to understand when asbestos is disturbed … it becomes dangerous,” said Charles Perea, president and […]

Salvation army volunteers to ring this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

March 31, 2007 Tornado Notebook

Tornado victims (with damaged or demolished homes) who are seeking assistance need to go to the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in […]

History comes to life

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Speaker Van Ann Moore brought to life Carrie Wooster Tingley and Katherine Kennedy O’Conner to the delight of the audience during the seventh annual Women’s History Brunch and Exhibit on Friday at the Portales Public Library. Moore described the contributions and accomplishments of Tingley and O’Conner during the 1920s and […]