City uncertain when Greene Acres Lake will reopen

Freedom New Mexico Greene Acres Lake continues to be closed to the public and city officials are unsure of when it will reopen. Interim Parks and Recreation Director and Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the lake is being tested regularly for elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria. High levels of the bacteria were discovered […]

Power outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated 1,800 Portales residents woke to cold and dark homes after a power outage early Saturday morning. Xcel Energy crews had restored power to most homes by 5 p.m. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation overload cut off power about 3 a.m. and repair crews had to […]

Business receives award

Freedom New Mexico Plains Farm and Ranch of Portales has received a Golden Achievement Award from Golden Acres Genetics seed company, according to a news release from the company. The annual awards recognize Golden Acres “resellers” who made significant contributions to the yearly sales effort. In the press release, Golden Acres President Lou Buice praised […]

Breastfeeding event scheduled

Women and babies will gather at sites around the world for the Ninth annual Breastfeeding Challenge 11 a.m. Saturday. Clovis mothers will gather at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. Mothers and children at sites across Canada, the U.S. and other countries will compete to set the record for the most children breastfeeding at one time. […]

Club Notes Nov. 2

RGH Auxiliary The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met Sept. 14 at Golden Acres with 36 members attending. Steve North from the District Attorney’s office spoke about the Newman Project. Some members signed up to have their homes evaluated for safety.Hour bars were presented to Mary Kay Kalin for 100 hours; to Carl Britton Sr., Billie […]

Homesteaders were a sturdy bunch

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist It amazes me what folks who homesteaded this part of the country were willing to endure just to get title to 160 acres of sand and rattlesnakes. For a long time now I’ve intended to read the book “Six Miles to the Windmill” by J.G. Greaves, former editor of the […]

County peanut acreage in decline

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By Blake Downs: PNT Correspondent Roosevelt County is losing significant peanut acreage to West Texas and the growth of the dairy industry, according to local farmers and agricultural officials. The number of acres of peanuts planted in Roosevelt County has dropped from 17,000 in 2000 to 5,700 in 2007, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Feds open grassland for haying, grazing

Staff and Wire Reports The federal government is making it cheaper for ranchers to use about 209,000 acres of protected land in Curry County for grazing and haying this year. Federal Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said Tuesday that high crop prices and tight food supplies have increased the demand for farm land. The livestock industry […]

History of peanuts in area illustrated by equipment

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Relics from another era in Roosevelt County agriculture were stopping lots of people and causing many to reminisce about peanut harvests gone by Tuesday at the 16th annual Ag Expo. Dennis Harper of Portales is displaying antique peanut diggers and threshers at this year’s Expo. The display is a […]

August 12, 1982

• Portales Police released composite drawings of three suspects that had swindled $8,000 from an elderly Portales resident during a crooked card game. • A half-dozen carnations were on special at the Butterfly Floral for $5 boxed and $6.25 arranged. • Portales Realty advertised five acres with full water rights for $7,500.

July 8, 1982

• Portales Police Department officials seized four ounces of marijuana and a sawed off shotgun at a residence on North Avenue K during an early morning raid. • Members of the Portales School Board and school officials ceremoniously lit a $5,000 bond that was one of 187 bonds that the school was able to pay […]

Officials embrace arrival of new mission

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations Command. Leaders commented in a public hearing held at Clovis Community College. The Air Force hosted the meeting to gather input on the environmental impact of the […]

United Way sets event

What: United Way of Eastern New Mexico Day of Caring When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Greene Acres Park Why: To provide local organizations with volunteer assistance while promoting the spirit of caring throughout the community. Overview: United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the Big Brothers Big […]

Fire burns 4,500 acres near Floyd

A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been almost a […]

County filled with fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt […]

CRP changes affect 45,433 acres in Roosevelt County

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents rely on the agricultural economy and sometimes news from the United States Department of Agriculture means bad news for county farmers with farm land in the Conservation Reserve Program. James Bostwick, chairman of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency committee, said this announcement will hit farmers in eastern New […]

Hail takes toll on cotton crop

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in West Texas over the last week, according to area cotton farmers. Todd Lingnau said out of the 1,500 acres he has planted, 120 of them will make a decent harvest — that’s because they were in […]

Lyons talks wind in Elida

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — Patrick Lyons says he is proud to have a chance to give back to the area he grew up in. The House rancher and 1972 Clovis High graduate paid a visit to Elida on Wednesday, with the intent of speaking about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant, […]

Golden Acres celebrating 25 years

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Mike Linn Four ladies enthusiastically eyed their dominoes on Monday afternoon at the Golden Acres community room. A fly swatter, or “a weapon,” rested at the table on which they play. Behind them were two walkers Golden Acres resident Thelma Chambers jokingly referred to as “our Cadillacs.” The reality of their gaming oasis was merely […]

Citites plan party for troops

Portales and Clovis residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]