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 […]