Police investigating auto thefts

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is investigating a string of thefts from unlocked vehicles, according to police. The thefts happened in residential areas from Sunday until the early Monday morning and right now, they don’t have any suspects, Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. “The biggest thing is lock the vehicles,” Berry said. “Always [...]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure [...]

Ag sense: Using winter supplementation program as a grazing management tool

By Manny Encinias Beef producers in the Southwest are commonly challenged to balance forage supply and demand on their grazing operations. While typically not documented, a tenured manager is always aware of the grazing use patterns within and across pastures on a ranch. Regardless of the year, most managers would like to get more grazing [...]

United Way short of fund goals

Freedom New Mexico With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used [...]

Increased BAH rates announced

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 6.9 percent in January to keep pace with local rental costs. The new BAH rates will pump an additional $1 billion into service member paychecks in 2009, raising total BAH [...]

Big cats likely prowl county

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Large predators, such as mountain lions, are moving from the mountains into the grassland and plains areas, according to New Mexico Game and Fish Department officials. A horse mauling this month offers evidence that the cats may be prowling eastern New Mexico. While there has been no reported sightings [...]

National Weather Service: severe weather potential today

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said there is potential for severe weather in eastern New Mexico this evening. The primary threat is thunderstorms that could produce large hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and areas of heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding, mainly along and east of a line from Colfax [...]

Snow to continue throughout day

Freedom New Mexico staff Snowfall is expected to continue over the region throughout the day Thursday with accumulations of between 3 and 5 inches possible in some areas, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. The weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. In the Clovis area, schools started on time but in [...]

Congressional candidate touts change

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don Wiviott, candidate for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional district, told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women on Monday he is capable of finding solutions to America’s problems and will actively work for change in government. “This is a year, honest to God, for change,” Wiviott said. “But if [...]

Officials seek safety for trick-or-treaters

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As night falls and trick-or-treaters begin to make the rounds, area officials are cautioning the public to keep an extra eye out for them. Extra patrols of law enforcement officers will be out during the evening, especially in higher traffic areas, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “They (drivers) [...]