Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley barely peeks out above his steer’s woolly body. But the 10-year-old Parmer County boy had little trouble Saturday leading his 1,200-pound project around the show floor behind the Farwell Community Center. Heath was among the dozens of Farwell FFA and 4-H members showing […]