Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Portales past: June 2, 1955

June 2, 1955: Area farmers formed groups to begin battling a grasshopper invasion. About 90,000 acres of croplands were in danger, officials said, with cost to poison the hoppers estimated at 20 cents per acre.

Portales house fire put out

PNT Staff Reports Portales firefighters extinguished a burning garage on Taos Court in the U.S. Air Force 801 housing area Friday night. Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the occupants of the house were home but able to escape and no one was injured. About 11 p.m., investigators were still trying to determine the cause of […]

Nobody hurt in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

Portales fire guts downtown warehouse, Dollar General

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A fire with an unknown cause destroyed two buildings on Avenue C and led to the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses Friday. No injuries were reported. The flames burned a warehouse at Trader Horn’s True Value and Dollar General Store next door, and people were evacuated after the […]

Grass fire burns 300 acres of pastureland in Melrose

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire about five miles northwest of Melrose consumed about 300 acres of pastureland Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. The fire started about 7 p.m. between Curry roads 14 and 15 about a mile and a half west of New Mexico 268, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Firefighters […]

Battling depression not uncommon

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I’ ve tried writing this column many times. I really wanted to come up with something clever to say, or a comment about all that’s going on. But I find myself unable to. I ran through my list of controversial topics to discuss, but even in my present state, […]

Dora student battling cancer

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A Dora student’s fight against cancer received a boost with his father’s return from active duty in Afghanistan recently. Eight year-old Lance Fletcher of Dora was diagnosed earlier this summer with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. He has been receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in […]