Grass fire ignites Wednesday

Staff and Wire Reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on [...]

Treaty to reduce greenhouse gases flops throughout Europe

Freedom Newspapers The United States is often portrayed as an ecological villain for declining to sign the fabled Kyoto treaty on climate change and greenhouse gases. But a British think tank reports that Britain and Sweden are the only countries in Europe that have met their commitment under the treaty to cut their emissions of [...]

Arranging flowers, fitting patterns on Creative Living

Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on arranging fresh cut flowers and fitting patterns will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Jill Slater is with the California Cut Flower Commission located in Watsonville, [...]

Recycle for environment, save some money

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Every day we are buried in an avalanche of paper. We live with computer printed “hard copy,” receipts from gasoline pumps and ATMs, unwanted special offers courtesy of the United States Postal Service, paper towels, paper plates, paper coffee filters, and enough other paper whatevers to fill the Grand Canyon and [...]

Oct. 5 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael: PNT Correspondent Hurricane helpers Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative has some linemen in south Texas doing repairs caused by Hurricane Rita. Some have been there several days and will be home this week. Another crew is planning on leaving on Thursday and will be there approximately 10 days. Child care trailer The Dora [...]

Watch new shows for frames and flowers

Sheryl Borden: Local Columnist Information on creating a quick and easy picture frame, how to keep cut flowers fresh longer and making healthy snacks will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from [...]

Trees can be festive, but beware of fire

By David Irvin The Christmas tree is a venerated and respected symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be a fire hazard, officials say. Local fire departments are spending time and energy to inform those decorating for the holidays [...]

House helps curb 135-mile rule cuts

David Arkin Things are looking up — by about $70,000 — for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s most important programs. The House’s budget package, which was approved earlier this week, restores about $400,000 for the 135-mile program. That money would be dispersed among schools that utilize the program. ENMU’s share of that pie would [...]

City threatens to cut off nursing home’s water

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By Mike Linn The city of Portales may soon cut off the water to a nursing home unless an overdue bill totaling more than $10,000 is paid. Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr sent a letter dated June 5 to Heartland Continuing Care Center explaining that the water debt is $10,760.87. The letter said if the [...]