Local Briefs March 6

Senior transportation services hearing set There will be an older Americans Act Services Public Hearing regarding senior transportation services provided by the city of Portales Senior Citizens Center at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Portales Senior Citizens Center. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the services currently provided. Dairy Disaster […]

Ag Expo dedicated to former chair

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Chester Harth dedicated himself to agriculture and the New Mexico Ag Expo, say his friends. For that reason, this year’s event that starts Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds is dedicated to his memory. Harth died last year, a few months after chairing the Ag Expo for the second […]

Sorting makes scrapping easier

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making plaster mosaic frames, power sorting, and incorporating dairy products in the diet will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Author and designer, Kristin Peck, will show how easy it is to make plaster mosaic frames. She has ideas […]

12-2 Local Briefs

Dairy disaster aid sign-ups set Eligible dairy producers can sign up for the Dairy Disaster Assistance Program (DDAP-III) at local USDA Farm Service Agency service centers beginning Monday. The $16 million DDAP-III is aimed to help dairy producers recover production losses resulting from a variety of adverse weather conditions from Jan. 1, 2005 to Feb. […]

Petitioners ask commissioners to consider road proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A petition to open a county road from N.M. 202 to County Line Road was presented Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners. The petition seeks to have the county take over maintenance of the private road, which runs approximately three miles through the sandhills from N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road) to […]

Hay fire erupts at Roosevelt County dairy

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from multiple area departments were on the scene Friday night fighting a hay fire at Grande Vida Dairy, approximately nine miles east of Portales. As darkness fell flames could be seen by motorists traveling U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill his department […]

Alltech coming to area

Alltech, an international biotechnology company that manufactures organic animal food supplements, will set up a new base east of Clovis. The company bought a 240-acre site that used to house an ethanol plant north of U.S. 60-70-84. Plans include a sales office, warehouse and production facility. “It’s the center of the dairy industry for the […]

Clovis Science Center field day set for Tuesday

Freedom Newspapers The annual field day for New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Tuesday will highlight crop research and dairy production relating to New Mexico, according to an NMSU news release. The program will include a rolling tour of crop research projects being conducted at the center, followed by breakout sessions to […]

Bovine tuberculosis confirmed at dairy

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico state veterinarian Dr. David Fly confirmed bovine tuberculosis was found in a herd in a Curry County dairy outside the zone where TB was detected three years ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits cattle from being moved in or out of the zone, which includes parts of Curry and Roosevelt […]

Farm bill gets Friday focus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., stepped outside her district Friday to gain some perspective on agriculture across the state in preparation for upcoming debate over a new Farm Bill in Congress. Wilson said she had relied on the late Rep. Joe Skeen for that perspective in the past, but […]

DairyFest celebrates industry

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Angelica Martinez aimed her lasso carefully before throwing it this time. The 6-year-old’s family cheered as she finally caught the elusive plastic calf. The United Dairy Women held their second annual DairyFest Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. About 50 booths lined the center’s parking lot offering games and information […]

Citizens air concerns over lagoon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Emotions were running high Thursday evening as residents filled the Memorial Building to participate in a public hearing on operation of a sewer lagoon at dairy just south of Portales. The New Mexico Environment Department hearing was called by Environment Secretary Ron Curry after response, including a petition with […]

Lagoon permit hearing set for today

PNT Staff Report A public hearing on a groundwater discharge permit for a Roosevelt County dairy is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Memorial Building, according to a press release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The hearing, originally scheduled for May 10, was postponed to allow the public more time to participate, according […]

Kids get cow know-how

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County Fairgrounds Tuesday and Wednesday for Kids, Kows and More. Approximately 1,000 area fourth-graders attended the annual program, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, which is designed to acquaint the students with production agriculture. Children and teachers trudged through muddy walkways […]

Dairy worker killed in vehicle rollover

Freedom Newspapers A 25-year-old Portales dairy worker died in the early morning hours Friday after his pickup truck rolled over on State Road 206 about seven miles south of Portales, according to officials. Javier H. Ramirez was traveling south shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control of his truck attempting to pass another vehicle, […]

Commission discusses, stops short of action, on dairy zoning

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly discussed zoning that could allow for control of where dairies and other businesses locate to mitigate nuisances such as odor and insects. They quickly backed away from the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday. The issue has come to light recently with the aid of […]

Regents address noxious odors

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University Regents unanimously approved a resolution Friday addressing noxious odors from outside the campus. The vote, which drew a packed house, clears the way for the university’s administration to speak up on behalf of the school at a New Mexico Environment Department public hearing on a […]

Sale benefits dairy destroyed by tornado

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Continuing to feel the outpouring of support from the community, Mike and Cindy Mitchell stepped into the sale ring at Portales Livestock for a $136,375 check. The check was the result of a benefit sale sponsored by Portales Livestock owner Randy Bouldin to help the couple. The Mitchell’s business, […]

Dairy owners ask county to take road

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Owners of a Roosevelt County dairy destroyed by a tornado March 23 appealed to Roosevelt County commissioners to take over maintenance of and improve the road that serves the dairy because of safety concerns. Mike and Cindy Mitchell, managing partners of Grande Vida dairy, told commissioners that with the […]

DFA closes area plant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor LOVINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America announced Wednesday it would shut down its cheese plant in Lovington and layoff its 61 employees there. It was unclear what if any direct effect the plant’s closing might have on operations at Curry County cheese plant Southwest Cheese, where permit applications to […]