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 […]

Student records available

Freedom New Mexico Former Portales Municipal Schools students who were born in 1987 and received special education services from the district may come by the Special Student Services Office to pick up their records. Any records that are not given to the student will be destroyed after June 16, according to information from district administration. […]

Fire destroys dairy building

PNT Staff Report A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a building used to store dry milk at Western Star Dairy near Floyd. No one was injured. Floyd Fire Department Lt. Steven Cain said Thursday night the 40-foot-by-40-foot shop was a total loss. According to Cain: • the cause of the fire was still under investigation. • […]

May 6, 1963

The wife of Dora farmer Kenneth Victor told the Portales-News Tribune that the recent hailstorm that covered the ground with golf ball-sized hailstones had destroyed 75 percent of her husband’s crop. The storm dropped more than an inch of moisture throughout Roosevelt County.

July 31, 1960

• A cotton crop at Elida was destroyed by a fast moving storm that hit the area. The hail, beating down hard and quick, beat the bolls from the crop. The storm also dumped one and one-half inches of rain on the crop. The storm virtually destroyed any chances of harvesting the cotton. • Tall […]

Destructive fires historic problem for Elida

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elida has had more than its share of trouble with disastrous fires during its century of existence. But in the early days residents kept rebuilding. Within a little over a year of the town’s incorporation on July 3, 1907 fires had pretty much destroyed the simple plank buildings on […]

Starting over at Christmas time

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Fires have destroyed their homes but not their spirits as two Roosevelt County families start from scratch this holiday season with an optimistic attitude. L.A. Davis and his family of Floyd will spend their first Christmas without a home after the Floyd fire on Nov. 30 burned everything to the […]

Floyd residents ponder how to recover livelihood

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — A fire that ripped through the Floyd area last week destroyed more than fences and grassland; it destroyed livelihoods, according to landowners. Floyd area landowners met with Cannon Air Force Base officials and agricultural extension agents Friday during an informational meeting at the Floyd Community Center. Farmers and […]

Husband rescues

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to Portales Fire […]