My turn: Don’t go to ancient rain god production without umbrella

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist When I lived in Abilene, Texas, a fanatical preacher wrongly predicted a seven-year drought during a desperate dry spell like we’re experiencing this heated summer. At the risk of sounding not-as-fanatical, I predict a major quenching over our Llano Estacado during fair week. Never fails. I don’t recommend a do-it-yourself […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Drought conditions tough on farmers

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Argen Duncan Drought is making this year more difficult for area farmers and ranchers, and they say federal aid programs are little help. Dry weather is causing increased input costs and low crop yields, while high fuel prices add to the trouble. Gene Massey, who grows dryland milo and wheat near Rogers, said the drought […]

Rain snaps 4-month dry spell

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Sharna Johnson A welcome relief but still not enough, eastern New Mexico received its largest amount of moisture in four months on Thursday night. A storm that swept through the area brought with it much-needed rain through the evening hours but the dry ground just soaked it all up, said Curry County Extension Agent Stan […]

Dry weather plagues counties

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Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these last six month: Dry. Bone dry, say officials who keep track. The National Weather Service said New Mexico average precipitation for March was ranked as the third driest since 1895, when they started keeping count. The weather service reports from October through March, Clovis received […]

Plains Indian resident predicts dry spring season

Freedom New Mexico Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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By Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two counties are suffering a dry season. Farmers said only wheat crops have suffered badly from this winter’s dry spell. According […]

Fishing report – Oct. 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 20, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron […]

Fishing report – Sept. 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 28, 2010 NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron […]

Lubbock wet-dry election set for Saturday

LUBBOCK (AP) — When prohibition was lifted way back in 1933, Texas was a little slow to catch on. It wasn’t until two years later when the state finally repealed its own alcohol ban, and even then Texas allowed local governments to remain booze-free. While many areas to this day remain dry, on Saturday the […]

April 18, 1981

A rain that brought a third of an inch of moisture to Portales and more in other parts of the county did not come in time to save the area wheat and rangeland from damages from the dry winter and spring filled with devastating wind storms. The News-Tribune reported that Elida was the only area […]

Officials: Grass fire should serve as warning sign

Freedom New Mexico Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland northwest of Melrose, […]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grassfire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass from […]

Feb. 3, 1949

Local pastors asked their congregations to protest proposed legislation that would repeal the state local option liquor law and any measure that would legalize gambling. Roosevelt County had voted to stay dry when the issue was brought up years before, making it and Curry County the only dry counties in the state. Curry County originally […]

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered normal precipitation this winter. In the fall, […]

Elida rancher has multiple successes as angus breeder

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Blow-drying cattle hair is proving a productive use of time for one Elida rancher. To stimulate hair growth in his registered Angus show cattle, Greg Smith or one of his few employees rinse and blow dry the animals daily. The result: Other than some really good-looking if not well-coiffed […]

Dry cleaner’s mother worked in the business

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By Blake Downs: PNT Staff Writer

Conservationist discusses playa lakes

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Playa lakes, while a difficulty in farming, help recharge the aquifer under Roosevelt County and provide important habitat for wildlife, according to a professional conservationist. Joe Whitehead, an area resource conservationist with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service in Clovis, spoke about playa lakes, depressions that catch water when […]

City, water co-op seek voluntary conservation

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales and Roosevelt County Water Cooperative are asking customers to voluntarily conserve water through an odd-even watering schedule. City officials say customers seem to be using more water because of the hot, dry windy weather, trying to keep their yards green. “When everybody decides to water […]

Turning the page on another life chapter

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer My pen runneth dry. This is the part of the movie where we each go our separate ways and the little blurry words, too small to read, come down the screen, along with notes of thanks to people too numerous to name while my many bloopers roll in the […]