Fire officials: More grass fires expected

By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And more grass fires in the West Texas and eastern New Mexico area are expected […]

Cold, dry weather creates static problem

By Karl Terry It may be cold outside, but at least it’s a dry cold. That little summertime saying can be turned around by those of us in eastern New Mexico to create complete nonsense during the winter — unless you love the charge you get from static electricity. It’s been a really dry winter. […]

Historic springs

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By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Lighting sparks firefighters attention

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. […]

Forecast calls for bored weatherman

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, […]

Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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By William Thompson Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of weeks his crop will fail. Miller grows wheat and grazes cattle at his farm off state Highway 236, about 13 miles […]

Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]

News Briefs

Floyd News Transitions Birthdays: Dink Miller, Felecia Harvey. Upcoming events l Seniors will meet Thursday for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6pm and games begin at 7. l The Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Community Building. Please note their will be no meeting on July 3 due […]

May 25 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Hot and dry this week so far and there are no snow storms in sight, only a raging snow melt which has cause the river flow up in the mountains. Sure hope there are showers soon on our dry land farmers’ fields and grass. Wheat in the area looks pretty good and […]

Nov. 24 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael More rain the past couple days in the area. Mary Blakeley said it had rained all Sunday afternoon in the Rogers area. We need a few days of sunshine and dry days so harvests can be completed. Thanksgiving dinner Sunday the Baptist Church had its annual day of thanks to God for […]

‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ mentality needed for recent rain

By Helena Rodriguez How many of you actually got some of your “save it for a rainy day” things checked off your list during this week’s rainstorms? That’s a good way to know whether someone is sincere about doing something. Nothing like a little bit of rain to bring out the truth. And nothing like […]

June 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I’m sorry to say it’s still dry, dry, dry. There’s no forecast for any amount of measurable amount of rain. So I urge we all continue to pray for rain in abundance. School Update There is a new principal for the upcoming school year. He is Steve Barron, an Elida School graduate […]

June 2 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The area is still high and dry and still needing rain. The irrigation crops are looking good but as far as I know there have been some dry land crops planted. It is shocking how the wheat has dried in the past week. It looks dead ripe and ready for harvesting. It […]

May 19 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Young crops are coming up all over the irrigated area. The dry land wheat is showing stress from being so dry and hot the past two or so weeks. Merricks Hank and Marcella Merrick of Causey have a grandson in Iraq now. I was talking to Hank a few days ago and […]

In 2003, region had driest weather in more than 20 years

Michelle Seeber Sticky, hot and nasty. Those were the words U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Ramona Nutt of Clovis used to describe the weather during 2003, the driest year in the city since 1980. “It’s been weird weather for me, because it’s so dry,” Nutt said. “Last summer was unbearable.” Mail carriers were not the […]

Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s “Tornado Alley.” And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]