At least one ‘small’ tornado spotted in Curry County

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Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County had two tornado warnings during Tuesday’s storms, but no twisters or major damage was reported. “Nothing really developed out of either warning … I think we’re OK right now,” said local Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger. During the afternoon, Milnesand had lightning and a grassfire of less than an acre [...]

Portales Past: May 29, 1945

May 29, 1945: Military and civilian personnel at Clovis Army Air Field were cutting back on cigarettes. A more-stringent War Department system was going into effect that would cut the cigarette supply in half.

Press Release: Boil water advisory remains in effect at Cannon AFB

Santa Fe, NM –The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau has issued a “boil water advisory” for Cannon Air Force Base. NMED issued the advisory on April 21 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the Cannon AFB. NMED requires Cannon to notify [...]

Area under red flag warning

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning is in effect for eastern New Mexico Tuesday. Relative humidity is 15 percent or lower with sustained winds of 20 miles per hour, with the National Weather Service warning of fire danger. A release from the NWS said winds will be strong enough to lift loose objects and [...]

New fishing rule changes take effect

The next New Mexico fishing license year began Thursday. Three rule changes you might want to know about are: • The length of the Special Trout Water on the upper Pecos River has been reduced by about half a mile. • The bag limit on striped bass has been decreased to two fish. • Unlimited [...]

Press Release: Winter storm advisory

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON MST THURSDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON MST THURSDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 4 INCHES OF WET SNOW IS EXPECTED. * TIMING…A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS [...]

Fed decision to allow trade long overdue

Freedom New Mexico The federal government has prompted yet another delay in the implementation of a NAFTA provision that allows Mexican truckers to bring cargo from that country to U.S. markets. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, that provision should have gone into effect on Jan. 1, 1995 — more than 14 years ago. [...]

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, [...]

Little effect from food labeling

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Almost two months into the use of country of origin labeling for a variety of raw foods, producers and stores are seeing small effects. March 16, federally mandated rules went into effect to require that numerous foods must be labeled with country of origin. Included on the list are [...]

Local dealerships unsure of Chrysler bankruptcy effect

Freedom New Mexico Local Chrysler dealerships say they don’t know what, if any, effect the corporation’s bankruptcy filing will have. Chrysler, the nation’s third-largest car manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday after a group of creditors defied government pressure to wipe out the automaker’s debt. The company plans to emerge in as little as 30 [...]