Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Honors —

Ritch Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Pat Ritch as auxilian of the month for February. Ritch joined the auxiliary in January 2008. She volunteers in the gift shop.

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s insurance. “When […]

Toothy teachings

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USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom Staff Sgt. Stacy Groves, 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron, gets a thumbs up from Dalton McDonald during a game Feb. 9. Airmen from the Cannon Air Force Base dental clinic used games, flashcards and demonstrations to promote good dental health practices at the child development centers on base. February is […]

Feb. 15 — Elida news

Schedule February 14: Clovis Christian, T, JH G 7th, JH B, 4 p.m. (make-up game) February 17: San Jon, H, V G&B, 5:30 February 19: Roy, H, 7th G, JH B, V G&B, 1 p.m.

February can bring coldest weather

By Jim Robinson: Meteorological Technician, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron February precipitation events can be rain or snow (and sometimes both at the same time), and are generally created by broad synoptic storm systems. The average February is characterized by about three or four strong cold fronts during the month. The strongest cold fronts often […]

Cannon observes dental health month

By Capt Mike Hoge, D.M.D. and Staff Sgt. Stacy Groves RDH: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? […]

School board positions to be filled by February

Superintendent Randy Fowler said four Portales school board positions will be filled in a Feb. 1 election. Candidates have one day to file — Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office.

Portales past: Sept. 27, 1945

Portales Daily News: Fred Otto, Lowell Harp, Price Gandy, Henry Wright, Ralph Newman, Aaron Alston and Wilburn Welch, who left Roosevelt County in in February 1941, along with all the 45th Division, received their discharges at Fort Bliss and have come home.

My turn: Serious anglers find ways to fish

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Clarence Plank Avid anglers go through some serious effort when it comes to catching that prize-winning fish for their next meal. Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder is one serious angler. When Kryder went to Oasis State Park in February, she found the pond covered with more than an inch of ice except for a […]

Experts: Milk industry financial troubles causing unemployment jump

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials say financial ripples in the milk industry are the major reason unemployment has jumped across Curry and Roosevelt counties. Those same officials believe it will be short lived as the industry emerges from its economic difficulty. The latest data released Thursday shows in February, unemployment in Roosevelt […]

Free hearing screenings scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Speech and Hearing Clinic is set to conduct free hearing screenings for children and adults during February, March and April. Sessions are by appointment. Information and appointments: 562-2156.

Dental health tips offered

By Capt (Dr.) Mike Hoge: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to the National Institute of […]

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, […]

Airmen play vital role in historic launch

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airmen with the 73rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit stand in front of a MC-130W Combat Spear March 2. In early February the unit helped to launch a “black letter initial,” which means that the aircraft was launched with zero discrepancies By 1st Lt. Matthew Speed: 27th SOAMS February 4, […]

March 6, Honors

February’s Diamond Sharp Award winners were: • Senior Airman Lester Powell, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron • Airman 1st Class Michael Sheppard, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron • Airman 1st Class Jacob Tackett, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron. The airmen received their awards on Feb. 27 at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility for […]

Museum offers free visits

Residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties receive free admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque during February. Proof of residency is required. Also, on Feb. 10, everyone is admitted free of charge. Admission to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium costs the regular amount in both of the […]

Candidates sign up for school board elections

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There are two contested races for February’s Roosevelt County school board elections — both in Elida. Dora and Floyd each have three candidates running unopposed, while Portales has two incumbents running unopposed, board president Alan Garrett and David Brooks. In Elida, incumbent Scott Burton faces a challenge for his […]

Oasis will remain dry until February

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer New Mexico State Parks officials hope to have the fishing pond at Oasis State Park fixed by early next year. The three-acre pond has been closed since February when park officials drained it after discovering a leak, according to Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary. The state parks department […]

Looking back

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer EDITOR’S NOTE — The following is the first in a three-part series taking a look at major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This first installment looks at January, February, March and April. In 2006, news in Roosevelt County was shaped by a bursting dairy industry, […]