Shooting should serve as wake up call

Freedom New Mexico Call it signs of the times. After news spread that a man armed with an automatic weapon had opened fire at the University of Texas at Austin campus, two other universities — Texas Tech in Lubbock and the UT Medical Branch in Galveston — canceled tests of emergency procedures designed to deal […]

Firefighters contain hay fire

PNT staff reports Portales and Floyd Fire Departments responded to a hay fire on Highway 236 at Anderson Dairy this morning at 8:30 a.m. No one was injured in the fire that burned 20 bales of hay, said Lt. Floyd Hancock. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but might be ruled as wet hay, […]

Clovis family loses home, possessions in fire

Freedom New Mexico A local family needs assistance after losing their home near Ranchvale and belongings in a fire Sept. 25, said Clovis Municipal Schools family specialist Joe Moreno. Moreno said James Mitchel and Kendra Colwell and their children, fifth-grader Baily Colwell, first-grader Michael Colwell and 4-year-old Anthony Colwell, need clothes, household goods, cooking utensils, […]

Fires gut police cars in storage

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Freedom New Mexico Fire of unknown origin gutted three police cruisers Friday at the Portales city storage yard, where the cars were being stripped and used for parts. The Portales Fire Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. when a passing motorist saw black smoke and called 911, according to Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said mechanics […]

Reunion — Sept. 5

Field reunion The 24th Biannual Field Reunion was held at the Field Fire Station at 1 p.m. Aug. 13. The business meeting began at 5 p.m. with Jacob Moberly acting as master of ceremonies. Jacob presented Dorothy Woods and Beatrice Hunt with gift cards for their work in getting the reunion together. Teachers present were […]

Military feature: Base, Clovis firefighters train in joint exercise at Cannon

Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis fire departments teamed up July 26 for their annual airplane fire response training at the base. The two-hour training exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for fire departments that serve airports, according to Clovis Fire Department Training Officer Rick Potter. “The easiest and the cheapest and […]

Reunion — Aug. 1

The Field Community Reunion is being held Aug. 13, 2010, at the Field Fire Station. Fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. The business meeting and program will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 6 p.m. for $7.50 each. Everyone who has lived or is now living in the Field community is invited […]

Firefighters investigating small fire at residence

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Portales Firefighters responded to a house fire at 720 South Dallas Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters had the small fire put out in a short time. The cause of the fire is under investigation and more information will be posted soon.

My turn: Fire dance leaves writer snake bitten

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Jared Tucker I seriously thought performing arts was the most boring thing in the world, until I saw the YouTube video of a young Portales woman playing with fire and hoola hoops. Come to find out, it wasn’t the first time she’s done it. Angela King, better known as Snake, has been dancing with fire […]

House fire ruled arson

PNT staff A house fire on Thursday at 1205 W. Ivy in Portales has been ruled arson, according to Investigator William Farmer of the State Fire Marshal’s Division. Farmer said the investigation is ongoing, and could not release any more information. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Division will release an official statement next week.

Friday morning briefing: Lucky hunters

Freedom New Mexico Good morning, and welcome to Friday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2010-2011 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing “lucky list” on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, according to a department news […]

House fire being investigated

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Smoke from a house fire filled the Portales sky on Thursday afternoon, and residents living in the house suspect arson. Lizbeth Balbuena, who lives in the home at 1205 W. Ivy with other family members, said a family dispute may have led to the fire. Police said no charges have been filed and fire officials […]

Fire officials using decals to warn motorists

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Portales Fire Department has new safety decals on two of its vehicles that firefighters say should make responding to emergencies much safer. The new decals are part of a campaign designed to create awareness about pulling to the right side of the street when emergency vehicles are approaching, […]

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long […]

Lightning strikes ignite fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer Firefighters in Roosevelt County had their hands full Monday afternoon with three fires officials said they believed were caused by lightning strikes. The first two fires ignited near Floyd and burned a combined 40 acres. The third and larger fire burned about 350 acres near Roosevelt roads 12 and […]

Grassfire threatening home

PNT Staff Reports A large grassfire near N.M. 206 and Roosevelt Road 12 has caused the evacuation of a home. An estimated 50-100 acres have been burned, according to fire officials. Portales, Dora, Arch, Elida, Causey and Floyd fire departments and the Roosevelt County Road Department have been called to fight the fire. There is […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

Roosevelt County sweeps EMS awards

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Floyd Fire Department and three Roosevelt County individuals won awards at the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Conference earlier this month in Ruidoso. Roosevelt County took all of the awards at the conference, which includes EMS providers from across eastern New Mexico. Colleen Tollett of Causey Fire Department […]

Engagements — May 9

Elrod-McElroy Darren Elrod and Jo Rheta McElroy are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-elect is a retiree and Portales resident. The prospective groom is a Portales resident currently employed as a paramedic/firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. on May 15, 2010, at the […]