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 […]

Vehicles spark grass fires

Freedom New Mexico Two vehicle fires sparked grass fires on Saturday. The first vehicle fire happened in the 200 block of N.M. 267 northwest of the Portales Livestock Auction house at 10:09 a.m., said Portales Battalion Chief Mike Golden. Golden said the vehicle simultaneously started a small grass fire that burned less than an acre. […]

Texas Tech fires football coach Leach

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Texas Tech fired coach Mike Leach on Wednesday, just two days after he was suspended by the school as it investigated his treatment of a player with a concussion. The school handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, just minutes before the two sides were to appear in […]

Lightning strikes spark fires

Freedom New Mexico A late-morning thunderstorm and lightning strikes kept Portales firefighters busy Wednesday. Lightning sparked seven grass fires in parts mostly to the south and east of Portales, according to Fire Chief John Bridges. The biggest was a blaze over approximately 150 to 200 acres south of Arch. All of the fires were extinguished […]

Portales seeks outside investigators’ help on local fires

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The State Fire Marshal’s Division is investigating three commercial fires in Portales that occurred over a 10-day period at the request of local authorities. The latest was Sunday afternoon at Portales Valley Mills. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Sunday’s fire appeared to have started on the second floor […]

Burn ban, trash ordinance up for discussion

PNT staff Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to vote today on whether to ban outside fires. The commission meets 9 a.m. today at the county courthouse. Commissioner Gene Creighton, who introduced the subject at the last meeting, said the commission would repeal the ban when they believe the moisture and wind conditions are no longer […]

On the Mound

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Red Sox pitcher Jaret Faust fires a pitch to the plate in the last inning of a game Wednesday with the Dodgers. The Red Sox won the game 17-1. The league tournament is this weekend with all-star selections announced next week.

Lightning sparks grass fires

PNT Staff Report According to Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger, area fire departments were kept busy Monday night and early Tuesday morning with several grass fires sparked by lightning as a storm moved across the county south of Portales. The largest of those fires was reported around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday on Roosevelt Road […]

Cruickshank fires fourth Zia no-hitter

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank threw what is believed to be the fourth no-hitter in Eastern New Mexico University softball history Saturday as the Zias blanked New Mexico Highlands 9-0 in the Bronze Bracket championship game of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. ENMU (13-8) beat defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City […]