Tornado aftermath still lingers

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jim Blevins refers to his home and neighborhood as ground zero. The tornado that ripped through it is three years gone. The daily reminders aren’t. Jim and Iris Blevins’ home on South Prince Street was in the path of the March 23, 2007, tornado that killed two — Jim’s […]

Press release: State Engineer closes Curry-Portales basins to new groundwater appropriations

The State Engineer has issued an order closing the High Plains aquifer in Curry-Portales Underground Water Basins (CPUWBs) to the filing of applications for new appropriations of ground water.

May 6, 1963

The wife of Dora farmer Kenneth Victor told the Portales-News Tribune that the recent hailstorm that covered the ground with golf ball-sized hailstones had destroyed 75 percent of her husband’s crop. The storm dropped more than an inch of moisture throughout Roosevelt County.

Baloney, styrofoam good middle ground

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist We were having friends over for a barbecue last August. As we planned the menu, my wife said, “Oh, Mike’s daughter is a vegetarian! We’ll need to make her a separate meal.” “Just make her a turkey sandwich,” I suggested. “No, I’m serious, she said. “We’ve got to make her […]

Living in harmony with toad frogs

Karl Terry Suddenly the ground was moving and I jumped like I’d just stepped on a snake. I moved the hose to redirect the stream of water I had trained on the ground around the tomato plants as a pair of eyes appeared in the soil. The toads were back. A year or so ago […]

Police issue warrant for shooting suspect

Freedom New Mexico A warrant was issued Thursday for a Clovis man charged with shooting at his neighbor during a dispute, court records show. Tranell Pleasant, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a crime. Police responded to the 800 block of Sheldon Street around noon Wednesday for report […]

Local Briefs March 19, 2008

Former NFL player at PHS A retired New York Giant will walk through Portales to help raise money for seriously ill Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. On “a Journey for 9/11” George Martin, a defensive star and co-captain in Super Bowl XXI (1986), is on a 3,500-plus mile trek to raise money for the […]

Country full of hallowed ground

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hallowed ground, a place to reflect on the world, has always been a mountain stream or river for me. I can lose myself in my own thoughts and concentrate on the most important things in my life, God, family, career and health while wading in a trout stream. Recently […]

Standing your ground worth the fight

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist She came out of nowhere, this little game hen, and bravely took up residence in our back yard. She knew that “Bear,” my husband’s big Rottweiler, was there. Despite the dog’s menacing bark and vicious demeanor, the little hen took her chances. Several times we came to the rescue by […]

Grasshopper plague struck 1913 Elida

Editor’s note: Elida celebrates its centennial this Saturday and Sunday as a part of its coverage of the event, the PNT is revisiting historical happening in the community. The sandhills west of Elida are a long way from Egypt, but in 1913 homesteaders there felt like they had stepped into a biblical plague. Newspaper accounts […]