Grass fire scorches prairie southeast of Portales

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PNT Staff Area fire fighters were able to put out a grass fire which traveled approximately five miles southeast of Portales on Sunday avoiding injuries and structure damages. Portales Fire Dept. Chief Raul Muniz said Portales fire fighters responded to the fire which started around 1 p.m. The fire took place eight miles southeast of […]

Sand dunes at Monahans a stopping place for centuries

Compiled by Kevin Wilson For more than 12,000 years, the sand dunes of Monahans, Texas, have been traveled through by man. For the Clovis/Portales resident, the dunes can be traveled to by present man in a car ride of about three hours. What is it? The park, according to its Web site, contains 3,840 acres […]

Campus museums offer area’s history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern If you’re tired of driving, try visiting one or all of these Portales museums. There are several museums on the grounds of the Eastern New Mexico University campus, including the Roosevelt County Museum, Miles Mineral Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Roosevelt County Museum has its own building, […]

Blackwater Draw offers history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a daytrip that is much closer to home and doesn’t require much more than 15 minutes of driving time, visit the Blackwater Draw Museum outside Portales. This museum was opened to the public in 1969 as a means of displaying artifacts found at the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site. These […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo on Nov. 5 and see the San Diego Ballet perform its version of “A Romantic Evening.” The performance is a night of contemporary dance set to the sounds of Arthur Murray, Nat King […]

Track meet scheduled for today

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Brian Stacy has mixed feelings about the relatively small number of teams competing in Clovis High’s cross country invitational, scheduled for this morning at Ned Houk Park. “On one hand, I wish we had two or three more teams and could make it a bigger field,” Stacy said. “On the […]

Rural Nevada town clings to its patriotism and its targeted Army depot

By Martin Griffith: The Associated Press HAWTHORNE, Nev. — For more than 50 years, this struggling desert town that proudly calls itself “America’s Patriotic Home” has held what’s billed as the nation’s biggest Armed Forces Day parade. Some 3,500 people turned out earlier this month for the celebration, complete with water fights, a watermelon eating […]

Feb. 23 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Beautiful days are here right now, but don’t go planting your garden just yet. Our farmers, however, are enjoying the moisture and are preparing for a good year of farming. New baby Johnny and Jennifer Inge are the parents of a new son. He has been named Gentry Taylor. He weighed 7 […]

More noise means more problems for farmers

By Tara May: PNT Correspondent ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including meetings […]

Cannon releases report regarding air space

By Ryan Lengerich The Air Force has released a report outlining the environmental consequences of a proposed air space expansion. The 421-page environmental impact statement outlines anticipated effects of Cannon Air Force Base’s New Mexico Training Range Initiative, which would expand military airspace to 3,300 square miles from 2,600 square miles. The proposed expansion would […]

Commissioner upset over road funding changes

By Tony Parra A rash of holiday crimes has the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies tracking down cases of burglary and forgery. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said during the Roosevelt County meeting on Tuesday that burglaries during the holiday season amounted to a loss of an excess of $32,000 in cash and property. Rick […]

Domenici promotes CAFB

By Mike Linn Congressman Pete Domenici on Tuesday lauded the importance of Cannon Air Force Base to America’s military operations and provided a short yet strong list of reasons the base should fare well in the upcoming Base Closure and Realignment process. The proximity of Melrose Bombing Range, good weather for flying, and quality airspace […]

Storm rips area

By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and the […]

PHS seniors take next step

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By Kevin Wilson Mark Gore’s trip to Greyhound Arena was just a few miles from his cottage at the Baptist Children’s home. What led him to the building, however, is part of a journey that has covered 18 years, two continents, thousands of miles and countless memories. The most recent memory was his graduation from […]

Area ranchers resist airspace expansion

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Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents on Monday night at a meeting scheduled to discuss proposed expansions to military airspace. The residents were worried the proposed changes would devalue their land; create increased noise over their ranches; allow for debris from flares and chaffs to land […]

Mailbox vandalism increases

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Mike Linn Roughly three miles south of Portales on New Mexico 206, a cluster of mailboxes look like they had a recent date with a Louisville Slugger. Two of the mailboxes were knocked clear off their post, and a few miles farther to the south one box was shattered to smithereens. Such vandalism to mailboxes […]

Dinosaurs once roamed near Clayton

Angela Peacock Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years ago, were […]

Wind sparks grass fire

By Mike Linn A squall of wind knocked the roof off a barn and into an electric power line near Floyd on Thursday afternoon, sparking a fierce fire in a wheat field that quickly spread over 250 acres of land. Nobody was injured in the fire, and monetary damages to crop land was slim if […]