Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a [...]

Fire near Milnesand contained

PNT staff report Fire burned an estimated 2,596 acres Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Road 35 and Highway 206 near Milnesand, but was contained on Roosevelt Road 35 within half a mile of Roosevelt Road M. “Our main concern was keeping it from Road 33 because there were two structures over there,” said Milnesand Fire Chief [...]

Wildfire burns almost 25,000 acres

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Alisa Boswell A fire, which broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon, burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one [...]

Wildfires burning near Milnesand, Tucumcari

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico are battling a wind-whipped grass fire near Tatum but have another blaze near Tucumcari 95 percent contained. The so-called Kizer 5 fire has burned an estimated 5,000 acres of state and private land about 15 miles north of Tatum. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says about six [...]

Grass fire burns over 3,000 acres

Thirty fire department units, and 60 personnel, responded to a grass fire 20 miles south of Elida and 15 miles west of Milnesand on Sunday morning. According to Elida Fire Department Chief Rusty Cater and Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon, fire units from Arch, Milnesand, Elida, Causey, Dora, Floyd, Portales, Melrose and Tatum responded [...]

Commissioners reject Milnesand center

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has declined to accept ownership of the Milnesand Community Center. Commissioners voted unanimously on the issue at their meeting Tuesday morning in the county courthouse. Members of the Milnesand community had asked the county to take ownership of the center so the county would pay [...]

Poster contest promotes Prairie Chicken Festival

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to show off their work, too. The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with [...]

July 2, 2008 Local Briefs

ENMU-Roswell honors presidentEastern New Mexico University-Roswell is hosting a retirement reception for Judy Armstrong, who is retiring as president of the campus, from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building in Roswell. The public is welcome.Milnesand plans Sunday reunionThe Milnesand Community Reunion will be held Sunday at the Milnesand Community Building.Registration begins at 9 [...]

Prairie Chickens take stage

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed anticipation for a look at the first lesser prairie chicken of the day. “I think they’re still asleep,” one voice from the darkened passenger van spoke up. A few minutes later a cackle [...]

Determination leads to development

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With determination and money from his own pocket, Elton Parkinson set out in 1979 to establish and build a fire department for the Milnesand community. “We were so far down here we were kind of unprotected,” Parkinson said of the decision to start the department. Since the inception of the [...]