Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Greyhounds postpone Tuesday game at N.M. Highlands

Eastern New Mexico has postponed its baseball game scheduled for Tuesday at New Mexico Highlands. The scheduled change was made due to a weather advisory calling for southwest winds between 30 and 45 mph and gusts between 55 and 70 mph. No makeup date has been scheduled. The Greyhounds return to action Friday at East […]

NWS issues red flag fire warning

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire warning most of today Friday for eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for Curry County. The red flag warning is in effect from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to the release, […]

High wind warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag warning, which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected along I-40 from Clines Corners to Santa Rosa. Critical fire weather […]

Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during the […]

Clovis police officer indicted for vehicular homicide

Sharna Johnson A Curry County grand jury late Friday indicted Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by a motor vehicle. Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted on both third-degree felony counts, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

911 recordings released

Freedom New Mexico The following link is to emergency dispatch recordings of 911 calls to the Clovis Police Department the night of a Nov. 17 fatal accident involving officer Stephen Gallegos. Police say Gallegos was traveling 56 mph in a 35 mph zone and ran a stop sign at Grand and Sycamore, striking a pickup […]

Winds cause damage throughout area

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Winds peaking at speeds of around 60 mph caused damage around Portales on Monday morning, but slowed in the afternoon. Brent Wachter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said winds at Cannon Air Force Base peaked at 59 mph, while the Clovis weather station registered a […]

Winter storm causes minor problems

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The winter storm that blew into eastern New Mexico on Friday caused minor problems in Roosevelt and Curry Counties, but left a number of travelers stranded in Tucumcari. The storm moved from Western Canada to the Four Corners, across New Mexico and into the Texas Panhandle, bringing high winds […]

Speed limit changes for Perimeter Road

By: 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron The speed limit on base has changed at three different locations along the south end of Perimeter Road near the Portales Gate. The first is located upon entering the Portales Gate and traveling toward the Caprock Inn. While approaching the right hand turn running adjacent to Curry County […]

Red flag warning issued for area

Freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for southeastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt counties, from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Strong winds and low humidity are expected, leading to high fire danger, according to the NWS. The NWS also has […]

Rules of the road

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis and Portales police officials said area drivers have lost their awareness of the rules of the road. “I try to correct (the loss of the rules) when I can,” said Roland Kroeger, master patrol officer with the Clovis Police Department. “When I stop you, it’s usually for a safety […]

Caution urged on area roads

PNT Staff Officials were urging caution on eastern New Mexico roads this morning due to overnight snowfall. A winter weather advisory ended at 6 a.m, but weather forecasters warned blowing snow and fog would continue late into the morning. Winds were expected in the 15-to-25 mph range, with gusts to 35 mph. Wind-chill factors will […]

Severe storms predicted for today

Freedom Newspapers Far eastern New Mexico along the Texas border from Clayton to Hobbs could be at risk this afternoon for a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak, according to the National Weather Service. The Storm Prediction Center posted a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today in the eastern New Mexico area, with a moderate risk for […]

Clovis tornado measures EF2 on scale

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are using an “Enhanced Fujita Scale,” or the EF, to categorize the strength of Friday’s tornadoes. The scale ranges from EF0 — winds 65 mph to 85 mph — to EF5, or winds in excess of 200 mph. Officials estimated Friday’s Clovis […]

Winter weather woes

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Stormy conditions caused some problems for Portales and Roosevelt County as a winter storm that produced ice, rain, lightning, two inches of snow and winds that ranged up to 35 mph moved out of the area Wednesday. The Portales Police Department responded to a few accidents that occurred in […]

Wind gusts measured at 75 mph on Thursday

By Sharna Johnson Southerly winds sand blasted the area Thursday, blanketing the sky with a coffee with cream hue and making driving difficult and life generally miserable. However, one local business manager didn’t seem to mind. “We love bad weather,” said Anna Cardonita, general manager of Domino’s Pizza on Prince Street, even after the wind […]

Visitor Center policies clarified

Tech. Sgt Rich Jones The visitors center is currently staffed 24 hours a day to issue temporary base passes that are valid for 24 hours during the week and up to 72 hours on the weekend. The center is open for 24-hour operation to reduce the pedestrian traffic crossing traffic lanes at the main gate […]

Storm causes two-hour blackout in Portales

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF A Sunday evening storm left Portales without lights for a couple of hours on Sunday night, but officials reported no injuries or serious damage. A wind gust of 62 mph was reported at Cannon Air Force Base at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, said Meteorologist Chuck Jones with the National Weather Service […]