Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Power outages plague Portales

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

Students studying Black Plague

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Social studies students at Lindsey Elementary are learning about the Middle Ages and the Bubonic Plague. The students have been making signs as part of the class project to warn other students, teachers and parents as if their classroom was a village in the Middle Ages. Christina Ortiz, 12, […]

Jan. 4, 2009 On the Shelves

The following books are available for checkout at the Portales Public Library: Win the War Within by Floyd H. Chilton with Laura Tucker. Floyd Chilton is a renowned scientist and currently serves as a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is convinced that a silent and devastating plague […]

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 […]