Dragonflies: Versatile and voracious hunters

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Sharna Johnson Spring and summer rains on the dry Plains give birth to an uncharacteristic array of flora — and bugs. High moisture also means life for one of the most versatile and voracious hunters of the insect world: Dragonflies. A wet season this year, leaving behind full ponds and standing water, has bolstered dragonfly […]

Recent rain gets mixed reviews

Argen Duncan The recent abundant rains have been a help and a hindrance to area residents. The downpours have damaged roads and made weeds grow. But they’ve also watered crops and urban grass. In Portales, City Manager Tom Howell said parts of streets where water has pooled will need patching. He said he wouldn’t know […]

Portales past: June 4, 1941

June 4, 1941: Heavy rains, some estimated at 8 to 10 inches, left dozens of Roosevelt County homes and roads flooded. C.A. Franklin, who lived 5 miles north and 2 miles east of Portales, reported water standing 3 feet deep in his chicken house and all his chickens drowned.

Rains bring relief, worry of disease-bearing insects

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Just add water. It’s a good thing for some recipes and maybe a Chia Pet. And in eastern New Mexico, few dispute the need for rain and most are glad anytime it comes. But, if it does come like it has during the last couple of months, water can […]

Local reaction to Jackson and Fawcett deaths

Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other.The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all.We asked some local folks to share their thoughts: Farrah Fawcett:1. Brandy Rains, stay-home mother in Portales, said: “She had a long hard fight. […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. Rain fell throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties Tuesday night. “This will buy some breathing room for the people that got some rain,” said Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher. However, he said the […]

Savage Storm rains on Hounds

Freedom New Mexico DURANT, Okla. — A slow start warmed up a little in the second half Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s men, but not enough to get them over the top. Southeastern Oklahoma ended a 26-game losing streak dating back almost a year, edging the Greyhounds 44-42 in a Lone Star Conference crossover […]

Harvests hampered by recent rains

By Gabriel Monte and Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Farmers in the process of harvesting their crops in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas region are playing the waiting game with the weather. Muddy farm land from rain showers over the weekend have kept farmers from harvesting their crops, according to Curry County ag-extension […]

Ruidoso suffering worst flooding in decades

Staff and wire reports Clovis native Bruce DeFoor, who retired and moved to Moon Mountain in Ruidoso two years ago, said flooding in Ruidoso was a shocking surprise after steady but gentle weekend rains. “It had rained Saturday, on and off most of the day, but it was just a real light rain,” DeFoor said. […]

Rains quench county fire ban

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County commissioners lifted a fire ban in Roosevelt County because of recent rains. Portales has received 2.14 inches of rain since July 7, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Commissioner Paul Grider made the motion for lifting the burn ban. “We have received a lot […]