Thursday morning briefing: Cannon shows off and our worst street/road

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video of the day Cannon Air Force Base opens up its doors with a full fledged media show of technology and might…it’s our video of the day. Did you know? In the 2007 agriculture census, Roosevelt County had 876 farms, according to the 2008 [...]

Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would [...]

Candidates take to road

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while [...]

Road closures scheduled

Roosevelt County Road Department has scheduled street closures: • Today and Thursday on Spruce Street between U.S. 70 and North Main Street closed for chip sealing. • Next week, Monday through Thursday, east side of Roosevelt Road 6 and Kilgore Avenue closed to pour concrete; and Roosevelt roads 8, R 1/2 and S closed for [...]

Road work to begin Monday

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is performing road work Monday through Thursday on Spruce Street between Boston Avenue and North Main Street and on South Roosevelt Road 6 between Kilgore and N.M. 88.

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

PNT Staff Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry Road [...]

Grain company requesting road closures

The Portales City Council met Tuesday at Portales City Hall. The council: • Tabled a request for street closure by J.D. Heiskell and Company until a public information forum can be held. The grain company has requested the closures of streets and sections located around the company. Those are Commercial Street from East Main Street [...]

Portales Past: March 23, 1955

March 23, 1955: State highway crews arrived to haul caliche for the surface of the Portales road to the Clovis Air Force Base. County commissioners said they had driven the road recently and “had to be pulled through the deep sand by a road grader,” The Portales Daily News reported.

No injuries reported in fire

Freedom New Mexico Fire damaged a home on South Roosevelt Road 3 around midnight Monday morning. Portales Fire Department fire investigator Mike Inge said no one was injured. Inge said he is waiting for an insurance investigator to determine the cause and said the fire started in the area of the laundry room.

Snow pummels Portales

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A wintry mix of freezing rain, high winds and fast-falling snow Thursday blanketed the area and shut down a majority of the community. Clovis and Portales schools and government agencies closed Thursday and today after upwards of 6 inches of snow covered roadways already slick from freezing rain. Cannon [...]