My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Heavy snow closes roads in New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after […]

Snow day for some, work day for others

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Alisa Boswell With area schools canceling classes Monday and many people staying off the roads, we asked people around Portales how the snow day affected them. Similar conditions are expected Tuesday.

McGee: Harvester ants possess remarkable work ethic

While riding my bicycle along one of our county roads, I stopped to contemplate a harvester ant colony. I should tell you I’m an admirer of harvester ants. These ants are those big ones that make low, wide ant hills. I like them for their pure work ethic, because they seem to know just what […]

No hypocrisy in using public utilities

I’ve noticed non-libertarians will frequently make the claim that liberty-lovers are hypocritical if they use things that are paid for with taxation. What an odd notion. As long as The State exists, and continues to fund things through coercive taxation, you and I will be paying for a lot of things we didn’t have any […]

Their view: Teens should be gradually introduced to roads

Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO of the American Insurance Association, supports a graduated driver licensing program for teenage drivers.

Operations begin for the CV-22 Osprey at Cannon

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked off operations for the CV-22 Osprey at Cannon and broke ground for a new $8 million Child Development Center. Money for the new center came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The center […]

Lightning strikes ignite fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer Firefighters in Roosevelt County had their hands full Monday afternoon with three fires officials said they believed were caused by lightning strikes. The first two fires ignited near Floyd and burned a combined 40 acres. The third and larger fire burned about 350 acres near Roosevelt roads 12 and […]

Police, emergency management personnel step in to deliver Meals on Wheels

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With icy roads and four to six inches of snow Thursday, police and emergency management personnel stepped in to deliver for Portales Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels chairwoman Fayrene Powers said she was concerned about the program’s drivers, many of whom are older adults, risking injury on the […]

Snow hinders traffic

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Snow and below freezing temperatures Thursday had drivers slip sliding to work. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said there were four accidents. “They were all called in as accidents without injuries,” Berry said. “The ones I have been to are just enough to block traffic.” The thermometer is […]

11-16 ENMU briefs

Holiday lunch buffet set Swing into the Holiday Spirit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Cross Roads Cafe’s annual Holiday Luncheon. The menu includes turkey, ham, barron of beef, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, pie and more. Cost is $4 for staff and faculty, and $7 for student and […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]

Portales’ country roads eyesore

I live three miles west of Portales. As the population grows outside the city limits, so do my concerns about the piling up of trash and tumbleweeds. It’s not only an eyesore, but a fire danger. Our county officials need to look into controlling this problem because it looks like individuals won’t do it. There […]

County roadwork slated through October

Freedom New Mexico Curry County will be chip sealing Curry Road H between Curry Roads 13 and 14 and streets in the J.R. Shumate subdivision through the end of October, according to a press release from the county road department. The work zone lies between Curry roads 13 and 14, H and I, Road Superintendent […]

Calf carcass dumping a problem again

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Taxpayer dollars are being spent to clean up illegal dumping along Roosevelt County roads. When one drives down a county road it is not uncommon to see some trash in the ditch. Assorted items such as aluminum cans, bottles and sometimes household items such as carpet and broken furniture. […]

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 […]

Winter weather arrives in area

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With more winterlike weather expected to arrive this weekend, state officials are urging residents to be prepared. When storms dumped more than three feet of snow across northern New Mexico last winter, a lot of residents weren’t. No snow shovels. No food stored away. No way to get to […]

Arr, maties

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Garrett Arington takes tickets from pirates, from left, Sabrina Rhoads, Ashley Roads and Jessica Pagle. The trio were at the Tower Twin Friday to see “Pirates of the Caribbean, At World’s End.”

Plowing continues through weekend

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A fleet of a dozen road graders worked through the weekend to clear rural roads after a strong winter stormed blanketed Roosevelt County with up to 12 inches of snow. “We’ve just about got it now where people can get out and people can feed,” said Roosevelt County Road […]

Winter weather strikes area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A winter ice storm enveloped Roosevelt County Friday and Saturday making travel treacherous. After a freezing fog stayed over the area much of the day Friday, the storm got serious early Friday night with a brief period of freezing rain and snow. The blast left a rime coating of […]