Snowstorm slows few

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With numerous snowfalls under their belts already, another storm on Valentine’s Day was anything but sweet for Roosevelt County residents. Snow began falling Tuesday night and continued to fall off-and-on all day Wednesday. Extremely cold temperatures Wednesday made for slick roads late in the day. The National Weather Service […]

Mercury not rising

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A prolonged cold spell pushed the average temperature in January in eastern New Mexico well below normal. According to AccuWeather.com, the average daily temperature last month was six to eight degrees below the historical average. After a balmy start — with four of the first 12 days in the […]

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 […]

County takes fallout from weekend weather

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Winter weather once again hit the area this weekend with 12 inches of snow and blustery winds making for some treacherous conditions in Roosevelt County. Portales Municipal Schools canceled school Monday, citing safety concerns. Superintendent Randy Fowler felt that maintenance personnel needed additional time to clear the snow and […]

Blast blankets area

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A winter storm that lingered over the middle of New Mexico dumped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of Clovis and eastern New Mexico Saturday. “It’s rough out there,” Clovis resident Trinidad Juarez said. “Every time I stop, I get stuck (in the snow),” said Juarez, who delivers […]

No surprise: A rush on supplies

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor According to officials of local businesses selling cold weather supplies, eastern New Mexico residents weren’t taking the current blast of winter weather lightly as they scurried to pick up supplies before the storm Friday. Grocery stores reported much heavier traffic than normal, and other retailers were holding their posts […]

Portales prepares for anticipated storm

PNT Staff Report A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. […]

Snowstorm isn’t automatic house arrest sentence

By Karl TerryL PNT Managing Editor The image of being snowbound at home in front of a roaring fire is a romantic one — that is until the pipes freeze or work calls. I’ve experienced a few storms through which I could imagine that we were snowed-in but the truth was that we were only […]

Roads clear, area braces for another storm

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Day Trip: Let it snow in Cloudcroft

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Getting snowed in can be fun when you’re in the mountainous village of Cloudcroft. Just take a short drive to the snow-covered hills for a day of snow tubing, snowmobiling, skiing and ice skating. Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains, conditions are just right for plenty of outdoor winter activities. A […]

Severe weather predicted for area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Snow shovels and bags of salt used to melt snow and ice were flying off the shelves at Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis Monday morning. According to store manager Ron Scorzafava, an entire pallet of snow melter sold out in 30 minutes. “It (salt) is going out like gangbusters,” […]

Ski season launches

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer With five ski resorts operating in New Mexico and more scheduled to open in the coming days, this ski season is shaping up to be much improved over last year’s, according to ski resort officials. Officials said they hope the colder weather will bring more snow and improve snow-making […]

Little car not destined to be big sleigh

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Our little bit of snow last week was a cakewalk compared to over a decade of living in the mountains of Colorado where driving on snow and ice all winter long was the norm. The winter roads in Colorado were one of the top reasons coming home to New […]

Snow delays schools

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico awoke to the season’s first snowfall and temperatures in the teens this morning. Icy road conditions led most area schools, including Portales, to delay starting times by two hours, officials said. Classes at Eastern New Mexico University were set to open at 11 this morning. Most area roads were open, […]

White House needs changes in policies, not faces

Editorial We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would do […]

Snow surprises Portales

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PNT Staff Reports Portales schoolchildren got to do something yesterday they haven’t been able to do within the city limits for about a year—they had snowball fights. Their fun could be short-lived, however, as snow flurries were expected to end by early this morning and temperatures today are expected to rise into the 40’s. Priscilla […]

March 20 Dora School News

Because of the snow, Dora students missed school on Tuesday. With the day off, the children created snowmen and snow angels, and some had snowball fights. On Wednesday, there was a short day because of a two-hour delay. Things went as scheduled for the rest of the week. Birthdays Elementary: March 16, Micah Massey; 17, […]

Snow covers state

By Leslie Radford A powerful eastbound storm that blanketed most of New Mexico and parts of West Texas sent a reminder to the area that spring is still five days away. The Portales area received nearly half a foot of snow as of late Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which caused a […]

Portales gets first snowfall of winter

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday and Wednesday brought hope for a white Christmas in the local area, but also an increased chance of dangerous roads for motorists. Cannon Air Force Base moved to Mission Essential status Wednesday morning, meaning that only those needed to support the base, such as the police and fire department, were called to […]

Portales snow less than most across state

By Kevin Wilson On the year’s busiest weekend for travel and shopping, Portales residents were subjected to a little bit of inclement weather. However, Portales’ weather was not as extreme as weather that caused accidents and road closures across northern areas of New Mexico. Jim Kratzer, a meteorologist at Cannon Air Force Base, said that […]