Portales deals with weekend of weather woes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After a long dry spell, Mother Nature decided to catch up on rainfall in the Portales area — and she did it quickly. Friday saw heavy downpour in the area, along with high winds and low visibility. With lighter rains on Saturday things dried out some, but not much, […]

Sports Briefs

Freedom Newspapers Wilhoit playing for South All-Stars ALBUQUERQUE — Dora’s Tyler Wilhoit will play for the South squad in tonight’s Class 1A-2A New Mexico High School Coaches Association boys basketball all-star game, scheduled for The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Wilhoit has been a mainstay for three years for Dora, […]

Storm spotter training offered to amateur weather buffs

By Andy Jackson Steve Summers has been a storm spotter for 12 years. Although he’s never seen one up close or heard the signature freight train sound, he is well aware of the damage they can do. The director of the Clovis Municipal Airport, Summers is one of 20 storm spotters in Curry County. “You […]

Winter storm brings first cool days of fall

Staff and Wire Report After thunderstorms, that included a late afternoon deluge Wednesday, Portales residents woke to low, gray skies Thursday and the first cold temperatures of the season. With temperatures in the 40’s all day Thursday and light rain and variable winds, wind-chill readings had folks thinking winter weather. Despite the chill in the […]

Fox promises to investigate henhouse

Leonard Pitts “What town is this?” I ask the young man standing on the lawn with arms folded. “Waveland,” he says. “Or it used to be.” “It will be again,” I assure him. “I hope so,” he says. His tone suggests his expectations aren’t particularly high. It’s hard to blame him. In Waveland, railroad tracks […]

ENMU students at eye of the storm

By Tony Parra A group of Eastern New Mexico University students who traveled to the southern tip of Mexico were unharmed after Hurricane Emily blew through the area on Monday and hit southern Texas and northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. The eye of the storm ran ashore just before dawn near San Fernando, Mexico, about 85 […]

Power outages hit Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Power outages became an issue again on late Saturday afternoon, with many of the same areas in Clovis lacking electricity that were hit by an outage in Friday’s storm. Xcel Energy spokesman Bob Crenshaw, who said it was not determined if the outages were related to the storm, estimated 2,800 to 3,000 homes […]

New emergency management coordinator settling in

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents must brace for severe weather, because the elements in the area offer a breeding ground for tornados. Roosevelt County residents have already received their first dangerous encounter when a tornado warning was issued on Monday night during a hail storm. There was golf-sized hail reported from the […]

Storm drops golf-ball-size hail on county

PNT Staff Monday night’s hailstorm caused some damage in Roosevelt County, but the storm was small compared to some from years past. “There were some golf-ball-sized (pieces of hail) here in Dora,” said Becky Fraze, a secretary for the Dora Fire Department. “We pruned the trees around here. The damage to the wheat crop maybe […]

Runoff water spells trouble for Clovis

By Mike Linn Budget cuts, developments sprouting like mushrooms, and a year of heavy rain have exacerbated drainage problems in Clovis. Tack on an all-but-flat terrain and the flooding of homes this summer and city officials are somewhat torn — between the advice of their public works director and that of area developers. At a […]

Businesses feel different effects from rain

By Tony Parra Businesses and utility companies had opposite situations during the stormy weather on Tuesday and each felt the effects in different ways. Roosevelt County Electric employees were busy repairing power lines and bringing power back to homes during the stormy weather on Tuesday night. “They (workers) had to deal with a lot of […]

Annoyances are part of God’s plan

By Joan Clayton It’s been hard for me to find something good about grackle birds. Those huge black birds annoy me. During the early dusk of the winter season a black sea of birds descend on neighborhood trees, including ours. They leave the lawns white with residue, not to mention vehicles. My husband’s great day […]

Rain expected to be constant for next few days

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Linda Martinez came to New Mexico from California’s San Bernardino Valley in search of a safer environment for her family. So far, the weather has not cooperated. A tree fell on her car Sunday night in Clovis as a storm whipped through the region with lightning and winds at speeds […]

Area tornado chasers say their hobby is ‘fascinating’

David Arkin Severe weather involving tornados and lightning can lift fish out of lakes, snap utility poles like soggy toothpicks and force cows to scatter like bowling pins in all different directions. So it’s no wonder storm chaser Jerome Provencio says he might be a little bit crazy. And you can’t really blame him for […]

Safety the key issue of Little League forfeit

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

It’s all part of the job, and then some

Mike Linn Last Wednesday, following a trek through rain-drenched city streets seeking photos of what a wicked storm left behind, I earned a new nickname. I am “Noah.” A few of my editors thought it was funny that I accidentally locked my keys in my car — while it was still running mind you — […]

County recovers from severe weather

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Mike Linn Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the area. “The closer it got to Clovis the weaker the system got,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “I know a lot of people who saw the system said it looked really bad.” By the […]

Storm sweeps through Portales

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By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm swept through Roosevelt and Curry counties Wednesday evening, sounding tornado sirens and leaving power outages, road closures and damage from hail and wind in its wake. However, no injuries were reported in the area. Power was restored throughout Portales about 11:15 p.m., after being out for more than two […]

Storm causes two-hour blackout in Portales

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF A Sunday evening storm left Portales without lights for a couple of hours on Sunday night, but officials reported no injuries or serious damage. A wind gust of 62 mph was reported at Cannon Air Force Base at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, said Meteorologist Chuck Jones with the National Weather Service […]