Portales past: Feb. 22, 1959

Feb. 22, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: Tumbling weeds from soil bank’s acreages have just about put the cattle back on the basis of the open range. Fence posts have snapped all across the plains from the strain of tumbleweeds pushed before high winds.

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 […]

Oct. 20, 1980

The Portales News-Tribune reported that sloppy property owners in Portales had two more weeks before city officials cited them for cluttering their yards and fields with weeds, trash and abandoned cars. Residents are asked to cut weeds on their property, or report litter or abandoned cars, by Nov. 3 to avoid receiving a warning from […]

Musk thistle expanding across region

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PNT Staff Report There are different weeds that are native to New Mexico, but some weeds like the musk thistle are trying to take over. The musk thistle is a tall plant with waxy dark green deeply lobed leaves with spines. The leaves can appear to be white to silver-gray. Michael Roberts, a U.S. Department […]

Rains cause explosion in weeds

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent rains have created an explosion of weeds in the Portales area creating lots of extra mowing and allergy concerns for residents. After a dry summer where weeds and lawns could hardly be coaxed into growing, the wet spell has many residents scrambling to keep up. Marla Foster of […]

Weed out the negativity in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My husband bought me a present … a weed eater. In fact he bought me three. He finally found one that I can start all by myself. Now I can “weed eat” any time I want to do so. He’s glad because he doesn’t have to crank up the […]

Spring Greening: Experts say with a little work now you can have a lush green lawn this summer

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By Sharna Johnson Recent warm weather may have local residents inspired to begin sprucing up outside. Curry County Extension Agent Stan Jones said it’s still a little early to begin gardening, but it’s a great time to start preparing for a luscious, green lawn. Before hooking up the hoses and arranging the sprinklers, a little […]

It’s important to have pride and plants

By Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent […]

Spring into action with good seeds

Joan Clayton I think I’m the only woman who can grow weeds year-round. They seem to thrive in snow and freezing temperatures. However, they don’t bother me until spring arrives. I have all kinds. Some weeds have pretty flowers. I have even tried transplanting the prettier ones, but they won’t grow where I want them. […]