Prairie chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not [...]

Claims totalling $160,000 paid so far after Floyd fire

By Tony Parra Payments have been dispersed for $160,000 in claims to landowners, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials, in connection with the Nov. 30 Floyd fire that wiped out more than 27,000 acres. The cause of the fire, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range, still has not been determined, according to CAFB [...]

Trees can be festive, but beware of fire

By David Irvin The Christmas tree is a venerated and respected symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be a fire hazard, officials say. Local fire departments are spending time and energy to inform those decorating for the holidays [...]

Recent rain helps farmers, not roads

Tony Parra April showers have brought about much needed rain to the eastern plains of New Mexico. But with it comes the good, the bad and the ugly. The good The rain has helped farmers who begin growing crops in April. Joe Whitehead, a district conservationist, said wheat is the crop growing in April. He [...]

Poor weather puts damper on fall harvest

Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, farmers [...]

Workshop searches for solution

Kevin Wilson People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and continue until noon. [...]

Workshop examines Ogallala decline

MIke Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future of [...]