Dec. 30 -Jan. 5 What's Happening

Wednesday Mother-Son Winter Ball — 5 p.m., The Landing Zone. Cost is $30 per mother and $25 per son. Includes dinner, activities, chance for prizes. Formal attire required. Information or tickets: 784-6381.

Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]

No break for school teachers

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico While the students head out to play during the winter break, it is business as usual for area high school teachers. When the last bell sounds, high school students have a few weeks to leave behind the books and homework. But for area teachers, the winter break is a […]

Senior center hosting winter wonderland

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Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder sits in Santa’s chair at the senior center on Tuesday. The center is hosting a winter wonderland where children can get their picture taken Santa Claus on Friday. Admission is a donated toy or canned goods. Cannon Connections staff The Portales Senior Center is […]

Wine tasting event to raise money for downtown projects

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Winter Wine Festival and fundraiser Saturday is being billed as the social event of the holiday season by its organizers at Portales MainStreet. “It’s a social event,” said Nicole Wilkening, community affairs coordinator. “Pecos Flavors Winery is going to be serving wine and beer selections so people can […]

Cold weather precautions advised

By 27th SOW Safety Office Winter adds its own hazards to regular safety concerns, so get ready to continue to work safely in winter weather by training to recognize and protect against its hazards. How cold is too cold? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, cold stress can occur when the body is […]

Chance of snow again Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Old man winter wasn’t expected to bring much snow overnight to eastern New Mexico. But look out. National Weather Service forecaster Mark Fettit said overnight and most of today not much in the way of snow should be happening in Clovis and Portales. “Once we get this one system […]

Winter storm causes minor problems

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The winter storm that blew into eastern New Mexico on Friday caused minor problems in Roosevelt and Curry Counties, but left a number of travelers stranded in Tucumcari. The storm moved from Western Canada to the Four Corners, across New Mexico and into the Texas Panhandle, bringing high winds […]

Winter weather hits area

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Freedom New Mexico Much of eastern New Mexico was expected to receive “significant snowfall” through Saturday morning, according to a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. It is the first significant snowfall for the year in what has been a dry, warm winter. Snow began falling steadily in Clovis around […]

After misunderstanding, charity raises $1,000

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Despite a few obstacles, a group of young local residents reached out to children around the world this winter by raising money from the community. The youth at First United Methodist Church raised more than $1,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund, said local Trick or Treat for UNICEF […]

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]

Winter driving key: Slow down

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require they leave more space between themselves and other drivers on the road. “It is extremely important to slow down. Giving yourself more […]

Dry season could leave farmers’ wallets lighter

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A dry winter, on top of a dry year, is leaving some area farmers worried and some just waiting to see what happens. Elida dryland farmer Greg Burris estimated that his crops have received much less than half of what is considered normal precipitation this winter. In the fall, […]

Winter weather could be on way

Freedom New Mexico A winter weather advisory will be issued between 11 p.m. tonight until 5 p.m. Tuesday for snowfall along and behind a strong cold front pushes through eastern New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Confidence is moderate that amounts in the plains will range from 2 inches to 4 […]

Winter preparations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Adventurous youngsters open door for others

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I received an excited voice mail the other day that Travis Pastrana had actually been in Portales and attended a Little League team’s practice.It sounded like a really big deal, though I’d never heard of Pastrana. And as is often the case, his appearance was reported to me after […]

Storm brings snow to N.M.

Staff and wire reports The National Weather Service on Friday issued a winter storm warning — which means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely — for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 5 p.m. today. Snow accumulation was expected to be 2 to 4 inches by daybreak today, according to the NWS. An […]

Winter watering can be dangerous affair

By Baxter Black This winter is shaping up to be a reminder of why they sell more long underwear north of Interstate 40, which runs from Bakersfield,Calif., through Amarillo and Little Rock, Ark., then on to Raleigh, N.C. We’ve already had blizzards, ice storms, blackouts, white outs, and more horsetank ice breaking injuries than we’ve […]

Cold, dry weather creates static problem

By Karl Terry It may be cold outside, but at least it’s a dry cold. That little summertime saying can be turned around by those of us in eastern New Mexico to create complete nonsense during the winter — unless you love the charge you get from static electricity. It’s been a really dry winter. […]