Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Local schools to begin holiday concert series

PNT Staff Report Portales Municipal Schools begins its annual series of holiday concerts this week with a twist. According to Portales High School choir director and district fine arts coordinator Franklin Smith, this year’s concerts will include a promotion to provide prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas. Smith said he became aware of how […]

Winter weather arrives in area

The Associated Press SANTA FE — With more winterlike weather expected to arrive this weekend, state officials are urging residents to be prepared. When storms dumped more than three feet of snow across northern New Mexico last winter, a lot of residents weren’t. No snow shovels. No food stored away. No way to get to […]

NASA weather balloon crashes

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A NASA weather balloon the size of a skyscraper crashed Wednesday about 18 miles northeast of San Jon. Launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, the nearly 500-foot-tall balloon made a whistling sound as it moved swiftly through the air and landed with a thump about a […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle […]

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 […]

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. […]

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,” […]

Heating safety hot topic

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer According to the National Weather Service this winter is likely to be warmer than the 30-year norm but cooler than last winter. The national weather service anticipates that El Nino should bring a wetter winter as well. So with a cooler winter predicted, is your heater up to snuff? […]

Some things can only mean end of summer

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We know it’s coming every year, Old Man Winter, and yet here on the High Plains, where our wardrobe mostly consists of flip-flops, tank tops and shorts, we’re shocked when we feel that first chill. The official first day of autumn isn’t until Sept. 23, still a few weeks away, […]

Weather prediction not difficult

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist You’d think America’s scientists would have better things to do than conduct fruitless research into global warming and the expanding universe. Instead they should tackle problems vital to the nation’s welfare, such as when to stop mowing our lawns. A few years ago my attention became focused on cutting grass […]

Winter games have different meaning here

By Karl Terry The world may be focused this week on the XX Winter Olympic games, but in eastern New Mexico the excitement is … well let’s just say a little more subdued. Winter games around here take on a completely different meaning. First of all, most visitors to this area immediately notice that the […]

Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series gives fans quick rodeo fix

Compiled by Kevin Wilson For nearly three decades, Charlie Thompson has produced winter training rodeos. This season’s rodeo offers spectators a chance to get a glimpse at potential future world champions, in addition to names they may already recognize. What is it? The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series was spawned from a small organization called C-T […]

Museum offers 3 million artifacts

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Compiled By Karl Terry During the winter months a safe bet for a daytrip is always a museum, and one of the biggest and best is the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The museum’s Web site bills the institution as the largest history museum in […]

Moody Planetarium hosts holiday shows

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Compiled by Karl Terry Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed […]

Cold front heats up emergencies

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and found their yards and vehicles covered with a fine, white layer of frost from a blast of Arctic air off the Rockies. Temperatures remained in the teens Wednesday with 15 to 24 mph winds making it seem even colder, according to the […]

Spring has sprung and winter sales have begun

Helena Rodriguez You know what tomorrow is, right? Yes, it’s Saturday. Yes, it’s also the first day of spring break. Hurrah! Surah! Surah! Saturday is also the first official day of spring, and you know what that means. It’s time to take down the Christmas tree. Time to get up on the roof and take […]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who […]