Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Last tornado not nearly as damaging

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By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were injured, about 100 homes and businesses were destroyed and close to 500 structures […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

911 tornado call transcripts

The following conversations are samples of calls being taken simultaneously by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: If […]

Displaced resident still in disbelief

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado slammed the Clovis area March 23 and tore apart his Oak Street home. “It’s gotten better day by day,” Castro said. “But it’s still hard to believe.” […]

Tornado weakened before hitting Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The March 23 tornado weakened before hitting Clovis, according to a National Weather Service tornado expert. Keith Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist with Albuquerque’s NWS, said the tornado was at its strongest about the time it hit Grande Vida Dairy on the Cacahuate Road nine miles east of Portales and as it was churning […]

Friona residents remember twister of 1995

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He said, […]

April 1, 2007 Briefs

PNT Staff Last Supper commemorated The First United Methodist Church will present “The Living Life Supper” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at 200 S. Ave. C in Portales. According to organizer Jan Smartnick, the event is a re-enactment of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last supper.” It is open to everyone and communion is available […]

Lady Rams split Saturday games

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams concluded their preparation for District 4-3A play at the 2007 Artesia Lady Dog Invitational Saturday, losing 10-0 against Aztec and beating Lovington 4-3. “The competition here is definitely good,” Portales coach Robbie Crowley said. “We haven’t played anybody badly, even Aztec, we shouldn’t have lost by as much […]

Portales-born Ross readies for MLB season

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales to Miami by way of Carlsbad, Detroit, Los Angeles and Cincinnati. That’s the long route that Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross took to reach his sunny Major League Baseball destination. Cody’s parents Kenny and Janet Ross lived with Kenny’s mom and dad in Portales in 1980 while Cody’s […]