Events Calendar May 29

Today Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Monday Board of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative meeting — noon, Mental […]

Events Calendar May 28

Thursday Africanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Roosevelt General Hospital board — 6 p.m. RGH conference room Saturday Old Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m. City of Portales reception […]

Killer Bees permanent addition to local area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Africanized honeybees, or killer bees as they are commonly known, are here to stay, according to officials. With a little education and a keen sense of the surrounding area, area residents can co-exist with the insects in relative peace, according to Carol Sutherland, an entomologist with New Mexico State University’s […]

Bee extermination business booming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known as […]

Majority of bees in local area Africanized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The chances of eastern New Mexico residents encountering Africanized honey bees is increasing exponentially with each new colony, according to pest control experts. Those experts are concerned encounters with the aggressive bees could lead to serious injuries or deaths. Lewis Hightower of Southwestern Pest Control and New Mexico state […]

Africanized bees becoming bigger problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Problems with Africanized bees in Roosevelt County may be getting worse after a Portales woman was stung multiple times by bees in her back yard Tuesday. That bee incident, as well as a few others this year, are reason enough for residents to be cautious, but preliminary data on […]

Pest experts talk about Africanized bee concerns locally

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By Tony Parra Bee experts, health officials and pest control workers want Portales and Clovis residents to be aware of a serious Africanized-bee problem in the area. Lewis Hightower and Bill Moyer of Southwest Pest Control said there is a possibility of even more bee incidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties than occurred last year. […]

Africanized bees found in Clovis

By William P. Thompson A Portales pest control company official said a sample of bees found in Clovis “in the middle of town” has tested positive as being a strain of Africanized or “killer” bees. Lewis Hightower, owner of Southwestern Pest Control, said the sample was tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in […]

Bees buzzin’ again; residents beware

By Tony Parra Temperatures are warming and flowers will bloom soon. ’Tis the season to beware of bees in Roosevelt County. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said officers responded to a call about bees at a residence on the 1700 block of South Avenue B on Tuesday. He said officers confirmed bees were on the […]

Bees buzzin’ again

By Tony Parra Temperatures are warming and flowers will bloom soon. ’Tis the season to beware of bees in Roosevelt County. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said officers responded to a call about bees at a residence on the 1700 block of South Avenue B on Tuesday. He said officers confirmed bees were on the […]