My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon. Daytime temperatures will range from 32 to 34 degrees with winds between 10 to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Temperatures tonight will drop to the mid- to low-20s. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders […]

PHS robotics team advances

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Alisa Boswell Three Portales High School seniors argued back and forth Thursday afternoon as they huddled over pieces of a robot in their teacher’s workshop, debating over how certain parts should be put together. Tim Varela, Russell Van Dam and Joseph Lundy are three of the 11 high school students, who recently won second place […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Two fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

Fire near Milnesand contained

PNT staff report Fire burned an estimated 2,596 acres Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Road 35 and Highway 206 near Milnesand, but was contained on Roosevelt Road 35 within half a mile of Roosevelt Road M. “Our main concern was keeping it from Road 33 because there were two structures over there,” said Milnesand Fire Chief […]

Clovis native recalls Alabama tornado

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Russell Anglin Delaney Ware said she is lucky to be alive today. The 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman nursing student and 2010 Clovis High School graduate said a devastating tornado barely missed her campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala. last night. She spoke to Freedom New Mexico on Thursday afternoon by phone about the tornado. Ware is […]

In their words: Responders, residents recall fire

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Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said Sunday’s fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. the day of the fire, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him […]

Area under fire weather watch

PNT staff report The National Weather Service has a fire weather watch in effect this afternoon through this evening and Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. A transmission from the service advises of sustained winds of 20 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 35 mph, with relative humidity in the single digits Tuesday and 10-15 percent […]

Elida wins Class B girls state title

The Elida Tigers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Grady 60-48 Friday afternoon in the Class B girls state championship game. Magarita Ortiz scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter when Eldia outscored Grady 26-8. Reavis Best led Elida (26-3) with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Amanda Cross-Smith added […]

Portales past: March 16, 1962

March 16, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Texas Western College won its 10th of the last 11 golf matches Thursday afternoon from a spunky Eastern New Mexico University squad, which went down 6 1/2 — 5 1/2 at the Portales Country Club Golf Course.

Winter storm watch in effect

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service has announced a winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. The NWS office in Albuqueque said the potential exists for three or more inches of snow over southeast New Mexico and six or more inches across higher-altitude terrain in the state. The snow is […]

Meetings watch: Board of Regents

This is a report from the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Wednesday afternoon in Santa Fe. According to ENMU President Steven Gamble, the board: • heard Gamble explain his goals for the university in the upcoming year. These included strengthening the emphasis on academics, supporting the branch campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso, […]

Curry Road R discussed at Joint Land Use meeting

Freedom New Mexico Discussion centered around procedures needed to close Curry Road R at a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the Joint Land Use Study’s policy committee. More than a dozen people attended the meeting, which was held at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said. Pyle said County Attorney Stephen Doerr gave a […]

Portales past: Sept. 10, 1945

Sept. 10, 1945 Portales Daily News: Mrs. C.M. Worley complimented the birthday of Mrs. E.T. Hensley Jr., Sunday afternoon with an informal tea at her home.

Growth committee looks at data analysis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Local Growth Management Committee got a taste of Chicago-style data analysis Tuesday afternoon. Marc Doussard of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Voorhes Center presented committee members with a look at data the center tries to provide as part of its work with the Office of Economic Adjustment. The OEA […]

Career matters more than the moment

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By Kevin Wilson Armando Galaragga will not be perfect in the record book. And Jim Joyce was proven imperfect by video. And their fates crossing paths showed a lot of us are far from perfect ourselves. Last Wednesday was an afternoon off for me, which meant e-mailing friends and using Netflix to catch up on […]

Tough to make adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Avoiding ’24’ adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that […]

Press Release: Winter storm warning until Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow…which is in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 11 a.m. Tuesday. • Snow accumulations…snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches