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 […]