At least when it rains, it pours

David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. Some areas around Portales have received close to 2 inches of moisture in the past […]

South County News June 11

Charlie Carmichael Sympathy To the friends and relatives on the death of Opal Hitt. She was born in the Longs area to Luna and Ethel Pruett on March 9, 1907. She attended school when Longs school was active, then in Dora, and later married Sid Hitt. They lived in the area for many years and […]

Storm sweeps through Portales

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By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm swept through Roosevelt and Curry counties Wednesday evening, sounding tornado sirens and leaving power outages, road closures and damage from hail and wind in its wake. However, no injuries were reported in the area. Power was restored throughout Portales about 11:15 p.m., after being out for more than two […]

South County News, May 28

By Charlie Carmichael Weather report Rain is the big blessed news throughout our area. It scattered so far and varied from sprinkle to about an inch in the Causey, Milnesand and Garrison areas. The Arch vicinity fared better. There was a lot of hail on Saturday evening south of the old Garrison store. Weldon Carmichael […]

South County News, May 21

By Charlie Carmichael Youth news The youth who are planning on going with the Dora Baptist groups to summer camp later are wanting do odd jobs around the area to earn money for the trip. Call 477-2446 or 477-2248 for information. Medical reports Lee Nora and Elmer Reed are both doing well. Rosemary Kelly is […]

Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

Water quality: Right as rain

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By Gary Mitchell One good thing about having to drill so deeply for water in this region is it helps ensure its purity, water experts say. The primary water source for this area is the Ogallala Aquifer, which is accessed by drilling 300 to 400 feet, depending on location. “Because of that, you don’t have […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis […]