Feb. 15 — Dora news

NAEP testing All Dora students in eighth grade will be taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress 10 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Assessments will be conducted in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and United States history. NAEP testing is done periodically, in order to provide a picture of academic [...]

County wells producing less water

Argen Duncan Domestic wells in some areas of Curry County are drying up, while Roosevelt County wells are still pumping, although often with less volume, according to the Office of the State Engineer. This area of eastern New Mexico has three basins, geographical areas in which water drains to a specific point. Mike Barajas, OSE [...]

Bowl game part of ‘overload’ problem

Clyde Davis I’m not a likely candidate to complain about too much football on TV, or too much sports in general. In fact, confronted with the frequent wasteland that occupies the “Glass Teat”, in Harlan Ellison’s terms, sports is often the best available option. However, it seemed a bit ludicrous, (though I watched it anyway), [...]

Local experts provide winter tips

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Alisa Boswell Winter weather is approaching the Clovis and Portales areas, which means it’s the time of year when electric bills jump higher, lawns hibernate and driving to work can turn into to slipping and sliding. According to Xcel Energy, there are various small tasks a person can perform to keep energy bills lower during [...]

ENMU flat in all areas in loss at Southwestern

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo didn’t offer a complicated explanation for the Greyhounds’ surprising 21-10 Lone Star Conference North Division loss to Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday at Weatherford, Okla. The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 North) simply outplayed ENMU, reducing the Hounds’ potent attack to one-dimensional and putting together just enough [...]

Fire chief urges cautionary measures to prevent grass fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols says dangerous conditions for fire exist in Roosevelt County. According to Nuckols, a lot of dry vegetation left over from last year still poses a big fire threat. Even though there is some new green growth coming up in areas, “it won’t last long [...]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now [...]

Teen Court program focuses on alcohol prevention

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place to help children stay away from alcohol so they don’t head down that path. Teen Court programs in both cities focus on prevention. Even though April is alcohol awareness month, experts say [...]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH [...]

Storm dumps hail, rain on Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales got some much needed rain, but some residents took a battering in the process. Heavy rain caused problems in troublesome areas of town with flooding leading the Police Department to block off roadways. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they had to block off Third Street and Kilgore Avenue [...]