Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Cold-shooting Zias drop third straight

Freedom New Mexico DENTON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University provided little scoring support for senior Precious Herrin and dropped a 51-44 decision Wednesday to Texas Woman’s. Herrin matched her season average with 19 points in the Lone Star Conference matchup, but only on other Zia (Kiara Tate, six points off the bench) had more […]

Cold-shooting Zias fall to UIW

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — So far this season, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has run either hot or cold. Saturday, after beating Texas A&M-Kingsville 79-71 two nights earlier, the Zias struggled mightily to find the basket and absorbed a 61-41 Lone Star Conference loss at the hands of Incarnate Word. […]

Local health officials offer cold and flu season advice

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Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against the highly contagious respiratory infection. She said her facility sees more children age 3 and under catch a cold during flu […]

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s insurance. “When […]

Press release: Xcel to upgrade local power system

Xcel Energy is spending $874,000 to add capacity to the Portales electric distribution system to remedy imbalances in the system that caused power outages in the recent bouts of extremely cold weather. Changes in customer usage patterns and growing electrical load have overburdened portions of the Xcel Energy distribution system in parts of Portales. David […]

Region in grip of winter storm

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Sharna Johnson Gripped by an arctic cold that hasn’t been felt in the area in as much as 20 years, Curry and Roosevelt Counties aren’t expected to warm up until the weekend. A winter storm blew into the area Monday night, dusting Clovis with about an inch of snow and leaving trace amounts in Portales. […]

More cold coming

Sharna Johnson Old man winter was really nipping in Clovis on Tuesday morning with predictions he’d be biting by evening. Area residents didn’t wake to the 2-5 inches of snow that had been forecast, but the less than an inch of flakes that did fall was dry and blowing as wind-chill drove already low temperatures […]

East Central downs cold-shooting Zias

Freedom New Mexico ADA, OKLA. — The Zias started and finished strong. In between, it was all East Central. Sophomore Regan Browne scored 24 points off the bench and the Lady Tigers beat Eastern New Mexico University 72-64 Thursday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal scored a career-high 18 points […]

We could all use comfort in our lives

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I […]

Their view: New Mexicans urged to take cold weather precautions

New Mexicans urged to take cold weather precautions The National Weather Service is predicting extreme cold temperatures in parts of New Mexico during the Thanksgiving weekend holiday. The state’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management issued a press release suggesting a few simple things motorists can do to prepare for bad weather. Here’s a […]

Expect frozen Turkey day in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]

My turn: Cold weather can be troubling too

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With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few days, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

Cold-shooting Hounds fall to Buffs

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men missed their first 17 shots from the field over the opening 10 minutes and the Greyhounds were unable to dig themselves out of the hole in a 67-49 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s loss to West Texas A&M on Saturday. The Buffaloes (12-10, […]

Farmers cautious of future cold snaps

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties is anywhere from 52 […]

Cold start costly in Hounds’ loss to Aggies

Freedom New Mexico LAWTON, Okla. — Five field goals in a half is not exactly a recipe to success. Eastern New Mexico University’s men tried valiantly to overcome that unsightly first-half stat on Saturday, closing a 17-point deficit to two late in the game before Cameron pulled away to a 64-55 win in a Lone […]

Parade lights up Portales square

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live on the Square Portales Christmas celebration Friday night. The night included live music, living window displays, downtown businesses open late, and, of course, the Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade and crowning of the new Little Miss Merry […]

Emporia State thumps cold-shooting Zias

Freedom New Mexico EMPORIA, Kan. — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team occasionally endures a rough night shooting. Friday’s showing, though, was one for the ages. The Zias shot 24 percent from the field and went 0-for-16 from 3-point range — the first time in 114 games they had not made at least […]

Charity event raises more than $3,000 for United Way of Eastern New Mexico

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Live United on the Square block party raised more than $3,000 for United Way of Eastern New Mexico and drew about 200 people Thursday evening, organizers estimated. Organizer Karen Inge of Valley Furniture hopes to hold it again next year, only earlier in the year to avoid the […]

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]