Officials: Grass fire should serve as warning sign

Freedom New Mexico Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland northwest of Melrose, [...]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grassfire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass from [...]

Physician: Several conditions contributed to deaths

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico All three patients diagnosed with infections from a deadly invasive bacteria had other health conditions that contributed to the severity of their illness, according to a local physician. The bacteria has killed two of the three patients in Curry County — a 23-year-old pregnant woman

County gets disaster declaration

PNT Staff Report The U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 30 declared 31 New Mexico counties as disaster areas including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties because of persisting drought conditions, according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help [...]

National Weather Service: severe weather potential today

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said there is potential for severe weather in eastern New Mexico this evening. The primary threat is thunderstorms that could produce large hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and areas of heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding, mainly along and east of a line from Colfax [...]

2-17-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County’s Ninth Judicial Court recently. According to the documents: • Jason Chatterton, 32, was convicted of the charge of automobile burglary, a fourth-degree felony and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation with conditions and ordered to pay all court fines and fees. • Randy McBrewer, [...]

2-17-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate court recently. According to the documents: • Arnoldo Ontiveroz, 42, pleaded no contest to the charges of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (second offense) and improper backing and is ordered to serve two years of supervised probation with conditions and is ordered to [...]

Fire officials: More grass fires expected

By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And more grass fires in the West Texas and eastern New Mexico area are expected [...]

More wintry weather coming

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Friday’s snowfall was just the beginning of a wintry weekend, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, 1 to 4 inches of snow are expected fall in Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties with similar conditions expected through the Texas Panhandle. Residents on Friday woke to flurries and [...]

Up to 4 inches of snow expected

This morning’s snowfall was just the beginning of a wintry weekend, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, 1 to 4 inches of snow are expected fall in Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties with similar conditions expected through the Texas Panhandle. Residents on Friday woke to flurries and freezing winds with temperatures in [...]