Girl scouts prepare for cookie drive

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The middle of January means one thing to most cookie lovers: It is time to get their hands on some Girl Scout Cookies. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have been selling cookies in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties since Jan. 15. The troops, which consist of 250 […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to deal with tragedy on the scale of the earthquake in Haiti, they must be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather and the possibility of an agriculture disaster. Curry and Roosevelt counties also face the possibility of ice storms and grass fires. The counties use […]

Expect strange weather mix

Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold front will continue to cross the south central mountains and southeast plains with a quick burst of wind… heavy snow and even a few thunderstorms. […]

Quilt raffle date changed

Freedom New Mexico The quilt raffle drawing for the Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties fundraiser has been moved to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, after the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Habitat office at 359-1344 or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. The numbers show about $6.3 million spent playing to […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

PNT staff U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry and […]

Habitat for Humanity house vandalized, repaired

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Roosevelt and Curry counties gathered Saturday to raise hammers, drive nails and lay tile — again — repairing vandalism to one of Habit for Humanity’s completed homes in Portales. Eight adults and two children came to the aid of Wendy Turner, whose house was vandalized days before […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Farmers hope for more rain

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. Rain fell throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties Tuesday night. “This will buy some breathing room for the people that got some rain,” said Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher. However, he said the […]

May 29, 1966

Roosevelt and Curry counties were the two New Mexico counties included in President Johnson’s action to extend the federal food stamp program to 29 counties in 15 states. The program would begin in Roosevelt County on June 3.