NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday. Forecasters said the next storm isn’t likely to […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Grass fire consumes more than 8,000 acres

PNT staff report A grass fire sparked by downed power lines Wednesday burned an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres about 14 miles south of Elida. Speaking from the scene as crews finished mopping up hot spots, Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault said the fire started about 3 p.m. and burned oil field equipment, power lines […]

Fires burn near Causey

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County firefighters battled three grass fires late Tuesday night. Ann Clark, Causey Fire Department secretary, said a fire near Causey burned 87 acres and no injuries were reported. Darrell Chenault, acting fire chief of the Elida Fire Department, said the two fires his department handled were about two acres each, and […]

Lightning strikes ignite fires

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer Firefighters in Roosevelt County had their hands full Monday afternoon with three fires officials said they believed were caused by lightning strikes. The first two fires ignited near Floyd and burned a combined 40 acres. The third and larger fire burned about 350 acres near Roosevelt roads 12 and […]

City crews work to fill potholes

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Road crews have been working to fix those pesky potholes springing up like wildflowers in Spring. Three city crews have been scattered around town fixing holes created by the combination of cold and wet, snowy weather. Street department Director Jerry Rose said potholes start when moisture penetrates the asphalt. […]

Xcel reports scattered power outages

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas . “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to […]

Power outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated 1,800 Portales residents woke to cold and dark homes after a power outage early Saturday morning. Xcel Energy crews had restored power to most homes by 5 p.m. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation overload cut off power about 3 a.m. and repair crews had to […]

Officials: Less holiday trash collected this year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Volunteers sought for city-wide clean up

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales is looking for organizations and the community to help clean up the city in the annual Trek for Trash. While city crews will be part of the event, officials said Tuesday they are concerned they may be short of volunteers. The event starts 1 p.m. Saturday. “I haven’t […]

Sheriff looking to expand inmate crew services

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sheriff Darren Hooker is looking to expand the services of inmate work crews from public to private property. The crews have long provided cleanup and trash pickup services along public roads and streets. Now, Hooker says they will repair damage to private property if it is due to a […]

Section of Kilgore to close

PNT Staff Report An additional road closure has been scheduled today on Kilgore Avenue between Spruce Street and the traffic light at U.S. 70 expansion at Sunland. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to pave asphalt. Motorists are asked to obey signs and personnel placed around […]

Work continues on square

PNT Staff Report Construction crews will soon begin narrowing streets in Portales around the Roosevelt County courthouse square, starting with South Main Street. City Manager Debi Lee said Tuesday that crews are doing this for their safety while they work on the perimeter of the square. South Main and Second Streets will have a stop […]

Housing changes for CAFB

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has major housing changes scheduled for the next five years as the military moves toward privatized housing. Crews are in the process of demolishing 350 housing units that were built in 1966, according to base officials. Meanwhile, 441 new housing units will be built after […]

Fire destroys abandoned Portales mobile home

PNT Staff Report Portales fire crews responded to a fire alarm Sunday afternoon at an abandoned mobile home on North Globe in Portales. According to Portales firefighters, the alarm sounded at approximately 4:30 and crews were on scene at 4:35. There was no report on the value of damages.

Crews still working on water main

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales experienced another rupture Monday in a 24-inch water main on the west side of city, according to a press release from the city of Portales. It was the third major break in just over two years and flooded some streets and left many residents and […]

June 19, 1980

• City crews installed the last of four new civil defense sirens at the four corners of Portales. • Grand opening specials at the Alco Discount Store included a king size lunch kit for $4.99 and an electric can opener for $8.99 • Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Jane Alexander starred in the Academy Award […]

City officials expect water service to be restored this afternoon

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor UPDATE According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, residents should have water within the next 90 minutes. Crews that are on site of the water break that occurred on Sunday evening have completed installing a valve and pipe to fix the break. Crews are know in […]

Texico residents allowed to go home

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen Texico residents were allowed to return to their homes around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two days after a truck accident resulting in a fuel spill forced their evacuation, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. The residents of five homes in the 300 block of north State […]

Portales left high and dry

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By Karl Terry Portales residents went without showers and flushes for nearly 24 hours on Saturday due to a major water-main break. Water remained off throughout the city until 9 p.m., but officials said they expected it would be flowing again from residential taps before midnight. City officials said a 24-inch major distribution line broke […]