Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson Approximately 71,000 acres burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties in a massive grass fire April 17 — more than four times initial estimates, making the fire the area’s largest in more than 30 years. Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said last week he drove the fire line to survey […]

Most crops escape major hail damage

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Argen Duncan Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive rain have caused problems in several places. Tom Dannelley of Eastern Plains Insurance Corp. said he’d received about 10 claims for hail damage to crops in Roosevelt County, which is about normal. “There have been some scattered around, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Hail damage and video games

Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing

Weekend hail causes widespread damage

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer Mother Nature brought hail, rain and widespread damage to property over the weekend, which meant a big headache to auto body shops and insurance companies on Monday. George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body Shop in Clovis, said he has received 165 new claims since 6 a.m. Monday morning. […]

Winds cause damage throughout area

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Winds peaking at speeds of around 60 mph caused damage around Portales on Monday morning, but slowed in the afternoon. Brent Wachter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said winds at Cannon Air Force Base peaked at 59 mph, while the Clovis weather station registered a […]

Sept. 22, 1978

The Portales News-Tribune reported that city police officers were checking out the damage as well as searching for clues as to what type of vehicle ran into the Wheeler Mortuary warehouse on First Street and Austin Avenue. Skid marks indicate the vehicle slid 256 feet before striking the corner of the building.

Workday scheduled to repair Habitat house

PNT staff Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties has scheduled a volunteer workday today to repair recent vandalism to the newest Habitat house. The workday is set for 8 a.m. until midafternoon, with lunch provided about 11:30 a.m., at 309 E. Kaywood Street. Volunteers will continue repairing vandalized appliances and water damage, as […]

High winds cause damage in Roosevelt County

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Clarence Plank Roosevelt County and city of Portales residents were running for cover Friday after a severe storm brought high winds estimated to have reached 75 mph by the National Weather Service. The storm blew down trees, power lines and a sign, and took the roof off of two buildings in Portales.Roosevelt County Emergency Management […]

Two treated for smoke inhalation in house fire

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation Tuesday during an early morning house fire. Paramedics administered oxygen to the homeowner and a Portales police officer as treatment. The Portales Fire Department got the call at 4:22 a.m. to a home at 1312 S. Abilene Street. The fire started in the bathroom near the ceiling heater […]

Wind damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Friends Kayla Sanders, left, and George Garcia have a mess to clean up in Garcia’s backyard. Sunday’s strong winds brought down a tree from a neighboring property, taking down Garcia’s chain link fence and an electrical wire. The tree landed on a few bicycles Garica had in the backyard, where […]