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 […]

Editorial: Risk-takers should suffer consequences

The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other peoples’ money in […]

Severe thunderstorm causes damage in Logan

Freedom New Mexico Staff Logan was cleaning up Saturday after a violent thunderstorm produced damage around the community. At 8:58 p.m. Friday the National Weather Service in Albuquerque received a report of damage from wind gusts of 71 mph from residents in Logan, said Meteorologist Jonathan Suk. The wind knocked a mobile home off it’s […]

Intense storm hits near Arch

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PNT Staff Report A strong thunderstorm and wind damage left one Portales family believing they had a close encounter with a twister Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service staff in Albuquerque said they tracked what was a pretty impressive storm near Arch around 7 p.m. Wednesday, but they never got any firm indication of a […]

Mobile home catches fire, no one harmed

Freedom New Mexico An unoccupied mobile home suffered excessive damage when it caught fire Friday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Firefighters were called to the home, located at 324 Ewing St. on the west side of Clovis, around 7:30 a.m., Westerman said. “The extinguishment was uneventful,” he said. “The cause of the fire […]

October 11, 1988

• The Portales Fire Department responded to a house fire on North Avenue K. It was believed the fire was caused by a gas dryer malfunction. The fire gutted the laundry room and caused extensive smoke damage throughout the home. It was estimated that the fire caused $10,000 worth of damage. No one was injured […]

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]

April 19, 1972

• All units from the Portales Fire Department and one truck from Dora responded to a peanut hull fire just south of the Hinderliter Animal Clinic. Due to high winds, several small grass fires were continually starting from the initial blaze. The fire was brought under control around midnight. A truck and peanut trailer sustained […]

Tornado weakened before hitting Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The March 23 tornado weakened before hitting Clovis, according to a National Weather Service tornado expert. Keith Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist with Albuquerque’s NWS, said the tornado was at its strongest about the time it hit Grande Vida Dairy on the Cacahuate Road nine miles east of Portales and as it was churning […]

Friona residents remember twister of 1995

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He said, […]

FEMA arrives to assess damage

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers It could take up to a month to decide if Curry County government agencies and residents qualify for federal aid, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. FEMA officials arrived in New Mexico on Tuesday to assess the damage left by a string of tornadoes that devastated areas of Quay, Roosevelt […]