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 […]