Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson Officials estimate a fire Saturday on the Curry and Quay county line burned 20,000 to 25,000 acres. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department said the number is a rough estimate and officials will get a better figure in daylight. Five structures were burned but there were no injuries, she […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: First responders deserve thanks

First responders deserve thanks On behalf of the Portales Fire Department administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fire departments, emergency management, law enforcement, county road departments, C&S Oil, KSEL radio, Great Wide, First Baptist Church in Portales, University Baptist Church and all individuals for their assistance […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Military feature: Base, Clovis firefighters train in joint exercise at Cannon

Jared Tucker Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis fire departments teamed up July 26 for their annual airplane fire response training at the base. The two-hour training exercise is a Federal Aviation Administration requirement for fire departments that serve airports, according to Clovis Fire Department Training Officer Rick Potter. “The easiest and the cheapest and […]

Obama administration’s support for GI Bill reform conditional

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Senior officials at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have joined veterans’ groups and representatives of academia to endorse a comprehensive bill from Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to reform the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Still to be determined is how to pay for the many provisions in the Post-9/11 Veterans […]

Fire at Western Star Dairy

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High winds and temperatures are hampering firefighters’ efforts to stop a silage fire Thursday at a Roosevelt County dairy. Steven Cain of Portales and Floyd fire departments said feed caught fire at Western Star Dairy, and the blaze spread into a large pile of silage, including the plastic and tires covering it. He said firefighters […]

Fire departments to use grants for water tanks

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two Roosevelt County fire departments have received grants allowing them to provide better service while lowering home insurance premiums for residents. Floyd and Arch fire departments learned Monday they were chosen to receive $100,000 each through the state Fire Marshal’s Office Grant Council. The money is earmarked for water […]

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

PNT Staff Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry Road […]

City painstakingly rebuilding Web site

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Take a complicated Web site, one with a vast amount of content from several different departments, then write down the gist of each page on a corresponding 4×4-inch post-it note — and then stick them all on a huge poster board almost the size of a single wall. That […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

For Immediate Release Contact: Deborah BusemeyerCell: 505-470-2290 or Beverly Friedman, Public Education Dept.Cell: 795-0180 Health, Public Education Departments Advise No Reason to Close Schools for Health Reasons Local Schools Districts to Decide How, When to Reopen 16 Closed Schools (Santa Fe) – Based on new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

House considering creation of two cabinet-level departments

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Soup benefit raises money for music and English departments

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The sound of music will fill the city of Floyd one week from tonight as the school presents the fifth annual Love Soup Extravaganza to benefit its music department. Carol Lang, who has been teaching music to pre-schoolers through seventh-graders for 11 years, started the event as a fundraiser […]

Firefighters to keep funding

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members approved a resolution on Tuesday entering into a joint powers agreement for wildland fire suppression between the Portales Fire Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The agreement will allow for the fire department to continue to receive funding from the state for […]

Students show appreciation for fire, police departments

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Steven Cain, Chuck Haman and Chief John Bridges of the Portales Fire Department try some of the home-baked items presented to them Tuesday. The items were baked by Portales High School junior and senior girls for both the fire department and the police department. According to PHS Secretary Corrine Gonzales, the project was a way […]

Firefighter protection bill introduced

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A bill protecting wildland firefighters from criminal prosecution has been introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by Rep. Keith Gardner R-Roswell. The second-term representative said the bill is in response to concerns raised this fall by volunteer firefighters in eastern New Mexico about standards contained in new joint powers […]

City OKs wildland fire agreement

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave their OK on a new joint powers agreement with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department pertaining to reimbursement of wildland firefighting costs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. But it came on a split vote. Portales Fire Department Chief Raul Muniz was present to […]

Area fire departments seeing red

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor State requirements calling for higher levels of firefighter certification for reimbursement on wildland fires have area fire departments poised to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Local fire departments recently learned that their agreements with New Mexico State Forestry will be canceled in the next 90 days […]

Fire chiefs concerned about ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Residents living in Roosevelt County wishing to perform a controlled burn must have fire departments on stand-by as part of the ban that was kept intact by county commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. Local area fire departments are concerned with the issue of stand-by’s for a couple of […]