Local officials brace for winter storm

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico is bracing for a winter storm that could dump up to 7 inches of snow and glaze streets and roads over with sleet. School officials will be keeping an eye on things to see if schools need to be canceled or delayed as the storm was […]

It’s their job: Portales man fulfills dream of helping others

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Cody Padgett is a six-year firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. He moved from Lubbock in 1994. Padgett has training in two levels of firefighting and as a hazardous material technician. He is in paramedic school, which will take him a step up from his current intermediate Emergency Medical Technician training. “We’re always going to […]

It’s their job: Emergencies part of job duties

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Keith Wattenbarger moved to Portales 26 years ago to play football on a scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University and decided to stay. Wattenbarger is the Roosevelt County Emergency Management director. He met his wife a week after moving to Portales. They have been married for 21 years and have five children. What is your […]

Emergency volunteers sought

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Interim Fire Chief Gary Nuckols is putting out a call for help, encouraging volunteer emergency medical technicians to step up. Nuckols said the request is in response to an increased volume of calls for assistance in the county, numbers that doubled in just a year. “We’re just looking at […]

City Council selects interim fire chief

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales has selected an interim fire chief to step up when the current chief retires. At the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Tom Howell announced his plans to appoint Portales Battalion Chief and Emergency Medical Services Director Gary Nuckols to serve as interim chief after the Nov. 27 […]

ENMU emergency drill planned

Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled an emergency planning drill for 8-11 a.m. today, although it may end before 11 a.m. The drill involves Portales and campus police trying to apprehend an actor portraying a shooter in the Campus Union Building. Lea Hall, the College of Business and the Campus Union Building will be locked […]

Industrial accident fatal

Emergency responders are working a fatal industrial accident north of St. Vrain. State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers are en route to the scene. According to emergency radio traffic, a road worker was run over by a chip spreader shortly after 12:30 p.m. A medical investigator and chaplain have also been dispatched to the […]

Red Cross seeking volunteers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Scott Snyder had an emergency of sorts Wednesday. He had to get to Clovis, and the plane that would take him there from Albuquerque had mechanical problems at its previous airport. The emergency was solved simply, as Snyder arrived in time for a brainstorming session with local Red Cross […]

Emergency Preparedness Expo set

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer From emergency food storage to ham radio operation, Roosevelt and Curry County residents have a chance to learn how to be ready in case of disasters. “Be Prepared, Not Scared” Emergency Preparedness Expo is set for 8 a.m. to noon June 27 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Jake Lopez […]

Board set up to distribute stimulus money for Curry County food programs

Curry County will receive $6,588 in federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for emergency food and shelter. The federal cash will be distributed to local food and shelter programs that meet a May 29 application deadline. A local board made up of the United Way, Salvation Army, Food Bank, […]

May 30, 1967

Twenty-year-old Wichita Falls, Texas, resident Gary Stewart was being held in the Roosevelt County jail after being unable to pay a $165 fine imposed on him for reckless driving and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle. Stewart, who would also lose his driver’s license for 30 days, was traveling to California and was in […]

Press release: NMAA Board to meet in emergency session

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that school closures in New Mexico are no longer necessary for health reasons.

Portales opposes water authority bill

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted during an emergency meeting Saturday to oppose a draft version of a state legislative bill that would create a water authority for eastern New Mexico. The vote passed 7-0 with Councilor Shawn Watson absent. The draft was discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the Eastern […]

Rodeo wranglers answer EMT call

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airman 1st Class Brian Fox, left, 27th SOMOS, Staff Sgt. Joanna Siavii, center, 27th SOAMS, and Airman 1st Class Dena Olson, 27th SOMDOS, try to stabilize a “gunshot” victim in a mock trauma assessment during the Emergency Medical Technician R By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW […]

Roosevelt County crews help out with Ike’s effects

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Three Roosevelt County emergency medical technicians are scheduled to return soon from aiding in the Hurricane Ike recovery effort.

Blaring complaint addressed by officials

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Concerns and questions were raised about the location of one of four new emergency siren during a Portales City Council meeting. The last item of business discussed during Tuesday’s meeting was the siren that was installed near the intersection of North Avenue O and Spruce Street. Both council members […]

Events Calendar July 9, 2008

TodaySkyWarn class/ emergency management seminar — 1:30 p.m. Becky Sharp Auditorium, College of Business, Eastern New Mexico University. ThursdayPortales Farmers Market — 5 p.m. Corner of West First Street and Avenue B. Star Party/presentation — 7:30 p.m. Oasis State Park, Group Shelter. Information: 356-5331. Monday High Plains Junior Rodeo finals — 6 p.m., Curry County […]

Prepared for emergencies

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Emergency Management staff is close to completing the installation of four new sirens and a reverse 911 calling system to contact Roosevelt County residents. The Roosevelt Emergency Management staff plans to test a siren today on U.S. Highway 70. The four new sirens and the reverse 911 […]

Radio club to host Sky Warn class

PNT Staff Report The Greyhound Amateur Radio Club will co-sponsor a SKY WARN class and Emergency Management seminar July 9 at

Exercise helps airmen prepare for emergency

By Capt. Mae-Li Allison, 27th SOW Public Affairs Representatives from the 27th Special Operations Wing and local community functional areas with emergency management responsibilities met here May 28-29 to discuss how they would respond to natural and man-made disasters. Designated All Hazards Response Training, the “tabletop exercise” encouraged discussion about how Cannon AFB and the […]