County to receive emergency management grants

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County will receive $42,500 in emergency management grants. The grants are from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and distributed through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. City of Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said Roosevelt County received money for three projects. Wattenbarger said $20,000 would [...]

Masons honor emergency responders

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Argen Duncan Members of the Portales Masonic Lodge thanked local emergency services personnel and recognized long-standing Masons at a dinner Monday night at the lodge. The Masons invited Portales and Roosevelt County firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. The evening also included presentations about different branches and charitable projects of the Free Masons. [...]

‘Blowing up’ happens to everyone

Grant McGee Have you ever had enough on the job? Blown up at a customer? Lately folks have been talking about this since that airline attendant cussed out passengers, then slid down an emergency chute into his 15 minutes of fame, two brewskis in hand. I blew up at a customer once upon a time, [...]

Ham radio operators gather for mock emergency

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock emergency Saturday and Sunday at Clovis Community College. The weekend event is called the Amateur Radio Relay League. For recently retired Master Sgt. Jeff Hardy from [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Emergency tips, basketball camp and UFOs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Emergency tips Are you interested in the preparation for emergencies in Portales and Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets 4-5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Memorial Building in Portales. Call Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas [...]

Fire officials using decals to warn motorists

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Portales Fire Department has new safety decals on two of its vehicles that firefighters say should make responding to emergencies much safer. The new decals are part of a campaign designed to create awareness about pulling to the right side of the street when emergency vehicles are approaching, [...]

Preparation key in tornado season

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The last major tornado touched down in March 2007, several weeks before the usual tornado season, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency management directors in Curry and Roosevelt counties say [...]

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 [...]