Snowfall hits area again

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Freedom New Mexico Rain greeted early morning travelers Wednesday but gave way to snow about 11 a.m. across the region. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Shoemake in Albuquerque said the snow was expected to continue overnight. He said by noon today the clouds and storm will most likely break up and move to the east. […]

Press Release: Winter storm advisory

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON MST THURSDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON MST THURSDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 4 INCHES OF WET SNOW IS EXPECTED. * TIMING…A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS […]

High wind warning

The National Weather Service in albuquerque has issued a high wind warning in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. West to southwest winds of 35 to 45 m.p.h. with gusts up to 60 or 65 m.p.h. are expected. The strongest winds are expected across Guadalupe, DeBaca and Chaves counties. Blowing dust is possible, […]

Handful of accidents reported in Portales

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By Sharna Johnson and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police responded to 35 weather-related crashes in the city Thursday in a little more than two hours. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the accident calls started coming in just after 7 a.m. and continued until nearly 10 a.m. Of the morning crashes, only one had a […]

Weather precautions in place

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Many residents of Clovis and Portales will have their eyes peeled on the weather, either through looking at the conditions directly or through updates via various media, as a cold front is expected to move through eastern New Mexico on Tuesday. That’s also true for Curry and Roosevelt County […]

Police chief investigation conclusion expected next week

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The investigation into the Tucumcari police chief’s use of a Taser on a 14-year-old girl has not been completed. City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday the investigation firm handling the case requested additional documentation Thursday and she anticipates a conclusion next week. Chief Roger Hatcher remains on paid administrative […]

Final budget approval on school board agenda

PNT Staff Report The final budget for the next fiscal year is expected to be approved at a meeting Monday of the Portales Municipal School Board.

Commanders’ wives expected to lead

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Being friends with your boss’ wife is always tricky but in the military it can be even more challenging. Picture my husband’s boss’ wife holding my hair back while I puke. It doesn’t exactly translate into a great first impression, let alone a good move for his career. But that’s […]

Legislators warn of short funds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With a budget shortfall estimated as high as $454 million because of a slumping economy and lower-than-expected oil and natural gas prices, legislators told attendants at Friday’s Association of Commerce and Industry legislative breakfast not to get hopes up for various capital outlay projects. “I would love to fund […]

ENMU hoops teams hope to pull surprises

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Based on the Lone Star Conference South Division polls, not much is expected of Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams this season — both were picked for last place in the seven-team circuits. With practice starting Wednesday afternoon, men’s coach Shawn Scanlan and women’s coach Linden Weese hope their […]

Civilian employment at CAFB higher than expected

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base maintained a higher than expected civilian workforce during its transition to a special operations wing. The Civil Service workforce at Cannon dropped from 730 in 2006 to 570 at present. However, the civilian personnel office is looking to fill 50 positions on base, according to Cannon Public Affairs […]

TB testing expected for state’s cattle

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom Newspapers By Chelle Delaney Quay County Sun Mandatory bovine tuberculosis testing is expected to be extended to the whole state starting next week, according to the state veterinarian and officials of the New Mexico Livestock Board. New Mexico is expected to be added to a list of states that have been […]

Portales Christian band’s music on the rise

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales Christian rock band Third Morning Rise is making a name for itself after only a year playing together. The four-member band is leaving for the Christian music festival Rock the Desert in Midland, Texas, today where crowds are expected to number 50,000 or more. The members admit they’re […]

Xcel: Controlled outages possible

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday controlled power outages in the Texas-New Mexico region are a possibility if generators at two area coal burning plants remain off-line. In the meantime, customers are being asked to continue to reduce electricity demand in light of the unplanned repairs and expected high demand due to heat. […]

Junior rodeo under way in Clovis

By Keely McDowell The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are a 30-year tradition in Clovis, and are important for the contestants as well as the community, according to organizers. With 135 contestants registered to compete in the week-long event at the Curry County Fairgrounds, the rodeo is expected to draw around 500 people to […]

Shafer expected tough decisions

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer After 34 years in city politics, former Portales Mayor D.K. Shafer, jokingly says he’s now a “has been” in local government. The recently retired councilor has had his share of battles over the years. “When Portales was dry for a long time and then became wet in the 1980s, […]

Storm brings snow to N.M.

Staff and wire reports The National Weather Service on Friday issued a winter storm warning — which means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely — for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 5 p.m. today. Snow accumulation was expected to be 2 to 4 inches by daybreak today, according to the NWS. An […]

Cannon’s 2007: Once-targeted base now has special mission

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing now calls Cannon Air Force Base home a little more than two years after nearly being shuttered. Known as the Air Commandos, the special ops wing assumed ownership of the base in October. Col. Timothy Leahy, a 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native, who previously […]

Caution urged on area roads

PNT Staff Officials were urging caution on eastern New Mexico roads this morning due to overnight snowfall. A winter weather advisory ended at 6 a.m, but weather forecasters warned blowing snow and fog would continue late into the morning. Winds were expected in the 15-to-25 mph range, with gusts to 35 mph. Wind-chill factors will […]

More wintry weather coming

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Friday’s snowfall was just the beginning of a wintry weekend, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, 1 to 4 inches of snow are expected fall in Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties with similar conditions expected through the Texas Panhandle. Residents on Friday woke to flurries and […]