Housing changes for CAFB

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has major housing changes scheduled for the next five years as the military moves toward privatized housing. Crews are in the process of demolishing 350 housing units that were built in 1966, according to base officials. Meanwhile, 441 new housing units will be built after […]

Chili crop checked by available labor

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter said labor issues and crop prices have affected just how much chili he grows. Ledbetter, who has been growing chili for seven years, said he has six people helping with this year’s harvest of green chili, which he sells at the Farmers’ Markets in Clovis […]

FSA county committee nominations beginning

PNT Staff Report Farmer and rancher candidate nominations begin today for local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to a news release. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1, and elections take place this fall. “I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” […]

History of peanuts in area illustrated by equipment

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Relics from another era in Roosevelt County agriculture were stopping lots of people and causing many to reminisce about peanut harvests gone by Tuesday at the 16th annual Ag Expo. Dennis Harper of Portales is displaying antique peanut diggers and threshers at this year’s Expo. The display is a […]

Sept. 25, 1969

• Portales residents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Johns were preparing to travel to Seoul, Korea where Mr. Johns will be an advisor to Korean manufacturing firms under the auspices of International Executive Services Corps. The couple had served as Vista workers for the past year. • During a meeting of the Roosevelt County Soil and Water […]

September 23, 1969

• Portales residents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Johns were preparing to travel to Seoul, Korea where Mr. Johns will be an advisor to Korean manufacturing firms under the auspices of International Executive Services Corps. The couple had served as Vista workers for the past year. • During a meeting of the Roosevelt County Soil and Water […]

Organic peanut production on rise in N.M.

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center in Clovis. Puppala’s area of specialty is in peanut breeding and genetics. Q. Why is New Mexico ranked No. 1 in organic peanut production? A. Mainly because we have a suitable climate. We do not get as much […]

Making the grade

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could be used to make a limited number of items because the quality was poor. But farmers these days are celebrating a higher quality product, according to many in the industry. Regionally grown cotton, once used […]

Banquet kicks off Ag Expo

By Tony Parra Trent Loos’ message on Monday night at the banquet launching the 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo was clear: Stand up for the life of a farmer and rancher. Loos refers to himself as an agriculture activist and said he spoke at 30 states last year. He urged audience members to teach […]

Communities gather to share views on water issues

Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told those […]