Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Honors —

Ritch Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Pat Ritch as auxilian of the month for February. Ritch joined the auxiliary in January 2008. She volunteers in the gift shop.

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s insurance. “When […]

Feb. 15 — Elida news

Schedule February 14: Clovis Christian, T, JH G 7th, JH B, 4 p.m. (make-up game) February 17: San Jon, H, V G&B, 5:30 February 19: Roy, H, 7th G, JH B, V G&B, 1 p.m.

School board positions to be filled by February

Superintendent Randy Fowler said four Portales school board positions will be filled in a Feb. 1 election. Candidates have one day to file — Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office.

Portales past: Sept. 27, 1945

Portales Daily News: Fred Otto, Lowell Harp, Price Gandy, Henry Wright, Ralph Newman, Aaron Alston and Wilburn Welch, who left Roosevelt County in in February 1941, along with all the 45th Division, received their discharges at Fort Bliss and have come home.

My turn: Serious anglers find ways to fish

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Clarence Plank Avid anglers go through some serious effort when it comes to catching that prize-winning fish for their next meal. Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder is one serious angler. When Kryder went to Oasis State Park in February, she found the pond covered with more than an inch of ice except for a […]

Experts: Milk industry financial troubles causing unemployment jump

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials say financial ripples in the milk industry are the major reason unemployment has jumped across Curry and Roosevelt counties. Those same officials believe it will be short lived as the industry emerges from its economic difficulty. The latest data released Thursday shows in February, unemployment in Roosevelt […]

Free hearing screenings scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Speech and Hearing Clinic is set to conduct free hearing screenings for children and adults during February, March and April. Sessions are by appointment. Information and appointments: 562-2156.

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]

Museum offers free visits

Residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties receive free admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque during February. Proof of residency is required. Also, on Feb. 10, everyone is admitted free of charge. Admission to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium costs the regular amount in both of the […]

Candidates sign up for school board elections

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There are two contested races for February’s Roosevelt County school board elections — both in Elida. Dora and Floyd each have three candidates running unopposed, while Portales has two incumbents running unopposed, board president Alan Garrett and David Brooks. In Elida, incumbent Scott Burton faces a challenge for his […]

Oasis will remain dry until February

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer New Mexico State Parks officials hope to have the fishing pond at Oasis State Park fixed by early next year. The three-acre pond has been closed since February when park officials drained it after discovering a leak, according to Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary. The state parks department […]

Looking back

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer EDITOR’S NOTE — The following is the first in a three-part series taking a look at major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This first installment looks at January, February, March and April. In 2006, news in Roosevelt County was shaped by a bursting dairy industry, […]

Plans moving forward for February bond election

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal School District is moving forward with plans to hold a bond election in February. The plan is to keep the rate as close as possible to the current rate while extending the district’s bond payout period, according to Superintendent Randy Fowler. At Monday’s school board meeting, members […]

Reports detail deficiencies at PRMC

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center officials breached federal regulations regarding administering drugs, disposal of medical waste and documenting quality control, according to a federal report issued after a February inspection of the hospital. The Clovis hospital was found to be deficient in 13 federal requirements for hospitals, according to the […]

Cheese plant, Cannon expansion and Ute Water Project are big stories early in year

Editor’s note: The following is a brief look at the stories that made news locally in 2006. The PNT will run the year-in-review in each of the coming issues through at least Jan. 1. January 2, 2005 • Bradley sees big things for cheese plant — Former Lt. Gov. and Clovis native Walter Bradley was […]

Feb. 10 Obituaries

Robert W. Brown, 86 Robert W. Brown, 86, of Stockton, Calif., formerly of Portales, passed away Monday, February 7, 2005, at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Stockton. He was born February 11, 1918 in Oklahoma to the home of Ora and Paul W. Brown and was the husband of Kathleen (Owen) Brown, who survives […]

Black history deserves more than February

Jim Lee Since Saturday was the vernal equinox, the first day of spring (according to the calendar anyway), I have an easy choice for a topic this week. Of course, as we all know by now, that means I’ll go on and on about something totally unrelated to that. I neglected to write about the […]

Yes, there are reasons for having a leap year

Jim Lee Another leap year has leapt upon us. As always, the occasion causes me to scratch my rapidly graying cranium in profound confusion. I have a difficult time struggling to understand calendar stuff. Why do we need an extra day in February every few years, and why is February shorter than the other months […]