Woman injured in explosion dies in hospital

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home Wednesday has died in a Lubbock hospital. Clytie Calton, 91, whose family owned and operated Calton Furniture in Portales, died late Saturday morning. Services are pending for Calton with Wheeler Mortuary. Family members smelled natural gas odorant inside the […]

Gas company: Explosions rare occurrences

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor While investigators haven’t pinpointed a cause for Wednesday’s deadly explosion at the Clytie Calton residence, members of the family have said they smelled gas prior to the explosion. Calton died Saturday from injuries sustained in that explosion. If it turns out to be caused by natural gas, it won’t […]

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Time to hit brakes on gas consumption

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico With the holidays upon us and with the outrageous cost of gasoline expected to get even more pocket-heavy, here are some tips to help save gas. As Americans, our response to possible resource shortages has been typical with these latest gasoline hikes, which are at unbelievable $3.15 a gallon. […]

Cost of home heating on rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The cost of heating your home will likely rise this year. But unless you’re using propane, eastern New Mexico residents may avoid the huge increases predicted in some parts of the country. According to PNM officials, the cost of natural gas is likely to be close to the same […]

Gas leak cause of courthouse evacuation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Courthouse was evacuated late Tuesday morning while a gas leak was being investigated, according to County Manager Charlene Hardin. The evacuation cleared the district courtroom where jury selection was in progress for the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, of Clovis. The two are […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]

Chain e-mail won’t lower gas prices

By Kevin Wilson With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction of a candidate […]

Gas prices on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A recent spike in local gas prices has area businesses and residents reeling at the pumps. With 19 semi-trucks traveling on the road across the country, Welch Trucking is feeling the effects of the rising fuel prices, which jumped about 10 cents a gallon in the last few days. […]

Jan. 10, 1960

When Miss Maria Friesen encountered an emergency at her apartment Saturday, she couldn’t use her telephone because it was tied up by another customer on the party line. Miss Friesen, associate professor in home economics at ENMU, struck a match to light a gas heater. The wall cutoff dropped out and the gas was escaping […]

Farmers support proposed initiative

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Local dairy farmers support the idea of turning manure into electricity, and now that Gov. Bill Richardson wants state incentives to encourage the idea, they say it’s more feasible than ever. “Local dairies here have been wanting to do some projects, but we need help,” said Art Schaap, a […]

Christmas form letter simplifies annual tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m running behind schedule this Christmas season. I’m just getting around to writing, or should I say, filling in my annual multiple-choice Christmas letter. It’s the ultimate form letter. Just circle the category that applies and bah hum bug! This standard letter is as personalized as a White House Christmas […]

Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

Heating safety hot topic

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer According to the National Weather Service this winter is likely to be warmer than the 30-year norm but cooler than last winter. The national weather service anticipates that El Nino should bring a wetter winter as well. So with a cooler winter predicted, is your heater up to snuff? […]

Gas line breaks along U.S. 70

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to cork the gas leak on the PNM line on Kimberly Drive stretched into the evening. By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the gas leak had been sealed, according […]

Gas prices expected to climb

Freedom Newspapers Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Gas war rages on North Prince Street in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded gasoline at Town and Country and Allsup’s convenience stores on North Prince Street was priced at $2.29 per gallon Tuesday afternoon, which is 52¢ below the city average and more than 70¢ below […]

Local oil wells reactivated

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Orbit Petroleum recently activated seven more oil and gas wells in the southern tip of Roosevelt County, bringing their total number of active wells to 35, according to a company press release. The Oklahoma City-based company has plans to re-activate an additional 25 wells in what is known as […]

Governor asks oil industry to help

The Associated Press The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has called on the oil and gas industry for a second time to pitch in $50 million to help consumers with high gasoline prices, but an industry leader says supply will have to increase and demand must decrease before prices will come down. […]

Gas prices may teach us to sacrifice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Is everybody out there ready for $5-a-gallon gasoline? Evidently it won’t be long before a gallon of gas will be selling for more than a gallon of milk. Then again, with the price of fuel rising I suppose the price of milk and just about everything else will go […]