Lightning cancels cross country meet

Freedom New Mexico JOPLIN, Mo. — Saturday’s Missouri Southern Stampede cross country meet was cancelled due to lighning storms in the area. Eastern New Mexico University’s teams were scheduled to participate. The Greyhounds and Zias are idle until Oct. 1 when they travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the Oklahoma State Jamboree. “We’re very disappointed that […]

Military mama: Soothing children’s fears part of parental duties

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There are so many times in life that I wish that I were more eloquent and far faster on the trigger when it comes to answering tricky questions. I never thought that I would be stumped long before the birds and the bees need be addressed.

Military mama: Soothing children’s fears part of parental duties

There are so many times in life that I wish that I were more eloquent and far faster on the trigger when it comes to answering tricky questions. I never thought that I would be stumped long before the birds and the bees need be addressed. It started with a lightning storm. Kaleb is terrified […]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, rummage time and lightning strikes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Calling all gardners. There’s an organization out to do a bee census of sorts and they want your help. YourGardenShow.com is asking gardners and any other nature lovers to spent July 18 counting bees. It’s part of a nationwide effort to help […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 through May 3. The burns are intended to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 through May 3. The burns are intended to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Hounds take series with 8-0 victory

Freedom New Mexico Senior right-hander Russell Campbell pitched an abbreviated one-hit shutout and Eastern New Mexico University roughed up Central Oklahoma 8-0 on Sunday at Greyhound Field, taking its third win in the four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. The contest, scheduled for nine innings, was delayed for an hour by lightning after the first […]

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

Lightning strikes spark fires

Freedom New Mexico A late-morning thunderstorm and lightning strikes kept Portales firefighters busy Wednesday. Lightning sparked seven grass fires in parts mostly to the south and east of Portales, according to Fire Chief John Bridges. The biggest was a blaze over approximately 150 to 200 acres south of Arch. All of the fires were extinguished […]

Awareness week focuses on severe weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Thunder crashes, the wind rages and hailstones fall. What do you do? With severe thunderstorm season just beginning in eastern New Mexico, the area could experience high winds, hail, flooding, lightning strikes and sometimes tornadoes. Jesus A. Haro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Lightning sparks grass fires

PNT Staff Report According to Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger, area fire departments were kept busy Monday night and early Tuesday morning with several grass fires sparked by lightning as a storm moved across the county south of Portales. The largest of those fires was reported around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday on Roosevelt Road […]

Lighting sparks firefighters attention

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. […]

Fire burns 4,500 acres near Floyd

A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been almost a […]

Aug. 31 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael: PNT Correspondent The showers have been much smaller this past week and there is no hail reported in the area. On Monday of last week hail was reported east of Rogers and on in the Arch area. There was also a lot of “electrical” displays from lightning across the area. Several reported […]

Businesses feel different effects from rain

By Tony Parra Businesses and utility companies had opposite situations during the stormy weather on Tuesday and each felt the effects in different ways. Roosevelt County Electric employees were busy repairing power lines and bringing power back to homes during the stormy weather on Tuesday night. “They (workers) had to deal with a lot of […]

Weather expert expected injuries

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By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers A meteorologist said he’s surprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were injured by lightning near New Mexico […]

June 23 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Rain, rain, rain! The heavens finally opened. The past week or so has been a little different weather-wise. The Lord has surely answered our prayers for rain. The first in the area was the first part of last week but too late for my news. It was heavier in some areas, I […]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]

Safety the key issue of Little League forfeit

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]