Honor rolls — April 3

Melrose Elementary First grade April Arenivar Aiden Aikman Brody McAlister Paityn Nicholson Johanna Roybal Katelynn Skinner Matthew Tello

Dec. 13 Honors

McAlister Aileen McAlister, a Texas master florist and owner of Butterfly Floral in Portales, was pinned New Mexico master advanced florist at the New Mexico State Florist Association Convention in Albuquerque on Sept. 9. Aileen is one of six New Mexico floral designers chosen to go to Pasadena, Calif., to work on the New Mexico […]

Long-time county agent McAlister remembered

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Just days before the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair opens, fair lovers have learned of the death of one of its biggest supporters. Floyd McAlister, who was Roosevelt County Extension agent for more than 22 years, died late Wednesday in Lubbock. He was 64. People are remembering him as the […]

Playing in the park

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A festive atmosphere filled the air as families filled City Park in Portales during the 23rd annual Heritage Days on Saturday. A variety of floats kicked off the festivities. The parade traveled down Second Street from Eastern New Mexico University to City Park, where festivities were already underway. “It […]

Rains reach near record

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor March 2007 will go into the record books as one of the wettest in more than a half century in Roosevelt County. The 2.83 inches of rain is the most since 1948, according to meteorologist Bryan Guyer at the Albuquerque office of the NWS. Most of last month’s precipitation […]

McAlister says goodbyes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer To honor his more than 22 years of service as the Roosevelt County Extension Agent, family and friends gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to Floyd McAlister during a retirement reception. “He’s just a wonderful person to work with,” said Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Home Economist. Moyers, who has […]

McAlister honored at Ag Expo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd McAlister was honored Wednesday for his longtime support of the agriculture industry and the community during a celebration at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. McAlister served more than 22 years as the Roosevelt County extension agent, during which time he started the Ag Expo. “Floyd has […]

Chamber honors longtime residents

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Surprise was evident and awards were presented during Saturday’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. “I’m speechless,” said Frankye King, as she came forward to receive the Workhorse of the Year award. King has been involved in many organizations throughout the years, from raising money for Roosevelt General Hospital […]

County ag agent enjoys work

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community and a lifetime of agriculture experience and knowledge, Floyd McAlister, has traveled a path that has led to many accomplishments and achievements. McAlister received a degree from Texas Tech in Agriculture and Extension Education, and taught vocational agriculture for three years before […]

Peanut producers participate in field day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area peanut producers and researchers came together yesterday for the annual Peanut Field Day that was held at several locations, throughout Roosevelt and Curry counties. The group gathered together to hear presentations about various techniques and experiments being used to farm peanuts. According to Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension […]

N.M. Ag Expo preparing for 14th year

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Ag Expo held each year can be best described as the face of the community. The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and […]

Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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By William Thompson Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of weeks his crop will fail. Miller grows wheat and grazes cattle at his farm off state Highway 236, about 13 miles […]

Bees raise concerns for county officials

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer An unusual amount of buzzing is going on around the county and county officials are receiving many calls about bee problems. Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County ag extension agent, reported an unusual amount of calls about bees in Roosevelt County during the county commission meeting on Tuesday morning. “I know […]

Mad cow scare causes cattle prices to drop

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, local ranchers […]

Committee to lobby for fairground funds

Mike Linn County officials and residents have formed a committee to lobby for federal funding to revamp the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Ag. Extension Agent Floyd McAlister presented a case for pursuing funds to the Roosevelt County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting, stating increased capacity would make the Fairgrounds more attractive to exhibitors at the […]

Agriculture top water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]