Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a […]

Fire near Milnesand contained

PNT staff report Fire burned an estimated 2,596 acres Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Road 35 and Highway 206 near Milnesand, but was contained on Roosevelt Road 35 within half a mile of Roosevelt Road M. “Our main concern was keeping it from Road 33 because there were two structures over there,” said Milnesand Fire Chief […]

Wildfire burns almost 25,000 acres

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Alisa Boswell A fire, which broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon, burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one […]

Wildfires burning near Milnesand, Tucumcari

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico are battling a wind-whipped grass fire near Tatum but have another blaze near Tucumcari 95 percent contained. The so-called Kizer 5 fire has burned an estimated 5,000 acres of state and private land about 15 miles north of Tatum. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says about six […]

Grass fire burns over 3,000 acres

Thirty fire department units, and 60 personnel, responded to a grass fire 20 miles south of Elida and 15 miles west of Milnesand on Sunday morning. According to Elida Fire Department Chief Rusty Cater and Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon, fire units from Arch, Milnesand, Elida, Causey, Dora, Floyd, Portales, Melrose and Tatum responded […]

Commissioners reject Milnesand center

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has declined to accept ownership of the Milnesand Community Center. Commissioners voted unanimously on the issue at their meeting Tuesday morning in the county courthouse. Members of the Milnesand community had asked the county to take ownership of the center so the county would pay […]

Poster contest promotes Prairie Chicken Festival

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to show off their work, too. The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with […]

July 2, 2008 Local Briefs

ENMU-Roswell honors presidentEastern New Mexico University-Roswell is hosting a retirement reception for Judy Armstrong, who is retiring as president of the campus, from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building in Roswell. The public is welcome.Milnesand plans Sunday reunionThe Milnesand Community Reunion will be held Sunday at the Milnesand Community Building.Registration begins at 9 […]

Prairie Chickens take stage

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed anticipation for a look at the first lesser prairie chicken of the day. “I think they’re still asleep,” one voice from the darkened passenger van spoke up. A few minutes later a cackle […]

Determination leads to development

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With determination and money from his own pocket, Elton Parkinson set out in 1979 to establish and build a fire department for the Milnesand community. “We were so far down here we were kind of unprotected,” Parkinson said of the decision to start the department. Since the inception of the […]

The Mating Game

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a lonely ranch road near Milnesand. Inside are people from various parts of New Mexico and Texas who sacrificed a few hours of sleep to witness one of the stranger wonders […]

Storm spotters alert area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include […]

Feb. 11, 1978

Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Melton of Milnesand have been informed that their son-in-law, Staff Sergeant Harrie Black has received the U. S. Air Force Commendation medal at Mountain Home, Idaho Air Force Base. Sergeant Black, a fabric leather rubber repair technician was decorated for meritorious service while assigned to Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Vietnam. […]

Winning artwork chosen for prairie chicken festival

PNT Staff Report MILNESAND — A watercolor painting by Ranchos de Taos artist Valerie Graves has been selected as the winner of the 2006 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. Graves will receive $300 for her winning artwork of lesser prairie chickens at sunrise, which will be reproduced as a poster and distributed at […]

County News, Briefs

Local Briefs Free radon tests available The New Mexico Environment Department is offering free residential radon test kits, while supplies last, during its January campaign against indoor radon. According to a press release from NMED, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in most soils. It is linked to lung cancer when individuals are […]

Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Churches The Dora Baptist youth will have charge of worship services this Sunday. Kolby Tollett will have charge of preaching. The youth singers and band will do all the music. From greeters to ushers, all will be youth. Elementary age are already busy working their Christmas program. They started Sunday afternoon and […]

July 13 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There has been more rain from showers in this area and on to the Texas line than farther north. The most I’ve heard about was in the Richland and Garrison area, one inch and up to one-and-a-half inches. Causey concerns All of this area, but especially the Causey residents are really concerned […]

July 6 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The reunion in the Milnesand Community Building last Sunday. There were about 60 or so present for a meal and activities. Wesley McAfee was present and had charge of bringing a message from God’s word. He has retired from his regular church pastoring and he has moved back to Portales. Bro. Lewis […]

April 13 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The Milnesand prairie chicken festival weekend was a success. The ladies had a good weekend preparing and serving food to all who attended. Milnesand Baptist Rick Wilcher gave the sermon at the church Sunday in the absence of Bro. Bert Morgan. Accident Nell King called me to tell me about her husband, […]

Festival attracts U.S. bird watchers

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Portales this weekend to attend the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the lesser prairie chicken’s mating ritual. Right before the springtime sunrise, male prairie chickens congregate […]