My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Shave a few seconds off your morning routine with Schick Intuition razor

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Moms need to save every second they can get, so we recommend you try the new Schick Intuition Renewing Moisture in pomegranate. The four-blade razor is set in the middle of a solid conditioning bar that replaces the need for shaving cream. It cushions the blade and adds moisture to your skin. It takes a […]

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

Dry weather plagues counties

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Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these last six month: Dry. Bone dry, say officials who keep track. The National Weather Service said New Mexico average precipitation for March was ranked as the third driest since 1895, when they started keeping count. The weather service reports from October through March, Clovis received […]

Heavy rainfall expected for weekend

Clarence Plank Roosevelt and Curry counties, along with much of eastern New Mexico, could get drenched during the Fourth of July holiday, courtesy of a hurricane hundreds of miles to the south. Local emergency management leaders are also warning of possible flash flooding. Two to 4 inches of rain are being forecasted and experts say […]

Cooler temperatures hinder planting

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cool spring has slowed planting, but the moisture means an optimistic outlook for the harvest, Roosevelt County farmers have said. “The cold temperatures affected it (planting) terribly,” said Kevin Breshears, who farms and has a custom harvesting business. Joanna Baker, whose family grows organic peanuts in the Floyd […]

Topsoil safe from wind

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Along with the moisture we’ve enjoyed over the late winter and early spring it seems like we’ve been blessed with fewer windy days than normal. After this past week a newcomer to the area might shake their head and think I’m crazy for saying we’ve had fewer windy days. No […]

Jan. 19, 1966

According to the Portales News-Tribune, a two and a half inch snow which fell within two hours last night has brought Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico its first moisture of the new year. The snow came after a weekend of cold weather during which a low of 12 degrees was recorded Monday.

May 6, 1963

The wife of Dora farmer Kenneth Victor told the Portales-News Tribune that the recent hailstorm that covered the ground with golf ball-sized hailstones had destroyed 75 percent of her husband’s crop. The storm dropped more than an inch of moisture throughout Roosevelt County.