Xcel: Controlled outages possible

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday controlled power outages in the Texas-New Mexico region are a possibility if generators at two area coal burning plants remain off-line. In the meantime, customers are being asked to continue to reduce electricity demand in light of the unplanned repairs and expected high demand due to heat. […]

Muleshoe bank evacuated for bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The area around Muleshoe State Bank was blocked off for more than two hours Wednesday as police responded to a bomb threat, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. A bomb detection dog was taken through the bank and determined there were no explosives. Police cleared the scene around […]

Fire officials: More grass fires expected

By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And more grass fires in the West Texas and eastern New Mexico area are expected […]

11-14 Local briefs

Narcotics checkpoint scheduled The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a multi- agency narcotics checkpoint from noon to 8 p.m. today in Roosevelt County, according to a RCSO news release. Agencies participating in the checkpoint will include Roosevelt and Curry Counties, Portales and Clovis Police Departments, and the Motor Transportation Division. The focus of […]

11-2 Local football scores

Friday, Nov. 2 Portales 27, Ruidoso 13 — Final Clovis 28, Hobbs 7 — Final Melrose 72, Logan 0 — Final Floyd 42, Clovis Chr. 20 — Final Fort Sumner 49, Clayton 9 — Final Muleshoe 42, Bushland 17 — Final Bovina 42, Farwell 6 — Final Log onto www.varsitynow.com for local high school sports […]

Prep scores

Staff and wire reports Friday All times MDT Eldorado at Clovis, 7 p.m. Chaparral at Texico, 7 p.m. Carrizozo at Fort Sumner, 7 p.m. Gateway Christian at Melrose, 7 p.m. Clovis Christian at Valley Christian, 7 p.m. Floyd at Menaul, 7 p.m. Tucumcari at Espanola, 7 p.m. San Jon at House, 4 p.m. Farwell at […]

News-Tribune claims numerous awards

PNT Staff Report The Portales News-Tribune picked up six awards on Saturday, including two for first place, at the Panhandle Press Association’s annual contest. Managing Editor Karl Terry earned first place for news writing, while PNT staff took top honors for front-page layout. Terry also earned honors for column writing, sports writing and photos, all […]

Booming cattle industry attracts business

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When famous bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he responded, “Because that’s where the money is.” A similar answer could come from Panda Energy regarding its plans to build a 100-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant near Muleshoe that proposes to use a billion pounds of cow […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Mules lead Rams when game called

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Mother Nature did what the Portales defense couldn’t do Friday night: Stop the Muleshoe aerial attack. With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, and with the Mules leading Portales 20-0, the Rams home opener was called off due to lightning in the area. […]