Fire chief candidates to interview Friday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Interviews for the position of Portales Fire Chief will take place on Friday in Portales. According to Portales City Manager Debi Lee, the position for fire chief became available after the former chief, Raul Muniz left Portales to move to Arizona to further pursue his education. Retired from the […]

Fireworks frenzy

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer As Independence Day approaches, and families stock up for their home fireworks presentations, Portales and Roosevelt County officials want to keep people safe while they celebrate the holiday. Portales Fire Chief Raul Muñiz said last year’s celebration went off without a hitch, and he hopes the people of Portales […]

Veteran firefighter retires

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Closing the book on one life chapter and beginning another is in the immediate future for retiring Portales firefighter Darwin Chenault. Gathered in Portales City Hall chambers, members of the Chenault family, the Portales Fire Department and city officials expressed appreciation for Chenault’s 20-plus years of service to the […]

City OKs wildland fire agreement

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave their OK on a new joint powers agreement with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department pertaining to reimbursement of wildland firefighting costs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. But it came on a split vote. Portales Fire Department Chief Raul Muniz was present to […]

Firefighters fear nasty fire season

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A fire that began on the north end of the Melrose Bombing Range on Wednesday had area firefighters concerned for a while that a fire disaster similar to the 35,000 acre fire that roared through the community of Floyd last December could be on their hands. Wednesday’s fire was […]

Local fire chief recounts his part in rescue efforts

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales Fire Chief shared his story Monday morning at a memorial in Portales for the victims of 9/11. Muniz told the crowd […]

Portales firefighters complete training exercise at Lincoln Hall

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sirens blared and lights flashed Wednesday as Portales Fire Department firefighters jumped from their trucks and rushed into an Eastern New Mexico University dorm Wednesday as part of a training exercise. In the scenario, two firefighters were lifted to the seventh-story window of Lincoln Hall at Eastern New Mexico […]

Chamber officials ask for fireworks donations

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Firework fund-raising has already started and Roosevelt County Chamber officials are looking to raise enough money to reach their goal of $8,000. Roosevelt County Chamber Manager Sharon King said as of Thursday they have raised $5,000. “I’m hoping they will have a really good time,” King said. “Allan (Silvers) […]

No fireworks ban in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Fire Department and other city officials will be reinforcing public awareness on the drought conditions and the dangers of fireworks, but have elected not to place a ban on the selling of fireworks. “I think in talking with Charlene (Hardin, county administrator) we feel we need to have […]

Grass fire scorches prairie southeast of Portales

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PNT Staff Area fire fighters were able to put out a grass fire which traveled approximately five miles southeast of Portales on Sunday avoiding injuries and structure damages. Portales Fire Dept. Chief Raul Muniz said Portales fire fighters responded to the fire which started around 1 p.m. The fire took place eight miles southeast of […]