Wet weather drenches area

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales was soaked with more than a half inch of rain Thursday that caused no major problems except for drenching a couple of high school baseball games. KENW-TV’s rain gauge recorded 0.58 inches of the wet stuff yesterday, while Clovis received 0.65 inches recorded by KVII-TV. According to Portales […]

Lighting sparks firefighters attention

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. […]

Peanut harvest looks solid

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Jimmie Shearer of Sunland, Inc. said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting […]

Rains continue in area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area residents are expressing joy after receiving more much needed rain Sunday night. The rain has been a big boost to the area, according to local farmers. Floyd area farmer Jeff Essary reported a half-inch of rain at his farm, which lies six miles south of Floyd. He also […]

Portales’ thirst quenched

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By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Portales streets flooded Wednesday night after the city received the most overnight rainfall it’s seen in a year, according to weather recordkeepers. Carla Howard, a development assistant at Eastern New Mexico University’s KENW radio and television station, said the station’s weather records show that Portales received 1.38 inches of rain. […]

Moisture coming at right time for parched crops

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The flash increase of rain in recent weeks has farmers in the region pleased, but it still isn’t enough to compensate for the drought plaguing the normally arid climate, according to agriculture officials. “It has been an extremely difficult year,” said Jimmy Shearer, the manager of Sunland Peanuts Inc. […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 near […]

Forecast calls for bored weatherman

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, […]

Showers bring relief to Portales

By William P. Thompson In the past six months, some have hoped, some have crossed their fingers and some have called out to the heavens for rain. Sunday evening, many Portales residents finally got their wish as more than half an inch of rain fell between 8 p.m. and midnight. It was the first significant […]

Aug. 24 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Dora has received several inches of rain but nobody is complaining about the muddy roads or “lakes” in yards or anywhere else. Because of it, we get to see green grass and big milo heads in local grain fields. Bad roads This is only a temporary condition due to so much rain […]