June 14, 1974

• Portales received .14 of an inch of rain during a nighttime storm. • Ten girls from the Floyd and Bethel Baptist Churches were preparing to leave to attend Inlow Baptist Youth Camp, near Albuquerque. • Poyner’s White Stores, Inc. advertised an Air Conditioner Service Special for $7.88.

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]

May 18, 1982

• Storm spotters reported a funnel cloud was seen three miles east of Portales during an electrical storm. • Freshman Sandra Gomez was the lone participant representing Eastern New Mexico University in the three day National Outdoor Track and Field Meet, held in Charleston, West Virginia. • Pringles Potato Chips twin packs were on sale […]

Displaced resident still in disbelief

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado slammed the Clovis area March 23 and tore apart his Oak Street home. “It’s gotten better day by day,” Castro said. “But it’s still hard to believe.” […]

Tornado season gets early start in high plains

Thirteen confirmed tornadoes hit New Mexico’s easter plains March 23. One storm ripped through Clovis and cause widespread damage and one death. When a storm siren sounds, indiviuals should seek shelter in windowless rooms. By Greg Allen Though Cannon is not in what is defined as “tornado alley,” which begins about 18 miles farther east, […]

Clovis damage estimates skyrocket

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Her eyes were bloodshot. Dirt was smeared across her T-shirt. But Conrada Figueroa pressed on. She and her family chipped away remnants of Friday’s tornado from her yard — sweeping debris into piles, pushing tree limbs into a corner. This was Monday’s story: A community continued to grapple with […]

Roosevelt County dodges major storm damage

PNT Staff Report Portales and Roosevelt County mostly escaped the kind of major damage caused in Clovis by the Friday storm which produced a tornado with winds up to 125 mph, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff Malon Parker. “The sheriff’s office spent all day (Sunday) searching for possible victims of the storm,” Parker said. “Some […]

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 […]

Residents staggered by enormity of damage

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CLOVIS — Throngs of Clovis residents waded through tatters of their lives Saturday as officials plodded to piece together a broken town. Casey and Alanda LeClear stood with their hands clasped in their Brady Avenue yard. Behind them, family members heaved wooden beams, insulation and shingles from their […]

Tornado coverage made for long night

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I rolled down my street, east of Portales a little after 6 a.m. Saturday, the sky was getting bright to the east with just a hint of a cloud line on the horizon. The last time I had looked toward Clovis, about 3 a.m., the sky was dark […]

Tornado slams Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers The worst tornado in Clovis’ history struck the city’s southeast side Friday night, leaving more than a dozen injured and possibly hundreds of homes damaged. No deaths were reported, but officials said at least three patients at Plains Regional Medical Center were listed in critical condition. Rescue workers were still searching storm-ravaged homes […]

Warmth welcomed after wintry weekends

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the snow and mud receded, like sleepy groundhogs, Portales residents emerged from their dens to soak up the sun and catch up on outside work and activities. Travis Melton, a minister at the Baptist Student Union at Eastern New Mexico University, was washing his pickup truck Monday afternoon […]

Plowing continues through weekend

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A fleet of a dozen road graders worked through the weekend to clear rural roads after a strong winter stormed blanketed Roosevelt County with up to 12 inches of snow. “We’ve just about got it now where people can get out and people can feed,” said Roosevelt County Road […]

Blast blankets area

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A winter storm that lingered over the middle of New Mexico dumped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of Clovis and eastern New Mexico Saturday. “It’s rough out there,” Clovis resident Trinidad Juarez said. “Every time I stop, I get stuck (in the snow),” said Juarez, who delivers […]

No surprise: A rush on supplies

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor According to officials of local businesses selling cold weather supplies, eastern New Mexico residents weren’t taking the current blast of winter weather lightly as they scurried to pick up supplies before the storm Friday. Grocery stores reported much heavier traffic than normal, and other retailers were holding their posts […]

Portales prepares for anticipated storm

PNT Staff Report A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. […]

Winter weather strikes area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A winter ice storm enveloped Roosevelt County Friday and Saturday making travel treacherous. After a freezing fog stayed over the area much of the day Friday, the storm got serious early Friday night with a brief period of freezing rain and snow. The blast left a rime coating of […]

Snowstorm isn’t automatic house arrest sentence

By Karl TerryL PNT Managing Editor The image of being snowbound at home in front of a roaring fire is a romantic one — that is until the pipes freeze or work calls. I’ve experienced a few storms through which I could imagine that we were snowed-in but the truth was that we were only […]

Roads clear, area braces for another storm

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Severe weather predicted for area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Snow shovels and bags of salt used to melt snow and ice were flying off the shelves at Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis Monday morning. According to store manager Ron Scorzafava, an entire pallet of snow melter sold out in 30 minutes. “It (salt) is going out like gangbusters,” […]