Storm spotter training offered to amateur weather buffs

By Andy Jackson Steve Summers has been a storm spotter for 12 years. Although he’s never seen one up close or heard the signature freight train sound, he is well aware of the damage they can do. The director of the Clovis Municipal Airport, Summers is one of 20 storm spotters in Curry County. “You […]

Winter storm brings first cool days of fall

Staff and Wire Report After thunderstorms, that included a late afternoon deluge Wednesday, Portales residents woke to low, gray skies Thursday and the first cold temperatures of the season. With temperatures in the 40’s all day Thursday and light rain and variable winds, wind-chill readings had folks thinking winter weather. Despite the chill in the […]

Fox promises to investigate henhouse

Leonard Pitts “What town is this?” I ask the young man standing on the lawn with arms folded. “Waveland,” he says. “Or it used to be.” “It will be again,” I assure him. “I hope so,” he says. His tone suggests his expectations aren’t particularly high. It’s hard to blame him. In Waveland, railroad tracks […]

ENMU students at eye of the storm

By Tony Parra A group of Eastern New Mexico University students who traveled to the southern tip of Mexico were unharmed after Hurricane Emily blew through the area on Monday and hit southern Texas and northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. The eye of the storm ran ashore just before dawn near San Fernando, Mexico, about 85 […]

Power outages hit Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Power outages became an issue again on late Saturday afternoon, with many of the same areas in Clovis lacking electricity that were hit by an outage in Friday’s storm. Xcel Energy spokesman Bob Crenshaw, who said it was not determined if the outages were related to the storm, estimated 2,800 to 3,000 homes […]

New emergency management coordinator settling in

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents must brace for severe weather, because the elements in the area offer a breeding ground for tornados. Roosevelt County residents have already received their first dangerous encounter when a tornado warning was issued on Monday night during a hail storm. There was golf-sized hail reported from the […]

Storm drops golf-ball-size hail on county

PNT Staff Monday night’s hailstorm caused some damage in Roosevelt County, but the storm was small compared to some from years past. “There were some golf-ball-sized (pieces of hail) here in Dora,” said Becky Fraze, a secretary for the Dora Fire Department. “We pruned the trees around here. The damage to the wheat crop maybe […]

Runoff water spells trouble for Clovis

By Mike Linn Budget cuts, developments sprouting like mushrooms, and a year of heavy rain have exacerbated drainage problems in Clovis. Tack on an all-but-flat terrain and the flooding of homes this summer and city officials are somewhat torn — between the advice of their public works director and that of area developers. At a […]

Businesses feel different effects from rain

By Tony Parra Businesses and utility companies had opposite situations during the stormy weather on Tuesday and each felt the effects in different ways. Roosevelt County Electric employees were busy repairing power lines and bringing power back to homes during the stormy weather on Tuesday night. “They (workers) had to deal with a lot of […]

Annoyances are part of God’s plan

By Joan Clayton It’s been hard for me to find something good about grackle birds. Those huge black birds annoy me. During the early dusk of the winter season a black sea of birds descend on neighborhood trees, including ours. They leave the lawns white with residue, not to mention vehicles. My husband’s great day […]