Local health officials offer cold and flu season advice

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Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against the highly contagious respiratory infection. She said her facility sees more children age 3 and under catch a cold during flu […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

NWS: La Nina packing heat

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico and a significant port of the U.S. are locked in a strong La Nina weather pattern, resulting in exceptional drought conditions and extremely high temperatures, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday. “This is not just happening on eastern New Mexico, it is the same over most of southwestern United […]

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s insurance. “When […]

Temperatures to rise above freezing

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Sharna Johnson Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-40’s today, marking the end of the coldest weather the area has seen in at least 20 years. However, Thursday, arctic conditions continued in the area making things downright miserable for some residents who were in the path of scattered power outages. Since Monday night, the area […]

Press Release: Winter storm warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST THURSDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…EXPECT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 8 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO…PARTICULARLY HARDING […]

Farmers cautious of future cold snaps

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Unusually cold temperatures haven’t yet affected winter crops in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. But area farmers are concerned it could cause a problem if the trend continues through spring During the month of December, the average high temperature in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties is anywhere from 52 […]

Fair season

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With the temperatures into the mid-90s on Friday, it was a typical summer day. Except, inside the Home Arts Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, where display booths were decorated in traditional fall colors yellow, orange, deep red and brown. The colors of autumn will soon be omnipresent and […]

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]

Rain brings relief for farmers

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Recent rainfall has interrupted stretches of high temperatures and brought some relief to area farmers. The average high temperature in Roosevelt County has been relatively cooler the past few days, said Earl Breon, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. From June 10 through June 20, temperatures […]