Weather doesn’t put damper on Ag Expo

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Tony Parra Attendants of the New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday fought off a brisk blanket of snow and sludged indoors for a better understanding of the latest technologies in agriculture. Early in the day, some 50 people heard New Mexico State University’s Clay Mathis speak on the current U.S. Animal Identification Plan, a proposed […]

Snow expected as temperatures drop

Freedom Newspapers Cold weather below freezing and wind-swept snow may grace Portales residents this morning, weather officials say. Chuck Jones, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said Portales will have a snow and blowing snow advisory in effect through this morning. Portales school officials will decide at 6 a.m. today whether […]

Local snow no comparison to national weather

Michelle Seeber While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to much weaker brand of snowfall. Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists. “There were four accidents Monday […]

Weather dampens parade

By Tony Parra The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade ended as quickly as it started Saturday as the parade slipped through the rain-soaked downtown area in just under 20 minutes. The parade suffered a low turnout in the downtown area, where a woman and her 4-year-old daughter were the only spectators, not including the […]

In 2003, region had driest weather in more than 20 years

Michelle Seeber Sticky, hot and nasty. Those were the words U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Ramona Nutt of Clovis used to describe the weather during 2003, the driest year in the city since 1980. “It’s been weird weather for me, because it’s so dry,” Nutt said. “Last summer was unbearable.” Mail carriers were not the […]

High Winds cause chaos for electric company

Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents took caution to the wind on Monday with high winds causing power outages and fallen electric poles in some areas. The high wind advisories for eastern New Mexico soaked Portales with a brown cloud of dust causing limited visibility in areas of Highway 70 south of town. There was a […]

James Kratzer — Personalities Plus

James A. Kratzer has lived in Portales eight years. He is active with the Friends of the Library chapter for the Portales Public Library and enjoys reading, sports, bowling, cycling, volleyball and looking for books. What do you think about Portales? “I really like it here! Since I frequently moved around while with the United […]

Poor weather puts damper on fall harvest

Mike Linn A stretch of hot and dry weather during the summer had a negative impact on the harvest of produce on area farms. And too often when moisture did arrive, it came in the form of hail, which in large sizes can wipe out acres of crop land in less than an hour, farmers […]

Weather reporters are never wrong, really

Jim Lee I am often kidded about guessing wrong when I do the weather on the radio. Well, I am hereby informing the world my forecasts are never wrong. Unlike mere mortals, weather reporter guys are never wrong. True, we are not always right, but we are never wrong. What’s the difference? Sorry, I can’t […]

Scientific wonder to take place in Fort Sumner

Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of the Wild West. But north of town, several miles down a two-lane road that passes fields with grazing goats and cows, stands the old Fort Sumner Army Air Field. While some buildings show their age […]

Air Expo bogged down by weather

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Tony Parra The 2003 Air Expo Event never got off the ground Saturday because of high winds. National Weather Service officials said they had no official wind-speed recordings on Saturday, but local weather observers estimated sustained speeds at more than 40 mph. The winds caused the cancelation of all of the flour-bombing and spot landing […]

Precipitation ignores city, but showers countryside

Gary Mitchell Stormy weather played tag in and around the Portales area early Thursday morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in some places but teasing the city with only a trace. Jack Self, who works at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, said the children’s home “didn’t get much rain at all,” but […]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]

Residents seek safety tips to prepare for severe weather

Mike Linn Residents of Portales have made frequent calls to city hall over the past two weeks, probing city officials about safety measures during turbulent weather patterns. Many of the questions involve the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and what it means when six strategically-placed sirens sound throughout the city. The […]

County recovers from severe weather

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Mike Linn Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the area. “The closer it got to Clovis the weaker the system got,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “I know a lot of people who saw the system said it looked really bad.” By the […]

Things seem strange on The Weather Channel

Jim Lee Well, here it is the first of June already. Time sure goes by quickly when you’ve been 39 for 19 years. It seems like only yesterday it was still May. As you may have guessed at this point, my hero is Jack Benny. But since Mr. Benny no longer makes those great television […]

Portales gets brief showers

Janet Bresenham By the time some long-awaited rainfall finally soaked the area Saturday afternoon and evening, it did its best to make up for lost time. While Portales received only a light rain Saturday, the National Weather Service radar in Albuquerque showed that the northeast part of Roosevelt County got inundated with up to 3 […]

Wind sparks grass fire

By Mike Linn A squall of wind knocked the roof off a barn and into an electric power line near Floyd on Thursday afternoon, sparking a fierce fire in a wheat field that quickly spread over 250 acres of land. Nobody was injured in the fire, and monetary damages to crop land was slim if […]

Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]