Dream Center loses roof in high winds

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales Dream Center will be closed temporarily after high winds peeled the sheet-metal roof off the building Monday afternoon. Dream Center volunteer Gail Keener said the center will be closed about a week until a temporary cover is in place. The inner ceiling remains intact, she said. Keener […]

Winter storm causes minor problems

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The winter storm that blew into eastern New Mexico on Friday caused minor problems in Roosevelt and Curry Counties, but left a number of travelers stranded in Tucumcari. The storm moved from Western Canada to the Four Corners, across New Mexico and into the Texas Panhandle, bringing high winds […]

God will shelter us through life’s storms

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist The March spring winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than […]

Officials: Grass fire should serve as warning sign

Freedom New Mexico Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland northwest of Melrose, […]

Feb. 6, 1962

Amids blistering winds, two state park officials staked out campsites for the new Oasis State Park. The new park facilities were planned to be completed within a couple of months.

Junior Rodeo winds down

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Aspyn Reames was hoping for a big finish in Saturday’s final day of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at Mounted Patrol Arena, and she got it. The 14-year-old from Clovis took first-place finishes in age 13-15 pole bending and barrel racing, and was second in […]

Red flag warning issued for area

Freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for southeastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt counties, from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Strong winds and low humidity are expected, leading to high fire danger, according to the NWS. The NWS also has […]

Fire officials: More grass fires expected

By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico A dangerous combination of dense grass, high winds and dry weather produced the massive grass fire Monday in Bailey County that burned an area bigger than Clovis, according to Muleshoe City Manager David Brunson. And more grass fires in the West Texas and eastern New Mexico area are expected […]

Weather service issues high wind warning

Freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a red flag warning for high winds, effective until 5 p.m. today. Northwest winds increasing to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will continue throughout the day, according to the NWS. Strongest winds are expected near the Texas-New Mexico border and over […]

Winds wipe out area home

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PNT staff report High winds whipped through Roosevelt County on Tuesday, destroying a mobile home west of Portales and tossing shingles, signs and patio furniture. The wind blew off the roof of a mobile home about two miles west of Portales on U.S. 70 belonging to Victor and Mary Sanchez. The walls of the weakened […]

Clovis tornado measures EF2 on scale

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are using an “Enhanced Fujita Scale,” or the EF, to categorize the strength of Friday’s tornadoes. The scale ranges from EF0 — winds 65 mph to 85 mph — to EF5, or winds in excess of 200 mph. Officials estimated Friday’s Clovis […]

Area prepares for fire season

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Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire that swept through the Melrose Bombing Range and south towards Floyd should serve as a reminder to control outdoor burning. Fire conditions have become critical in the past month, say fire experts, with a wet summer that provided lots of fuel […]

A lesson in trust during winds of adversity

Joan Clayton The March winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a […]

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 […]

Dry winds spark fire season for High Plains

Darrell Todd Maurina Many New Mexicans watched in shock this summer as the scenic Rio Grande bosque passing through downtown Albuquerque caught fire and threatened the city. Similar fires in California didn’t just threaten but actually destroyed many structures and killed some residents. Local fire officials warn that it’s now the season for fires on […]

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 […]

Storm sweeps through Portales

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By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm swept through Roosevelt and Curry counties Wednesday evening, sounding tornado sirens and leaving power outages, road closures and damage from hail and wind in its wake. However, no injuries were reported in the area. Power was restored throughout Portales about 11:15 p.m., after being out for more than two […]

Storm causes two-hour blackout in Portales

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF A Sunday evening storm left Portales without lights for a couple of hours on Sunday night, but officials reported no injuries or serious damage. A wind gust of 62 mph was reported at Cannon Air Force Base at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, said Meteorologist Chuck Jones with the National Weather Service […]