In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Distance makes fantasy fonder

Every year at about this time, give or take a week, I begin the slow process of winter self torture by purchasing a copy of either Telluride or Steamboat magazine, and wondering what it would be like to actually go on a winter vacation to either of those places. My reference, of course, is to […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico dealt with the aftermath Tuesday of a severe winter blast that left at least one person dead and closed more schools and highways in the southern part of the state. Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — and Interstate 25 between […]

Snow expected tonight, Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Wind turns to snow as NM prepares for winter blast

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Wind has turned to snow in New Mexico, as wintery weather shut parts of Interstate 40 for a few hours and caused dangerous driving conditions through Raton Pass. Forecasters expected the worst of the storm to hit western and central New Mexico Friday night into Saturday. Meanwhile, strong winds shut […]

Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, […]

Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have in their cars during the winter time, according to auto mechanic and New Mexico Department of Transportation officials. “Have a blanket and water and snacks in your trunk in case you get stuck or in case you get somewhere where […]

Spring season full of surprises

Winter may slip up on us quietly but spring has a way of surprising even the most prepared. Carl Sandburg described the fog as coming in on little cat feet, sitting on silent haunches, then moving on. I think spring is like that same cat blasting off from its haunches to pounce on a mouse. […]

Winter weather compensations offered

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. […]

Winter storm watch in effect

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service has announced a winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. The NWS office in Albuqueque said the potential exists for three or more inches of snow over southeast New Mexico and six or more inches across higher-altitude terrain in the state. The snow is […]

Region in grip of winter storm

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Sharna Johnson Gripped by an arctic cold that hasn’t been felt in the area in as much as 20 years, Curry and Roosevelt Counties aren’t expected to warm up until the weekend. A winter storm blew into the area Monday night, dusting Clovis with about an inch of snow and leaving trace amounts in Portales. […]

Traffic slows as winter storm hits New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A winter storm blasted New Mexico with snowfall and freezing temperatures Tuesday, causing icy roads and littering streets with fender-benders. The morning commute in Albuquerque was lengthy and treacherous as cautious motorists slowed to negotiate ice-covered roadways. Schools were closed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho and placed on […]

More cold coming

Sharna Johnson Old man winter was really nipping in Clovis on Tuesday morning with predictions he’d be biting by evening. Area residents didn’t wake to the 2-5 inches of snow that had been forecast, but the less than an inch of flakes that did fall was dry and blowing as wind-chill drove already low temperatures […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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By Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two counties are suffering a dry season. Farmers said only wheat crops have suffered badly from this winter’s dry spell. According […]

My turn: Winter means ice fishing

It is officially winter, so that means ice fishing. Some people might say ice fishing in New Mexico, really? Actually, there are three state lakes in the northern part of the state where temperatures can get cold enough to freeze lakes. Dan Williams, public information officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Breakfast date, winter break and snow threats

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Wait ‘til next year Eastern New Mexico University is closing for winter break at 5 p.m. today and will resume classes Jan. 3, according to information from the university. The spring semester begins Jan. 18. Currently enrolled students can register any time at www.enmu.edu […]

ENMU closing for winter break

Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled to close for winter break at 5 p.m. today and reopen at its normal time Jan. 3, according to information from the university. The spring semester begins Jan. 18. Currently enrolled students can register any time at www.enmu.edu. Campus information: 562-1011.

Winter storm may bring region’s first snow

Freedom New Mexico A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several […]