My turn: Accident left 19 dead 39 years ago

One of the worst vehicle accidents in New Mexico history happened 39 years ago this week on a narrow bridge, 10 miles east of Fort Sumner, on U.S. 60-84. Nineteen people, most of them teenagers on a holiday ski vacation from Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, died Dec. 26, 1972. Their bus crashed into […]

Their view: Bike bridge not example of fiscal responsibility

A recent column by Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.

Collision complicates rancher’s plans ‎

Ron said it was just one of those days. In fact, it was the day before the regular auction in Ft. Pierre, SD. He had sorted off a truckload of cows he needed to get rid of. They were in a rain-soaked pasture down by the road that had no corral. No sweat, he and […]

Hull Street bridge open to traffic

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Kevin Wilson “First motorcycle,” the crew exclaimed at 10:52 a.m. as a grey-haired main pulled up to Justin Howalt and asked if it was safe to pass. “It looks smooth,” Clovis’ city engineer shouted over the breeze and motorcycle engine’s roar, “so you should be good to go through.” A few minutes later, it was […]

Senior happenings — Oct. 24

Friendship Senior Center 901 West 13th St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Coffee klatch, ceramics, cards, pinochle; 1-2:30 p.m., Mexican bingo. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Coffee Klatch, ceramics and cards; 3 p.m., Business meeting; 4 p.m., Fun night b-day. Bring a gift and a dish. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Coffee Klatch; 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bridge […]

Our People: A bridge to the past

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Kenneth Broad has been an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate since 1985, the year after Norman Petty died. Before retiring, Broad was a minister. He also provides tours at the Norman and Vi Petty Recording Studio. Broad moved to Portales 41 years ago. What do you think about Portales? It’s a fine town. It’s a […]

Governor to visit Clovis for Hull Street bridge groundbreaking

Prince Street bridge raisies concerns

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation schedules a regular inspection for the Prince Street bridge over the railroad tracks once every two years. In fact, the last one took place only last month with the overpass getting a status of “not deficient.” Some Clovis citizens aren’t so sure, however. […]

Game and Fish Department offers reward for poaching information

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is offering a $500 reward for information about a deer poaching southwest of Fort Sumner. The carcass of a mule deer was found dumped off the N.M. 20 bridge over Yeso Creek. Officers believe the buck was killed and dumped sometime during the weekend of […]

March 3, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 18 Golden parachutes: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a measure (HB538) sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, that would prohibit state agencies from giving extra money to employees who are terminated for cause or who resign. Under the bill, the state still could buy out an employment contract. During debate […]

Bridge dedicated in memory of fallen soldier

By 2nd Lt. Bryan Bouchard, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — More than 100 people attended the grand opening Jan. 25 of a bridge and an overpass dedicated to a Luke Air Force Base pilot who was killed in Iraq the same month construction began on the overpass in November […]

Logan bridge problem temporarily halts traffic

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A recreational vehicle struck a bridge expansion joint Thursday on U.S. 54 near Logan, creating a 2-foot by 6-foot gap in the westbound lane that forced the bridge to be shut down for four hours, state transportation officials said. Crews were able to reopen the eastbound lane to traffic […]

Richardson orders review of four bridges

Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — A bridge on U.S. 54 near Logan is one of four steel-truss bridges in New Mexico that will undergo a comprehensive inspection, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday. The bridges are built similar to the one that collapsed Wednesday on 1-35 in Minneapolis, which resulted in four deaths, 79 injured and at […]

March 28, 1982

A Howell movement was used for Tuesday’s duplicate bridge game with the following winners: first, Mrs. Luna Rundell and Mrs. Ollie Tipton; second, Mrs. B.C. Copper and Mrs. Betty Lynch; third, Mrs. Chester Barnett and Mrs. Art Welker; fourth, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Thornton and fifth, Mrs. Max Meadors and Mrs. Vernon Imoe. This club […]

March 25, 1979

Winners in Tuesday’s duplicate bridge game were as follows: north-south, first were Mrs. Edward Crouse and Mrs. Harry Patton; second were Mrs. Fred Chandler and Mrs. Bill Meeks and third were Mrs. Grady Beard and Mrs. B.C. Cooper. East-west winners were: first, Mrs. H.T. Prince and Mrs. Vernon Imoe; second were Mrs. H.O Lehman and […]

Urban water rafting a sight to see

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Runoff conditions were optimal to run the rapids to Dead Man’s Bridge last weekend but likely no young men got the chance. Maybe that’s a good thing. Growing up in arid eastern New Mexico, rain is a novelty. Enough rain to cover the streets is extremely rare and enough […]

Portales fight for social justice important

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Welcome winners …. insurgents and rabble-rousers. Those are the words that greeted people Sunday at a presentation at the Memorial Building in Portales called “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County, 1965-1980.” Dolores Penrod, an event organizer, said those are the words the Portales News-Tribune published in reference to […]

Lamb plus bridge game equals trouble

By Bob Huber Before they come after me with that final funny jacket, I have to tell you that the night the lamb broke up our bridge party ranks as a high-water mark in my otherwise serene life. Of course, it doesn’t live up to the time our neighbor lady shut down her husband’s drunken […]

Belle Cox Lifestory

By Laurie Stone Belle McCall Cox was a woman known for her style, grace class and humor. She touched the lives of many by conveying the importance of family unity and treating others as she wanted to be treated. Family members said she lived for the game of bridge, teaching most of her grandchildren to […]

Take the bridge to heaven

Joan Clayton I have always wanted a garden bridge, but not a pond with fish in it. The fish could eat the mosquitoes, but my cats could eat the fish. So I just wanted a cute little bridge in the backyard. To look from my window and envision surrounding it with honeysuckle or roses became […]