Our people: Need for speed

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Linda Newell was raised on a cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, where she became an adept ranch hand and developed a love for cars. Newell, who loves to laugh, moved to Clovis with her husband Pat 14 years ago to care for aging parents.

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 […]

Smart cars could still use work

Apple’s new iPhone 4S has Siri, a virtual assistant that can tell you the weather, set alarms and reminders, and even look up the Dow Jones Industrial Average — all at the prompt of your voice. A few months ago, IBM’s Watson wiped the floor with former Jeopardy! champs, no small feat for a computer. […]

Portales man facing felony burglary charges

PNT staff A Portales man has been arrested on charges of breaking into two vehicles. Geraldo McCain, 24, is charged with two counts of auto burglary, a fourth degree felony. He was arrested late Sunday after Portales Police received reports that he was seen trying to enter cars and succeeding at getting in two of […]

Today is a gift from God

The holiday is over. The house is sadly quiet. When will I stop crying when my loved ones leave? I ask God to keep angels to guard them safely home. I find little cars under the sofa and shoes that aren’t mine under the bed. Boys that use to live here are grown men with […]

My turn: Plenty to do this weekend

Heritage Days was fun last weekend with its live music, fresh food and lemonade and vintage cars. Call me simplistic but the lemonade was one of my favorite parts. I definitely don’t mind having to attend family events for work. For another family event, check out DairyFest Saturday in Clovis from 4 p.m. to 9 […]

Soap Box Derby scheduled for June 18

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Freedom New Mexico The 10th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled to take place June 18. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School, the race gives youngsters an opportunity to race cars they have built. Youngsters build cars from kits with the help of an adult. The winner will get […]

Brothers remembered

Bob’s older brother was Richard. Ronnie’s older brother was Anthony, and Jeff had an older brother named Jimmy. David and I were the older brothers in our families, so we had to share the above older brothers. By their cars could you know them. Rick drove a ’57 Chevy, the queen of cars. Jimmy had […]

Donated stuffed bears, quilts help comfort children

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Argen Duncan Community donations of stuffed toy animals and handmade quilts have been helping local law enforcement officers comfort children in traumatic situations for years. Police officers and deputies carry the items in their cars. Sgt. Charlie Smart of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office estimated he hands out 10 to 15 stuffed animals per year. […]

Self-driving cars offers chance for productivity

Kevin Wilson My favorite cop-driver story comes from two friends in Portales mocking a street sign. The sign said, “Speed controlled by radar,” which led them to joke the driver was no longer responsible. On cue, they got pulled over for speeding, and tested their logic. “Actually, officer, that’s your fault,” the driver said as […]

New activities scheduled for homecoming week

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Argen Duncan For homecoming this year, Portales High School students are smashing cars, setting the biggest bonfire they’ve had and hosting a new alumni reception. The PHS Student Council has activities planned most evenings this week, and each day has a theme for students to follow in how they dress, such as Zombie Day, Ram […]

Fires gut police cars in storage

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Freedom New Mexico Fire of unknown origin gutted three police cruisers Friday at the Portales city storage yard, where the cars were being stripped and used for parts. The Portales Fire Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. when a passing motorist saw black smoke and called 911, according to Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said mechanics […]

Fuel grading system fails auto consumers

Given the difficulties facing the auto industry, one would think the U.S. government would ease off the accelerator on absurd new regulations until cars started rolling more quickly off dealer lots. The government itself still owns much of General Motors and Chrysler. Instead, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation are considering new […]

Friday morning briefing: Insects, hot cars and habitat stamps

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Let the dirt fly

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By Clarence Plank Engines rev and hum as drivers pump accelerators anxiously wait for the light to snap green. Dirt flies when the light changes, racers tearing off in their cars toward the finish line at the other side of the track. It is dirt track racing time in eastern New Mexico. Ray Reeser of […]

Hard to shake soft spot for classic cars

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I love to look at classic and antique cars and street rods. I’ve never made the commitment to love one, however. For the last few nights I’ve been watching Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction on SPEED and the cars and the prices they command boggle my mind. Yeah, it’s the same auction […]

Grant will assist Elida with beautification efforts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Elida has been undergoing a four-year-long cleanup aimed at making it a more attractive place to live. Led by members of the town government, volunteers have removed old cars, landscaped, picked up trash and otherwise cleaned up. Now, a $700,000 grant from Gov. Richardson’s Investment Partnership II is paying […]

It’s their job: Job combines love of cars, people

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By Karl Terry: FNM Correspondent Patrick Johnson is a parts man at Carquest Auto Parts at C&S Inc. in Portales. Background: Johnson was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School. He lived in Lubbock for nine years and was a technician working on pools and spas. He returned to Portales in […]

Oct. 20, 1980

The Portales News-Tribune reported that sloppy property owners in Portales had two more weeks before city officials cited them for cluttering their yards and fields with weeds, trash and abandoned cars. Residents are asked to cut weeds on their property, or report litter or abandoned cars, by Nov. 3 to avoid receiving a warning from […]

Alumni and Portales residents celebrate Founder’s Day

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local residents and alumni took a trip down memory lane Sunday during the Founder’s Day Picnic at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. More than 500 people attended the three-hour event featuring music, a potato sack race, old cars, tours of the campus and authentic period food for ENMU’s’ […]