Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 years of servicing Quay County, according to the manager. “The word came in at 9 a.m. that we were closing,” said Larry Birch, a manager and salesperson alone at the office Friday night waiting for drivers […]

New dealership arrives in Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico On Monday, General Motors filed for bankruptcy. Also on Monday, a Clovis Hyundai dealership opened shop. Hamilton Hyundai opened its doors with about 10 employees on hand to sell a fleet of 30 vehicles. Gary Hamilton, owner of the new franchise on Mabry Drive, said he hopes those numbers […]

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Clovis man charged with starting fire

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a 24-year-old Clovis man on Monday in connection with a 2004 fire at the Clovis Bender Chevrolet Dealership, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Aaron Quinones is charged with breaking into the dealership to steal money from a safe, starting a fire that caused $1.5 million […]

12-2 Letter to the Editor

I have been traveling on U.S. 70 through Portales since 1999. I continue to enjoy the welcoming sign, particularly the “12,000 friendly people, except for 3 or 4 old grouches.” I’ve had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the staff at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. And more recently, I had the […]

Court rules in favor of dealership

By Tony Parra A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a Portales auto dealership and its owner in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Portales resident Marla Segovia and three other women. Alva Carter, owner of Big Valley Auto, was named […]

What really matters? I can’t remember

Jim Lee: PNT columnist Sometimes I forget things. Wait a minute, I should correct that statement. After all, I need to be specific and accurate here — if I can remember how to do that. I rarely have difficulty remembering things from a long time ago, or other things that don’t really matter. The real […]

Police investigating fire as arson

By David Irvin An early-morning fire Saturday at Bender Chevrolet-Cadillac on Mabry Drive is being investigated as arson, police said. Clovis police Detective Keith Farkas said there was evidence of a break-in at the dealership. He said somebody attempted to access a company safe and also stole a vehicle. Farkas thinks the same person or […]

City car dealer faces harrassment lawsuit

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment […]