Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the conclusions of […]

Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

Barry Massey SANTA FE — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. Data suggests that Portales is one of the cities in New […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Only fair to do verifications locally

Enough is enough! And I am not talking about the nearly catastrophic Tea Party Takedown of America. No, reference here is to the abuse I must take from certain readers of this fair and balanced column. Check this email response to a fair, balanced column that said, in effect, that Governor Susana Martinez is crazy […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And that’s one of the reasons behind her push to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Martinez spent Wednesday in Clovis, meeting […]

Driver’s license resolution unfair

Roosevelt County commissioners who supported the resolution to change the law that allows immigrants to get a driver’s license undermine our cherished values of equality and fairness. In the last legislative session, the senate decided to keep driver’s licenses for immigrants because it was the right thing to do. Religious leaders and people of faith […]

Resolution passed in support of ending driver licenses for foreign nationals

Argen Duncan Local officials differ in their beliefs on whether illegal immigrants should receive New Mexico driver’s licenses. Former Gov. Bill Richardson instituted the issuing of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Current Gov. Susana Martinez wants the practice stopped and has asked for support from local governments. The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday […]

Their view: Teens should be gradually introduced to roads

Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO of the American Insurance Association, supports a graduated driver licensing program for teenage drivers.

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Their view: Licenses should be granted despite immigration status

Sen. Pete Campos offers his view on the immigrant license issue in New Mexico: One of the most divisive, emotional and visceral issues to come before the New Mexico Legislature in recent years is that of whether the State of New Mexico should give driver’s licenses to people who are not in the United States […]

State police: Excessive speed, driver inattention caused Monday fatal wreck

Freedom New Mexico Excessive speed and driver inattention caused a wreck that left 19-year-old Michael Galvan of Portales dead Monday, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Police would turn their reports over to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a decision on possible charges, he said. Glascock identified the female passenger injured in the […]

State police: Driver inattention caused fatal wreck

Freedom New Mexico Speed and driver inattention were contributing factors in the fatal January wreck on U.S. 70, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Bryian Phillips, 29, of Clovis died from injuries sustained in the one-vehicle rollover crash, and four other people received injuries of varying severity. Glascock said state police had been consulting with […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped the bus to help a semi-truck driver who had been hit by a pickup on the side of the road between Fort Sumner and Melrose. She said she didn’t think […]

Portales past: March 4, 1962

March 4, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Portales police made 1,373 contacts during February, including 227 warnings to motorists, 55 driver license tests, 220 driver licenses checked on road blocks, 221 wrecks with no injuries and four wrecks with injuries. Parking tickets brought in $312.50.

Minor injuries reported in car wreck

A crash involving a semitrailer and small car totaled both vehicles and resulted in a minor injury about 11 a.m. Monday at N.M. 467 and Roosevelt Road 3. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said it appeared the car struck the semitrailer on the driver’s side. The car became stuck under the semi, causing the […]

Two hospitalized after six-vehicle crash

CNJ staff report Traffic was snarled in south Clovis Friday afternoon for more than an hour after a pickup truck crashed into six other vehicles. Police said the truck initially hit a curb at Prince and McDonald streets south of the overpass, then crashed into a vehicle on the overpass, another in the intersection at […]

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 […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A Portales teen was issued two moving violation citations Friday more than two months after police say he hit and killed 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge as she cross the road. Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Trevor Nuckols, 16, is being cited for careless driving and failure to yield […]

Police analyzing autopsy results of fatal crash

PNT staff report Portales police have autopsy results for a 71-year-old woman who died after being struck by a vehicle Oct. 30. Police said Thursday they are expecting to decide whether to charge the driver in a matter of days. Trevor Nuckols, 16, of Portales, was identified as the driver of the pickup truck that […]