County road funding likely will be slashed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Roosevelt County is facing state funding cuts that will limited it to repairing about half as many road surfaces as in past years. The issue came before the Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the county received about $432,000 from three Local […]

Senate bill to include $1.5 million in road projects for Clovis

Freedom New Mexico A spending bill finalized for a Senate vote contains nearly $1.5 million for road projects in Curry County, according to a release from U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. More than $11.6 million for New Mexico is in the bill, including $500,000 for replacement of the Hull Street Overpass and $974,000 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Road grading and Christmas performances

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Recent road work deteriorating rapidly

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The road leans one way, then another, has bumps and cracks in spots. A stretch of N.M. 206 has been the object of some debate over the past four years. And while the road’s been worked on several times to fix problems, David Groves is not happy with the […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]

Road cuts, easements on county commission agenda

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission will consider an application and rate structure for road cuts and easements 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. The commission agenda also includes a Regional Planning Organization presentation from Eastern Plains Council of Governments planners Steve Hawthorn and Sandy Chancey.

County commission hears speeding concerns

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Roosevelt County Commission agreed Tuesday to look into installing speed limit, children playing and cattle warning signs on Roosevelt Road AG near Floyd. Roosevelt Road AG resident Karen McCaslin asked for the signs, citing concerns for increased activity along the road and fast traffic. “It has increased […]

GPS nearly derails road trip

Lately I’ve been packing a GPS locator when I’m checking cows. Now I can find my way back to the horse trailer. But the GPS in rental cars with all the streets and highways displayed turns my blood cold. Jim and Steve and their wives rented a big SUV. They planned to tour New Mexico, […]

Section of Kilgore to close

PNT Staff Report An additional road closure has been scheduled today on Kilgore Avenue between Spruce Street and the traffic light at U.S. 70 expansion at Sunland. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to pave asphalt. Motorists are asked to obey signs and personnel placed around […]

Press release: Additional road closure planned for Sunland expansion

One additional road closure has been scheduled for the Sunland Expansion on Thursday, August 6, 2009. This will be at the same location as was before between Spruce Street and the traffic light at Kilgore Avenue and Hwy 70. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to […]

Two state road workers killed

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Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. He was one of two workers killed on state roads Thursday. Steve Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m., State Police […]

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

Proposal aims to close road for base benefit

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Closing Curry Road R for the benefit of Cannon Air Force Base is meeting little resistance. But where the traffic will be diverted appears to be the heart of residents’ concerns. A proposal put before the Curry County Commission on Tuesday sought to close the road hugging Cannon’s west perimeter. […]

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

Nobody hurt in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

May 22, 1982

The Tower Twin Theatre was showing “Conan the Barbarian,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “The Road Warrior,” the American name for the Australian action film “Mad Max 2.”

Unknown person injured in wreck

PNT staff reports Law enforcement officials found blood but no people upon arriving at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Monday afternoon on N.M. 358 in northeast Roosevelt County. County Sheriff Darren Hooker said he and a deputy responded to the call about the wreck around 1 p.m. A van had left the road, and […]

Road boss stepping down

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Road work to start

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin pavement rehabilitation work on U.S. 70 west of Portales on Monday.

Military feature: Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on both sides of the road before she managed to straighten her vehicle. As she kept driving, her control over the vehicle didn’t get any better, the car took longer to stop and turns became out of control. It […]