Local Briefs: Clovis man arrested on burglary charges

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect in burglaries committed in Curry, Roosevelt Parmer and Bailey Counties Wednesday in Portales, according to a RCSO news release. Curry County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sandy Loomis observed a vehicle matching the description of one Curry County deputies had pursued on Sunday and began pursuit. […]

Transportation Steering Committee names relief route

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Representatives from the Transportation Steering Committee have selected a northwest relief route along an all new alignment as their preferred alternative if a relief route is pursued. Representatives of the group met Tuesday in a work session with Portales City Councilors to present their initial evaluation of alternatives. For […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

Public meeting to explore traffic options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents will have a chance to look over traffic options and possible relief route alternatives Tuesday at a public meeting of the Portales Transportation Plan steering committee. According to city officials, the meeting seeks to answer the public’s questions and receive input on the various alternatives being looked […]

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The drugs were valued at around $100,000, Waller said. Two Albuquerque men were arrested and are being held on […]

Traffic concerns top agenda at quarterly luncheon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Engineers involved with the city of Portales Transportation Plan got a taste of the public discussion to come Tuesday during presentations at three meetings. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque were the featured speakers at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon and […]

City tackles traffic

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Objectives and goals are being established by a steering committee to resolve traffic issues in the Portales area and the public input phase should begin soon, say city officials. “We’re in the study and analysis stage right now, said Portales City Manager Debi Lee. Of primary concern is the […]

Fuel spill causes evacuations

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom Newspapers About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and vehicular and train traffic curtailed Wednesday morning in Texico after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled about 6,000 gallons of fuel, officials said. The tanker, carrying gasoline and diesel fuel, rolled over about 8 a.m. at U.S. 60 and State Street, […]

Aug. 27, 2006 Portales Junior High School News

By Billie Dixon Student council reps elected for each grade Monday each first period class will elect their student council representative. Sponsor Amanda Burnett encourages students to consider running for the four student council offices. Each office will be co-chaired by one boy and one girl for the entire year. Fund-raiser meeting held for school […]

Committee will look at six traffic alternative options

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed on researching six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be a viable option without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines, engineer with GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque, presented the six alternatives Friday afternoon […]

Portales set to explore bypass

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents deal with potholes, bumps, uneven streets, high and heavy traffic so for the next year residents and city officials will be looking for answers. Engineers, hired by the city, will research whether having an alternative route will help First and Second street conditions and whether it would […]

No fireworks ban in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Fire Department and other city officials will be reinforcing public awareness on the drought conditions and the dangers of fireworks, but have elected not to place a ban on the selling of fireworks. “I think in talking with Charlene (Hardin, county administrator) we feel we need to have […]

Portales police officer injured directing traffic

PNT Staff Report A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. According to State Police officer Ramon Borjas, a Dodge Dakota pickup turning […]

Police officers wary of stops after shooting

By Marlena Hartz An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop last Wednesday. When he stopped the driver of a gold pickup truck, Deputy James McGrane Jr., 38, was shot in the head. For the Bernalillo County employee, the […]

Market rewards better safety incentive than government regulation

Editorial Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that government […]

If a stranger calls, let it ring

Janet Taylor-Birkey New DoD policy prohibits using cell phones while on the road Effective Monday, vehicle operators on Cannon will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or they are using a hands-free device, according to an updated Department of Defense Joint Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision Regulation. The regulation further says that […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]

Phoning while driving invites more accidents

Editorial For some time now, we’ve been beset with electronic governors, disembodied digitized voices telling us to do what we ought or should have realized. Now there are cellular phones that will do for us what we should be doing ourselves regarding driving and phone use. It seems Motorola is developing a cell phone that […]

Police identify trouble spots for drivers

By Tony Parra Portales police department officers have been using a bulletin board indicating traffic accidents to target what areas officers need to keep a watchful eye on. Portales Capt. Lonnie Berry said drivers should beware of certain areas such as Chicago Ave. and Elb or First St. in the vicinity of the Wagon Wheel […]

Cannon airman critically injured in car crash

Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic on Mabry Drive in Clovis for nearly two hours. Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was flown to a Lubbock hospital via air ambulance. As […]