Sometimes cheating death is an accident

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist When I was a kid in high top shoes and bib overalls, my Uncle Claude, a luckless farmer, tried to buy a one-way ticket to that Great Corn Field in the Sky. Of course his bad luck held up, and he failed. It was Great Depression time in those days, […]

Cement shortage creates problems

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer A lack of cement has affected Clovis and Portales construction companies trying to keep pace with the building boom in eastern New Mexico. New Mexico is feeling the effects of a growing construction industry in China, the rebuilding southeast Asia after the tsunami disaster, and rebuilding in Florida after hurricanes, […]

Police: Vehicle mishap results in death

PNT Staff A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

City may receive thousands for roads

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Most of the $700,000 the city is scheduled to receive from the 2005 capital outlay budget is earmarked for road repairs. The budget is subject to approval by Gov. Bill Richardson. The city is scheduled to receive roughly one third of the $725,000 it requested for road improvements. Of […]

Officials believe car fire, house fire are related

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By Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County authorities are searching for a blue 1997 Ford truck in connection with human remains found in a burned car. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the initial investigation showed two bodies in the trunk of the car, which was found about 8 a.m. Thursday on a dirt road a few miles […]

Residents cite need for speed control

By Tony Parra Portales residents presented concerns during Tuesday’s city meeting over road conditions, speeding and public safety. Rick Matthews said he has seen tractor trailers traveling at a high rate of speed in residential areas. “These trucks are using residential areas as shortcuts,” Matthews said. “God-forbid if a kid is bouncing a ball on […]

Truck crashes into car, business

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By Kevin Wilson A collision on Sunday involving a car and a milk truck left two teens hospitalized and damaged a local business. A Milk Transport Services truck was traveling south on East First Street about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and failed to negotiate the curve just before Abilene Avenue, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry […]

ENMU leaders aim for answers during tour

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University leaders took a first-hand look on Tuesday at leadership in the eastern plains of New Mexico area to find out about the of lack of water, a truck by-pass and housing. The Leadership ENMU tour consisted mostly of ENMU faculty, according to Elaine Ennis, who was in charge […]

Man dies in truck crash near Melrose

Darrell Maurina A fatal truck crash west of Melrose shut down the BNSF railroad and Highway 60/84 for hours on Wednesday while hazardous materials crews worked to remove pressurized gas cylinders containing flammable gases. During the cleanup, officers narrowly averted a second crash when a Ford F-150 pickup truck containing 18 people nearly hit De […]

City treasurer to retire this month

Tony Parra The loss of a city official to retirement and the authorization of a $119,467 grant for a 2,000-gallon water tanker for the Portales Fire Department were the main topics for Tuesday’s city council meeting. Reba Robertson, the city treasurer, will be retiring at the end of February, according to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. […]