Portales man facing drunken driving charge

PNT staff reports A Portales man was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, after crashing his truck into three vehicles on South Avenue K. The 1995 GMC pickup collided with three other vehicles parked on the opposite side of the road at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Eastern New […]

Police chief urges residents to lock up vehicles

Portales Police Department Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry once again restated the need for Portales residents to lock their car doors after four vehicles were broken into the night of Oct. 4, all of which were within a few blocks of one another. “Almost all of our vehicle burglaries have been unlocked vehicle burglaries,” Berry said. […]

Police say they’re here to protect

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Alisa Boswell Calling in a sighting of stray animals, pulling over speeding vehicles and chasing down criminals with outstanding arrest warrants are all in a day’s work for Portales Police Department Sgt. David Meeks. “If we have high crime levels in one particular area, we will increase our patrol over there,” Meeks said. “But for […]

Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during 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 […]

Fire officials using decals to warn motorists

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Portales Fire Department has new safety decals on two of its vehicles that firefighters say should make responding to emergencies much safer. The new decals are part of a campaign designed to create awareness about pulling to the right side of the street when emergency vehicles are approaching, […]

First car memories still fresh

By Kar Terry: Local columnist As a red-blooded American male I have no problem recalling the vehicles I’ve owned in my lifetime. Recently, as a part of an exercise in a Bible study, the class was asked to tell everyone what vehicle they first drove. The guys all quickly named off their first car, some […]

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 […]

SUV, pickup sales feel affects of gas crunch

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The rise in the price of oil and gas has had mixed effects on the sales of full-size pickups and sport utility vehicles, according to Clovis and Portales dealerships. “With the rise in gas prices we’ve seen an increased interest in fuel efficient cars and pickups with smaller engines,” […]

Feb. 6, 1978

Deputy Jeff Wilkerson said today he is still investigating a shooting incident which occured about 11 p.m. Saturday on the Floyd highway. He said an argument apparently erupted at a local drive-in parking lot, and when one of the participants departed in his car, the others followed in his car. Several shots were fired with […]

Paper delivery delayed

Friday’s storm has prevented delivery of some newspapers and delayed others. Newspaper officials said delivery was continuing late this morning, but some carriers’ vehicles have been disabled because of the icy road conditions. Efforts will continue throughout the day.

Boeing to share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We are […]

Bush’s compromise on CAFE puts feds that much deeper in regulatory arena

Editorial The Bush administration last month caved in to years of pressure, and moved to make good on the president’s pledge to free the nation from its “addiction” to foreign oil, by making the most dramatic change in 30 years to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. Certain categories of trucks and SUVs will have to […]

Mileage standards could be much better

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require […]

Sheriff’s department slated to receive money for vehicles

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County representatives saw some big numbers come back for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds from capital outlay funds. The total amount of money set aside for Roosevelt County from the house and senate is $983,000, but is still subject to Gov. Bill Richardson’s approval. Road improvements […]

Citizens concerned about county roads

By Tony Parra Not everyone is happy with the amount of rain Roosevelt County has received. The rain, coupled with a heavy amount of traffic on some roads, have caused some roads to be impassable, according to some county residents. County commissioner Tom Clark declared the situation an emergency during Tuesday’s county meeting as a […]

State steps up efforts on car insurance crackdown

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico is ready for step two in its effort to increase the number of insured vehicles on its roads — suspending the registration of nearly 300,000 uninsured vehicles. The suspensions, which will begin next week, are part of a continuing campaign to cut the state’s traditionally high rate of uninsured vehicles. […]

Electric car bill causes static

By David Arkin  A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews.  The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric […]

County lobbyists discuss Legislature

Tony Parra County lobbyists kept the Roosevelt County Commission up to speed on bills in the New Mexico Legislature and the results on Tuesday. Roosevelt County lobbyist Mike Miller presented the commission with an update on the priorities for the county in the 2004 state legislation. Miller said the legislation ended on Feb. 19, but […]

Four wheels for a buck

Mike Linn Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett doesn’t shop for police cruisers at the dollar store. But he recently stumbled across a deal from an agency that sells police vehicles for $1 in an effort to beef up Homeland Security nationwide. Here’s the catch: The cars would be laced with advertisements from local, regional and […]