Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

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 Mexico subject […]

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 […]

My turn: House Bill 81 worth supporting

Today’s acronym is CTSO. CTSO stands for Career and Technical Student Organizations, programs with perhaps more recognizable acronyms like BPA (Business Professionals of America), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Odds are good that you or someone you know has been involved in one of these […]

My turn: House Bill 81 worth supporting

Today's acronym is CTSO. CTSO stands for Career and Technical Student Organizations, programs with perhaps more recognizable acronyms like BPA (Business Professionals of America), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Odds are good that you or someone you know has been involved in one of these […]

Tire shop, restaurant still open after drug raid

Freedom New Mexico An operator of Victor’s Tire Shop on Wednesday expressed “shock” about Tuesday’s Portales drug raid and wants customers to know the shop and attached La Paz restaurant remain open for business. The three men arrested, including tire shop owner Victor Olguin, are the only ones accused of being involved with the drugs, […]

Tire shop, restaurant still open after drug raid

An operator of Victor's Tire Shop on Wednesday expressed "shock" about Tuesday's Portales drug raid and wants customers to know the shop and attached La Paz restaurant remain open for business. The three men arrested, including tire shop owner Victor Olguin, are the only ones accused of being involved with the drugs, said Mallory Holguin, […]

ENMU vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville preview

Men Texas A&M-Kingsville (8-10, 3-6 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (11-8, 4-6) • When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Greyhound Arena. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Javelinas lost to St. Mary’s 70-67 in overtime on Monday at San Antonio. The Greyhounds earned a split in the LSC’s “rivalry week” against West Texas […]

ENMU vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville preview

Men Texas A&M-Kingsville (8-10, 3-6 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (11-8, 4-6) • When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Greyhound Arena. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Javelinas lost to St. Mary's 70-67 in overtime on Monday at San Antonio. The Greyhounds earned a split in the LSC's "rivalry week" against West Texas […]

Press Release: Sen. Kernan Co-Sponsors Get Tougher on Child Abusers Leg.

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a major legislative proposal that will change New Mexico’s Criminal Code to help better protect New Mexico children from child abuse and predators. Her bi-partisan bill beefs up prison time for child abusers, increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill kids, and defines new crimes where certain […]

Press Release: Sen. Kernan Co-Sponsors Get Tougher on Child Abusers Leg.

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a major legislative proposal that will change New Mexico's Criminal Code to help better protect New Mexico children from child abuse and predators. Her bi-partisan bill beefs up prison time for child abusers, increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill kids, and defines new crimes where certain […]

Press release: Roch bill gives tax break to retired military

Military retirees in living in New Mexico may see their state income tax burden reduced under a bill introduced this week in the State House by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico). House Bill 162 proposes to exempt twenty-five percent of a retiree’s military pension income from the state’s personal income tax, with that percentage increasing to […]

Press release: Roch bill gives tax break to retired military

Military retirees in living in New Mexico may see their state income tax burden reduced under a bill introduced this week in the State House by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico). House Bill 162 proposes to exempt twenty-five percent of a retiree's military pension income from the state's personal income tax, with that percentage increasing to […]

Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing. Today in history On Jan. 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine's superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the "Cullinan," it was the largest diamond ever found. Frederick […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

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Christina Calloway I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 […]

My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn't the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day. I turned 23 on Saturday […]

Number of homes, retailers growing

Roofers Treyven Terry, left, and J.R. Gonzales paper a roof in Ravenwood Estates, a new housing development on the southeast side of Portales. General Manager of HomeSpot Properties Jody Bailey said the company tries to focus on building affordable homes. Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

Christina Calloway The owner of Victor’s Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according […]

Three arrested in raid on Portales tire shop

The owner of Victor's Tire Shop and two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges during after police raided his shop on North Chicago Street. Victor Olguin, 50, of Portales arranged for cocaine to be delivered to his shop Tuesday with the intention to distribute it out of his shop, according to police. […]

Press release: Portales business owner arrested in drug raid

Portales, NM, January 24, 2012: Region 5 Drug Task Force Agents seize $51,000 worth of Cocaine in a Buy/Bust operation at local business. Agents from the Region 5 Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Clovis and Portales Police departments, the Curry and Roosevelt County Sheriff's Offices, and the New Mexico State Police conducted […]

Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for […]