Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

Citations recommended in police rollover

State police will recommend magistrate court issue citations to both drivers involved in Saturday’s rollover of a Portales police car,

Cover of darkness no refuge from angry cow

Baxter Black Late-night calls are usually not good news. Especially if it is the police calling to tell you a car has hit a cow on the highway. Jack got the call at 11:15 p.m. on a Friday night. The local police all have his number because he knows the country, all the ranches and […]

Tucumcari native killed in officer-involved shooting

Freedom New Mexico A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police investigator, […]

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 […]

Car trouble leaves cowboy trapped

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist It happened to Brett, a country boy in college on a rodeo scholarship. His folks sent him off to college in a well-used 3/4 ton pickup with mud and snows and a grill that looked like the gate on a Russian prison, a 16-foot stock trailer the color of camouflage, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Buddy Holly car in Clovis

Welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Video of the day Look for the story in Friday morning’s paper. Meanwhile, Peggy Sue… Buddy Holly’s 1958 Chevy makes a road trip to Clovis. Long RR crossing wait BNSF says it set a new train length record from southern California to Clovis. It happened July 10. […]

Police make Christmas deliveries

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department has been working to provide toys food for families in the area through the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive since November. As of Wednesday, Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said 760 children, 58 more than last year, had received toys. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Izzy’s still running (and car dreams)

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.

Nov. 13, 1960

In the Portales News-Tribune, Firestone advertised a battery-powered train set for $4.99. It included a black diesel switcher locomotive, yellow flat car, special Firestone red and white boxcar and red caboose, as well as eight pieces of curved plastic track.

Nov. 3, 1959

A 1963-model car was demolished yesterday afternoon in a collision at the intersection of South Avenue G and 16th Street, but the occupants escaped without serious injury.

Student struck by car in PHS parking lot

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A Portales High School senior was hospitalized with a possible broken arm Thursday after she was hit by a car driven by a fellow student in the school parking lot. The 18-year-old female was taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm, and was later transported to Lubbock […]

No errand trumps leaving child in hot car

Freedom New Mexico A South Texas tragedy is a good reminder for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle these days: Never leave a child unattended in a car, especially when it’s hot out. Felicitas Alexandra Cordova died Sunday after she was found in her family’s Ford Expedition at a flea market just north of […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

Freedom New Mexico My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and passed out. […]

Fatal wreck near Portales

Freedom New Mexico One person died and a mother and two children were injured in an automobile collision just before 9 p.m. Thursday night on U.S. 70 northeast of Portales. State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said a small pickup truck appeared to have t-boned a small car. The driver of the car was killed, Varnell […]

Drive-in movies dredge up memories

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The slightest cue can spark a moment of nostalgia for me these days, such as the sight of a step van reminding me of going to the drive-in movie in a bread truck. I guess the first thing to do is make sure those under 35 or so know what […]

March 22, 1954

The father of a 30-year-old man who was arrested after being accused of firing a .22 rifle at a passing car and hitting a 3-year-old

Excise fee increase would nick car owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Woman arrested in hit-and-run

PNT staff A 29-year-old Roosevelt County woman was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of hitting a 12-year-old girl with her car and leaving the scene, said Portales Police Detective Todd Moore. A white, four-door luxury car struck the girl about 4 p.m. Monday on North Avenue J. Moore said the girl had no major injuries. […]