Great Race coming to breakfast

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Entrants participating in the 25th annual Great American Race will make a breakfast stop in Portales on Tuesday morning. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the cars will begin arriving around 6 a.m. and will be parked at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, said Sharon King, executive director […]

Great American Race to motor through area

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By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Clovis stands to earn its third Great American City Award in a row, the first city to do so, as the Great American Race passes through town Monday. After spending the night in Clovis, the racers will arrive in Portales 6 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast on their way to their […]

Cars: Necessity, status symbol or addiction

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls his […]

Car show benefits children with heart problems

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer This Saturday the Classic Motor Cars and the Caprock Corvette clubs will host the third annual Kars for Kids car show at the Lubbock Dragway in Idalou, Texas, to help benefit children with heart problems. Caprock Corvette Club President Randy Edwards said the event will consist of a car […]

Car clubs ready to shine

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer This weekend’s Heritage Days boasts a number of events, including the annual car show at the Portales City Park. The event is hosted by the Sun Country and Eastern New Mexico Antique Auto car clubs. All classes of cars will be lined up at the Portales City Park Saturday […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built Route 66 with festivals focusing on the highway’s past and purpose. This year marks the fifth annual “Best Little Festival on Route 66” happening in Tucumcari on Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. […]

May 11 Obituaries

Dan Swopes, 59 Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Dan Swopes, 59, of Portales, died Monday, May 9, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born Aug. 26, 1945, in Portales, to Essie and Walter R. Swopes He graduated from Portales High School in 1963, and was active in […]

Tolar explosion remembered

By David Irvin On a quiet day in eastern New Mexico, Nov. 30, 1944, a train of 81 cars was traveling west out of Clovis. One of the crew members had detected a hot box under a fuel oil tanker car and the engineer was slowing the train to a stop west of Melrose in […]

Organizers hope to make derby a popular trend

By Tony Parra Organizers of the demolition derby at the Roosevelt County Fair are hoping to create a tradition which will last for a long time, with the second annual derby on Saturday night. The second annual demolition derby will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the special events arena. Scott Tucker, one […]

Salaz enjoys working on cars

By Helena Rodriguez Name: Antonio “Tonkas” Salaz Occupation: Auto mechanic Hometown: Portales Family: Wife, Antonia; children, Beverly, Shirley and Margarita Antonio “Tonkas” Salaz is employed as a mechanic for the City of Portales and also works on cars at his home during his spare time. His hobby is automotive restoration. He also enjoys hunting. His […]