Fund established for former Portales athlete

PNT staff A fund has been established for Ashleah D. Richards, the former Portales High School athlete killed in a car wreck Sunday. Contributions can be made at any eastern New Mexico Wells Fargo branch.

Two state road workers killed

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Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. He was one of two workers killed on state roads Thursday. Steve Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m., State Police […]

Portales man killed in rollover

Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Portales man died in one-vehicle accident Sunday evening on a county road south of Portales, according to state police. Jose M. Mendoza, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his nephew, was pronounced dead at the scene. Alejandro Mendoza, 16, of Portales, was treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt […]

Police ID Portales crash victims

State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 to head […]

Clovis woman killed in two-vehicle collision

Freedom New Mexico A 38-year-old Clovis woman was killed early Friday morning in a crash north of Hereford. Tina Howell was killed around 3 a.m. (CDT) when a tractor trailer she was driving crashed into another on Highway 385 about 3 miles outside of Hereford, according to Texas Highway Patrol Communications Operator Carolyn Wakefield. Omar […]

April 27, 1950

More than 500 jackrabbits were killed in a “hunting drive” in Pep on the first drive of the hunting season. Starting at 9 a.m., the hunt consisted of 18 drives, and 60-70 people participated.

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in honor of a former Cannon Air Force Base airman killed March 15 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed his vehicle while he was on a four-vehicle patrol checking a local school. Funeral services were […]

Clovis woman killed in car collision

The Associated Press An 18-year-old Clovis woman and five members of an extended family died Friday in a head-on collision west of Roswell. Elaina Hita was killed on U.S. 70 when the vehicle she was driving hit a van carrying five adults and two children, according to State Police spokesman Peter Olson. Hita’s passenger, 22-year-old […]

Committee axes one source for public school funding formula

By John Sena: The New Mexican A proposed new public school funding formula took a hit on Thursday when a House committee killed a measure that would have funded it. The new formula itself was approved by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, but will take affect only if legislation to fund it passes. House […]

Clovis man killed in railroad accident

CNJ Staff YESO, N.M. — New Mexico State Police say a 56-year-old Clovis railroad worker was killed Saturday after falling off a rail car and being struck by another railcar that backed over him. State police say Gregory Blevins, a railroad worker for 20 years, was helping co-workers with the BNSF railroad company when the […]

Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 31 A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the […]

Supreme Court overturns vehicular homicide conviction

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Melrose man convicted in 2004 of homicide by vehicle. A two-year prison sentence for Harry Downey, 75, of Melrose, has been vacated and a pretrial conference is scheduled 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26. Downey was convicted in February 2004 for the […]

Dec. 24, 1953

A local plumber shot and killed a Canadian duck with a

Police: Victim died of single gunshot wound

Freedom New Mexico A Honduran national killed Tuesday in Texico during a robbery attempt died of a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the information is based on an autopsy performed by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque. No arrests have been […]

Local briefs 11-14

Semi truck hits horses A tractor-trailer hit and killed four horses on N.M. 206 early Thursday morning, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. The semi driver, 52-year-old Harlin Shrock of Portales, was not injured in the crash, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. near the Mooreland Road intersection. The vehicle was disabled. Shrock’s truck was […]

Three killed, one injured in collision

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Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis men were killed, and another was injured in a head-on collision Wednesday on N.M. 209 north of Clovis, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. According to Glascock, the three killed were: • Charles Sims, 89, driver of a 1996 Mercury four-door vehicle. • Carlos Bustillos, 26 • […]

Two killed in I-40 crash

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Two people were killed Thursday night in a head-on collision when a driver of one of the vehicles was traveling in the wrong lane on Interstate 40, police said. Jolene Baker, 55, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of I-40, when the vehicle driven by Guadalupe Grinols, 21, was […]

Two killed in Saturday morning crash

PNT Staff Report Two men were killed in a two-vehicle collision Saturday morning on North Roosevelt Road 3, state police said. Jorge Ceniceros-Herrada, 29, and Edgar Ceniceros-Herrada, 21, were driving west in the eastbound lane in a 1995 Lincoln at 4:15 a.m. When they saw an eastbound vehicle, the driver swerved but overcorrected and went […]

Memorial Day observance set for Monday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Myrtie Smith has not missed a single Memorial Day program in Portales since her son, Lloyd E. Smith, was killed during the Vietnam War in 1967 at the age of 22. “Lloyd was in the 173rd Airborne. They dropped out of a mountain and the Viet Kong were already […]