Portales Past: July 12, 1955

July 12, 1955: A California woman visiting relatives near Arch was killed when she lost control of her vehicle 12 miles southwest of Portales. The Portales Valley News reported the traffic death was the sixth in Roosevelt County this year — “more than any recent year, and probably an all-time tragic record.”

Portales past: June 18, 1945

June 18, 1945: A 7-year-old Bethel boy was killed when he fell from a tractor he was riding and was struck by the rear wheel. The boy and his brother were on their way home from a neighbor’s when the accident occurred.

Police ID cyclist killed in collision

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police identified Joseph R. Ulibarri, 46, as the cyclist who was struck and killed by a pickup Tuesday on N.M. 267. Ulibarri wasn’t wearing his helmet and was near the center of the road in an unlit area when he was hit, according to an e-mail from State Police […]

Portales police investigating homicide

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By Sharna Johnson A 25-year-old Portales man died of multiple stab wounds Monday night in a fight that spanned more than a block. Marco Bonilla was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital just after 9 p.m. and died of his injuries, Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. Police “absolutely” have a […]

Clovis man killed by hay bale

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Freedom New Mexico A 61-year-old Clovis man is dead following a Wednesday afternoon farm accident. Oscar Brooks was killed when a large round hay bale fell from a trailer and struck him, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Just before 3 p.m., responders were dispatched to the scene, just off Llano Estecado Boulevard about a […]

Portales woman killed after being hit by pickup truck

Freedom New Mexico A 71-year-old Portales woman was killed Friday when struck by a pickup truck, according to police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Gloria Ann Inge was crossing the intersection at Second and Abilene Streets when the pickup hit her. Inge was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital. Berry said Saturday an investigation is ongoing and more […]

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 […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device while on a four-vehicle patrol checking on a local school on March 15 in Afghanistan. He was deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Freedom New Mexico An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base […]

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 […]