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 […]

Portales man charged with child abuse, DWI

PNT staff report A 37-year-old Roosevelt County man has been arrested on accusations that he was driving while intoxicated with an unrestrained toddler in the back seat. Manuel Gallegos is charged with child abuse and altering vehicle registration, both felonies, as well as a third offense of aggravated DWI, not maintaining lanes, driving on a […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And that’s one of the reasons behind her push to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Martinez spent Wednesday in Clovis, meeting […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Nice plate, bug study and a popular pope

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Plate platitudes New Mexico’s centennial license plate is getting rave reviews for its design. Gov. Susana Martinez has received a plaque from the Automobile License Plate CollectorsAssociation for New Mexico having the best license plate in the nation for 2010. It’s the turquoise plate […]

Portales past: March 4, 1962

March 4, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Portales police made 1,373 contacts during February, including 227 warnings to motorists, 55 driver license tests, 220 driver licenses checked on road blocks, 221 wrecks with no injuries and four wrecks with injuries. Parking tickets brought in $312.50.

Racing commission may open up racino license application

Freedom New Mexico Quay County may be back in the running for a race track. The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday that a license granted La Mesa Racetrack in Raton has expired and the commission plans to open up applications for the license to other interested communities across the state. The La Mesa license […]

Dec. 19 — Public record

Argen Duncan Recent Roosevelt County Magistrate Court cases, according to court documents: Dec. 8 Lucia Garcia, born in 1983, pleaded not guilty to a first offense of DWI, not maintaining traffic lanes and failure to produce a valid drivers license upon demand. Garcia was found guilty and sentenced to one year of supervised probation with […]

My Turn: Pay now or pay later

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I was talking to Norm Behr, who works as a circulation assistant for Freedom New Mexico. He told me about this guy he knew who got an itch and decided to just go fishing without a license at a lake in Colorado because he heard the fish were jumping […]

My turn: Money goes back to you

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Have you ever wondered where your money goes after you purchase a hunting, fishing or trapping license or pay fees for other recreational activities at state parks? Well I often wondered myself, every time it costs me a lot of money to purchase licenses and recreational fees. All the money goes toward supporting wildlife in […]

New fishing rule changes take effect

The next New Mexico fishing license year began Thursday. Three rule changes you might want to know about are: • The length of the Special Trout Water on the upper Pecos River has been reduced by about half a mile. • The bag limit on striped bass has been decreased to two fish. • Unlimited […]

New license plates honor universities

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University has its own New Mexico license plate. The new plates, which feature the university’s Zia symbol and greyhound on a green background, are available now, according to a news release from the state Taxation and Revenue Department. “I think this is a good opportunity for […]

Press Release: State unveiling ENMU license plate

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will issue two special license plates this week in recognition of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase two of the storied educational institutions in New Mexico,” said Taxation & Revenue Secretary […]

Nov. 11, 1971

The Portales News-Tribune reported a new look in license plates. The new 1972 license plate would feature three letters and three numbers with red characters on a pale yellow reflective background.

It’s their job: Student says she has passion for houses

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Name: Karla van der Ploeg Job: Prudential associate broker for Portales homes Background: I am originally from Holland. Six years ago I moved to and started attending high school in Clovis. I stayed there for two years and then moved back to Holland for a year. Then I came back and started to attend Eastern […]

Free fishing Saturday

Freedom New Mexico Anglers can fish without a license in public waters around New Mexico in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, according to a press release from the state Game and Fish Department. All other fishing rules apply.

Press Release: Game commission may change deer draw dates

The State Game Commission will meet July 2 at Heron Lake State Park to consider changing the date of the annual application deadline and drawing for deer hunting licenses, and to set season dates and bag limits for 2009-10 small game and waterfowl seasons. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, […]

Sheriff arrests man for fraud

PNT Staff Report A man police say was traveling across the state passing himself off to hospitals as a physical therapist was arrested Wednesday in Portales on a tip from Roosevelt General Hospital. Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Malin Parker said Thursday that Shawn Etkin, 38, also known as Scott Hill, was operating under a fraudulent […]

Nov. 20, 1968

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department sent out registration forms to Portales residents for 1969 auto license stickers in order to beat the holiday and end-of-the-year rush and to eliminate congestion at the post office during the holidays.

Local Briefs Nov. 9

PNT Staff Reports Elk licenses available soon A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the state Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us […]