My Turn: ‘Motor Mouth’ nickname faded away

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I asked my daughter Laura the other day, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?,” and she gave me a questionable look. She wasn’t familiar with this saying from my childhood. Mom would always say, “Doesn’t your balloon ever land?” because I was always yakking. In fact, my nickname at school was […]

Report: Larceny, assault, vehicle thefts dropped in 2009

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales saw drops in the number of reported cases of larceny, assault, motor vehicle theft and criminal damage, but an increase in burglary in 2009, according to information from the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill and Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry presented their annual report for 2009 at […]

Portales woman hospitalized after crashing into MVD building

PNT staff report Police say an 88-year-old Portales woman was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for observation Monday after her runaway car crashed into the state Motor Vehicle Division building and continued across several lanes of traffic. Around 10 a.m., Minnie Fulton, 88, left the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department on Avenue O, and her […]

New building proposed for Clovis MVD office

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state Motor Vehicle Division is looking for a new place to park in eastern New Mexico. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, announced Friday the state will be building a new Motor Vehicle Division office in Clovis. He also hinted a new facility may be in the […]

Crash on Hondo street

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A motor vehicle accident that occured on Hondo Street involved a small child, according to Clovis Police Department Lt. Douglas Ford. The child was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. The department’s crash team was called to the scene. Police said Friday night they didn’t know the identity or condition of the child.

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.

What’s in your wallet? New driver’s license debuts

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis and Portales Motor Vehicle Division offices are now issuing new licenses equipped with 12 security features. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division released the new driver’s licenses to protect the public from identity theft. The new license procedure now starts with a temporary license first. Since the […]

Everybody has a snake story

What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds we made […]

Tucumcari ‘icon’ dies at 91

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield called her “an icon.” Others knew her as “Mrs. Tucumcari.” Margaret “Bettie” Ditto, a Tucumcari leader and city promoter for six decades, died on Saturday at age 91. The cause of death was not immediately known, but friends said her health had been failing […]

12-16 Police Blotter

Following is a sampling of calls to Portales police dispatchers in the last week. According to the reports: Dec. 7 • At 5:12 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle burglary on West University Drive. A purse was believed missing in the break-in. • At 10:08 p.m. a motor vehicle acccident at 1500 N. Ave. K […]

Police: Portales man out on bail after shooting

PNT Staff A 22-year-old Portales man is out on bail after being arrested Friday for shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Ollie Fitts admitted to firing four shots from a 22-caliber rifle Thursday night at Marcus Martin, who was driving a 2002 […]

Macias found guilty of murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder and shooting at a motor vehicle, Judge Joe Parker told a crowded courtroom Tuesday in the 9th Judicial District […]