6/7 Obituaries

Robert Pacheco Jr., 51 Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Robert Joseph “Bobby” Pacheco Jr., 51, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Nov. 5, 1953, in Portales, to Robert Joseph and Connie Martinez Pacheco. He married Darlene Pacheco on [...]

Car versus train, no injuries

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, [...]

City officials celebrate new railroad crossings

By Laurie Stone City and county officials on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of North Main Street as repairs were completed on railroad crossings. For the past two years, city, county and state officials have worked with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad officials seeking funding to fix the North Main crossing and its approaching roadways. [...]

Council discusses railroad

By Tony Parra Scott Verhines of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority updated the city council on Tuesday on the status of the Ute Water Project and the objective of a series of workshops. Verhines said the first workshop took place in Roosevelt County and it is the first in a series of workshops, [...]

Man dies in truck crash near Melrose

Darrell Maurina A fatal truck crash west of Melrose shut down the BNSF railroad and Highway 60/84 for hours on Wednesday while hazardous materials crews worked to remove pressurized gas cylinders containing flammable gases. During the cleanup, officers narrowly averted a second crash when a Ford F-150 pickup truck containing 18 people nearly hit De [...]

Railroad to get upgrade

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By Mike Linn Covered wagons were prevalent in Portales in the early 1900s. So it’s a bit strange that Pat McCarty says she feels like she’s in one every time she crosses the railroad tracks on North Main Street. McCarty, a Portales resident, isn’t the only one complaining. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez said he [...]

Officials rail road crossings

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Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner perturbed with slowed efforts to fix two Portales railroad crossings is spearheading a petition to expedite the repair process. Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez distributed petitions to the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting seeking assistance on repairs from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa [...]