Press release: Additional road closure planned for Sunland expansion

One additional road closure has been scheduled for the Sunland Expansion on Thursday, August 6, 2009. This will be at the same location as was before between Spruce Street and the traffic light at Kilgore Avenue and Hwy 70. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to […]

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 […]

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

Nobody hurt in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

May 22, 1982

The Tower Twin Theatre was showing “Conan the Barbarian,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “The Road Warrior,” the American name for the Australian action film “Mad Max 2.”

Unknown person injured in wreck

PNT staff reports Law enforcement officials found blood but no people upon arriving at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Monday afternoon on N.M. 358 in northeast Roosevelt County. County Sheriff Darren Hooker said he and a deputy responded to the call about the wreck around 1 p.m. A van had left the road, and […]

Road boss stepping down

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Road work to start

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin pavement rehabilitation work on U.S. 70 west of Portales on Monday.

Military feature: Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on both sides of the road before she managed to straighten her vehicle. As she kept driving, her control over the vehicle didn’t get any better, the car took longer to stop and turns became out of control. It […]

Seniors should adjust driving habits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Drivers age 50 and older have to contend with decreasing faculties as they age, but they can compensate to safely stay on the road. People in the age group may deal with any combination of decreased hearing or vision, longer reaction time or changes in physical strength and psychology. […]

Ranchers, environmentalist unite on off road vehicle bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican It’s not often that environmentalists find common ground with farmers and ranchers in the Legislature or elsewhere. But one bill, which will be heard for the first time later this week in a Senate committee, has won the support of both groups. The bill is Senate Bill 379, sponsored […]

Dec. 28, 1954

State officials decided to approve the request of Roosevelt County Commissioners that the state get involved in the construction of the “all-weather road” from Portales to Clovis Air Force Base.

Zias notch first win on road

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman guard Lace Clark led four Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 18 points Monday night as the Zias beat New Mexico Highlands 98-84, the most points they have scored in nearly 16 years. Sophomore forward Cat Clay and sophomore guard Samantha Matta each added […]

Despised neighbors tumble back onto roadways

By Karl Terry: Local columnist As I drove to Clovis from Portales early Friday morning the prairie was on the move around me. The sand was blowing alright, but more impressively it was the first really good tumbleweed day of the season. Speeding down the highway in a small car it appeared that herds of […]

North Korea deal not perfect, but it works for now

Freedom New Mexico You might say the new quasi agreement with North Korea amounts to kicking the can down the road, and you might be right. But kicking the can down the road to be handled by the next administration is probably a less-worse outcome than continuing a strictly confrontational approach to the “hermit kingdom” […]

Oct. 1, 1975

The Portales News-Tribune reported that an almost complete skeleton of a bison was found in a borrow ditch alongside Kakawate Road. Dr. George Agogino of the Paleo-Indian Institute at ENMU oversaw the full excavation during the next two days.

ENMU loses opener on road 16-9

Freedom New Mexico BETHANY, Okla. — Junior running back Brandon Smith capped a 92-yard drive with a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown plunge in the final minute of the half, giving Southern Nazarene the lead for good Saturday night in a storm-delayed 16-9 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the season opener for both teams. The […]

Zia volleyball, soccer falls on the road

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team hung close with its opponents Saturday, but the Zias were unable to break through in the season-opening St. Mary’s/Texas MedClinic Invitational. The Zias (0-4) led in all four games against Missouri Southern, but dropped a 27-25, 22-25, 30-28, 25-18 decision to the […]

Hounds take new offense for road test

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Facing Eastern New Mexico University’s new spread offense in preseason practice has helped the Greyhounds’ defense. Instead of working against the grind-it-out, triple-option as in the past, sophomore inside linebacker Nathan Uland said the defense is able to get a look at what it’ll face in a lot of […]