Air Commandos respond to exercise

USAF: Maj. Mike Janssen U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, evaluates emergency medical technicians responding to a simulated injury during a 27th SOW exercise at Melrose Air Force Range. Base personnel were evaluated on actions taken in response to two separate incidents and performed well according […]

Portales man facing drunken driving charge

PNT staff reports A Portales man was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, after crashing his truck into three vehicles on South Avenue K. The 1995 GMC pickup collided with three other vehicles parked on the opposite side of the road at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Eastern New […]

Thursday morning briefing: A truck pull, bright lights and free trade

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Muscle time Southwest Cheese is hosting a Moo-ve It truck pull fundraiser 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Teams of 15 members each test their strength by attempting to pull a truck. All proceeds benefit United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

My turn: Photo-fanatic on loose

Alisa Boswell I received free entertainment Wednesday morning in the form of my sister and her camera. We shared in a farewell breakfast with our parents at IHOP in Clovis just before they left the state to head for their new home. My sister was a camera fanatic the entire morning, insisting on taking a […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Ticket feature: Monster trucks coming to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Nationally known Monster trucks and utility vehicle racing comes to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the third year Cycle City Promotions along with The Bank of Clovis will bring the monster truck show to Clovis at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “We want the people to come out and […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped the bus to help a semi-truck driver who had been hit by a pickup on the side of the road between Fort Sumner and Melrose. She said she didn’t think […]

Garbage truck fire prompts warning

The city of Clovis sent out a release Friday asking residents to ensure fireplace ashes are put out prior to placement in trash containers to avoid damage to city equipment. Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said a minor fire broke out in a city garbage truck Friday, resulting from burning ashes dumped by […]

Portales past: Feb. 11, 1954

Feb. 11, 1954: The Portales Tribune: According to Mrs. Lacy Armstrong, car and truck license sales were slightly ahead of this time last year. Approximately 2,000 car licenses and 800 truck and pickup licenses had been issued to date.

Clovis police officer indicted for vehicular homicide

Sharna Johnson A Curry County grand jury late Friday indicted Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by a motor vehicle. Gallegos faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted on both third-degree felony counts, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

Two killed in auto accident

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents died in a roll-over this weekend. Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, both of Portales, died in a single-vehicle crash on South Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X, according to a news release from the State Police. Glascock said the owner of the property where […]

Teen thrown from truck, dies

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Freedom New Mexico Police said a 14-year-old girl was killed Wednesday morning when the wind caught a mattress she was sitting on in the bed of a pickup truck and threw her from the vehicle. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies were called to State Road 523 (East 21st Street) between Curry roads E […]

Police release name of Portales drowning victim

LOGAN — Mu’Allum Thayer, 31, of Portales drowned Friday morning at Ute Lake. A spokesperson for New Mexico State Police said Thayer’s body was discovered about 2 p.m. Friday in eight feet of water about 30 yards from shore. State Police were called to Ute Lake early Friday morning by two women who were swimming […]

Feb. 5, 1975

Two men from Portales were painfully injured in Santa Rosa Friday at noon when they were pinned between their car and a building after a gasoline transport truck rolled into their vehicle, according to the Portales News-Tribune.

U.S. 70 closed for disabled truck

Police closed U.S. 70 at Johnston Hill until a wrecker could move a disabled tractor-trailer Friday afternoon. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker said the axles came off the truck, but no one was injured. He said traffic was backed up from Johnston Hill, about 4.5 miles north of Portales, back to town. Parker […]

Portales man injured in collision

PNT staff Police say one person was injured Tuesday when a pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle on Chicago Avenue. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said a 2007 Nissan driven by Barry Vaughn, 34, of Clarksville, Ark., was stopped on Chicago waiting for traffic to clear when he was hit by a southbound 2005 Chevy […]

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 […]

Tanker accident closes highway; one killed in weekend accident

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, three serious vehicle crashes in Curry County resulted in one death, multiple injuries and a 6,000-gallon asphalt spill. A 25-year-old Clovis man killed Sunday night on N.M. 467 has been identified as Jose Gutierrez-Becerra. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said other occupants of […]

Portales man garners award for truck

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Johnny Middleton got into restoring cars and trucks because when he was younger, he had to build his own. Recently, he got an article published in a MOPAR Action magazine about his truck, Li’l Red Express, which he restored and won car shows with. Middleton said he got started […]