Feb. 12, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 37 Vehicle taxes: A bill (HB649) sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, would increase the state’s motor vehicle excise tax from 3 to 4 percent. Raising the tax by 1 percent is expected to create $40 million in revenue in the 2010 fiscal year. Most of the money, 60 percent, would […]

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 […]

Former Cannon airman pulls truck driver from overturned vehicle

Freedom New Mexico

Speed limit changes for Perimeter Road

By: 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron The speed limit on base has changed at three different locations along the south end of Perimeter Road near the Portales Gate. The first is located upon entering the Portales Gate and traveling toward the Caprock Inn. While approaching the right hand turn running adjacent to Curry County […]

Dec. 31 Commander's Action Line

Can you use an officially issued cell phone while driving military installations? Thank you for the action line submission. Whether operating a privately owned or government vehicle and using either a personal or government phone, the hazards are still the same. Joint Traffic Regulation AFI 31-218 (I) para 4-2 Installation Traffic codes states: (3) Driver […]

Police report several auto burglaries

PNT Staff Report Eight auto burglaries have been reported in Portales in less than a week, according to Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Sunday, a purse was taken from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Globe Avenue and an iPod from a vehicle in the 100 block of North Avenue A, Berry said. Saturday, […]

Clovis man charged with starting fire

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a 24-year-old Clovis man on Monday in connection with a 2004 fire at the Clovis Bender Chevrolet Dealership, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Aaron Quinones is charged with breaking into the dealership to steal money from a safe, starting a fire that caused $1.5 million […]

Local Briefs Dec. 21

Police investigate auto burglaries Portales police officers are investigating three auto burglaries that occurred Thursday night and Friday, Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Thursday night, tools were taken out of the back of a pickup truck. Berry said it appeared to be a crime of opportunity. Friday, someone broke a window in a vehicle and […]

No suspects in vehicle theft

PNT staff Someone stole a car from West 18th Street Wednesday night, and the vehicle was found wrecked Thursday morning near the City of Portales soccer fields, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. The Ford Escape belonging to a 64-year-old woman was reported stolen between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Berry said it may have […]

Van stolen and recovered

PNT staff Thieves took a van with the keys inside about 4 p.m. Monday, but later left the vehicle a few blocks away, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. A 54-year-old Portales man had parked the 1995 Dodge van in front of a business on South Avenue A and left the keys inside when he […]

Man arrested on car theft, DWI charges

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales man was charged with felony DWI after police said he stole a pickup truck Tuesday night and crashed it into a utility pole on First Street, according to police. To safely investigate the scene and remove the vehicle, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, police had utility workers cut electricity […]

Three killed, one injured in collision

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Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis men were killed, and another was injured in a head-on collision Wednesday on N.M. 209 north of Clovis, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. According to Glascock, the three killed were: • Charles Sims, 89, driver of a 1996 Mercury four-door vehicle. • Carlos Bustillos, 26 • […]

Portales police car in crash

PNT Staff Report A Portales police car was involved in an accident Sunday evening. Capt. Lonnie Berry said Officer Lee Ferguson had turned on his lights and siren in pursuit of a vehicle that ran a red light in front of him at the intersection of First and Main streets. Ferguson was headed north on […]

Portales man injured in accident

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday morning in southeast of Portales. Kyle Parrish, 25, was in the surgical intensive care unit at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night. She would not release information on Parrish’s condition. Parrish drove into the ditch on […]

One-vehicle rollover

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PNT Staff Report The driver and one passenger of the 1998 Ford Taurus were taken to Roosevelt General Hospital after rolling over at about 2:45 p.m., according

Mother of four dies in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 22-year-old Clovis mother of four died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on U.S. Highway 60 east of Vaughn, according to state police. Suzanne M. Urioste died at the scene of the crash around noon, Sgt. Jason Waller said. Urioste’s 2-year-old daughter was flown to an Albuquerque hospital with skull fractures. Her […]

Two vehicle accident slows traffic along West First Street

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Portales Police officer C. Morgan directs traffic following a two-vehicle accident at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Main Street and West First Street. There were no injuries reported at the scene.

Amarillo man dies in Clovis crash

A 26-year-old Amarillo man died Monday morning following a three-vehicle crash on East Mabry Drive in Clovis. Donnie Burris died during helicopter transport to a Lubbock hospital for trauma care, according to a press release from Clovis police. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m., the release said. A 2005 GMC Panhandle Fire Protection pickup […]

Two missing in Ruidoso flood

The Associated Press

Smart driving, vehicle maintenance can save gas

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer With gas at an average of $3.99 a gallon consumers are looking for ways to improve and increase their gas mileage. Automobile manufacturers are developing newer vehicles that are fuel efficient. But what about people who are trying to get the best mileage possible from an older vehicle? Local […]