Portales teen facing burglary charges

A 16-year-old Portales boy has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to Portales Police reports: • About 2:30 a.m. Friday, an officer responded to a report of an auto burglary in progress in the 200 block of North Indio Avenue. • En route, the officer was told the vehicle owner […]

Police investigating officer’s third auto accident

By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Saturday’s rollover accident involving Portales Police Officer Lee Ferguson — the officer’s third on-duty accident in four years — remained under investigation Monday night, police said. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said the investigation into the accident is ongoing and no charges had been filed Monday night against either […]

Storm leaves widespread damage

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body in Clovis, points out hail damage Monday on a 2009 Honda Civic that occurred during Saturday’s night hail storm. Songer said, “this is one of 165 vehicles assignments that have come in for estimates the past six hours, and this is the most […]

Police expect to make auto burglary arrests

Freedom New Mexico Police have two suspects in a Saturday auto burglary spree in north central Clovis. Beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday, police began receiving reports of auto burglaries in the 800 blocks of Prairieview Drive and Yucca Avenue. At least eight residents reported their vehicles broken into and burglarized, records show. Police Capt. Patrick […]

Man arrested for auto burglaries – more anticipated arrests pending

A 20-year-old Clovis man identified as Matthew Gonzales was arrested early this morning on December 17, 2009 for Auto Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Larceny, 3 Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Charges are pending against several juveniles that were involved in the burglaries with Matthew […]

Store closing means end of downtown Clovis fixture

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File photo Don Clark, 72, was a fixture in downtown Clovis as he helped bring visibility to Smyth Auto parts store by waving at passing motorists on Main Street. The 58-year-old store closed for good on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A bygone era in automotive service is truly coming to an end […]

Business feature: Muleshoe store owner retiring after 42 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico You could say that Charles Bratcher got into a little bit of a routine while running an auto parts shop in Muleshoe for the last 42 years. Here’s how Bratcher says it: “After you’ve done something for a while, it becomes a habit. I’m kind of in the habit […]

Auto skills center offers DIY help

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Major Chris Wyatt changes a fuel pump on his vehicle at the Auto Skills Center on base. Wyatt, who transfered to Cannon from Hurlburt AFB in Florida, said he always looks for auto centers such as this one whenever he moves to a new facility. By Eric Butler: Freedom New […]

Obama has hidden auto agenda

The Wall Street Journal the other day had an article about the leaders of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, none of whom have any experience in the auto industry. If I were trying to overhaul the medical industry I think I’d hire a few doctors. Obama’s deep concern for the future of GM and Chrysler […]

New mandates will only harm auto industry

Freedom New Mexico Even as Washington doles out tens of billions of dollars to rescue unprofitable Detroit automakers, President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday to impose billions of dollars of additional costs on the industry. He directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider granting 14 states waivers to set their own more strict regulations […]