It's their business: Blacklock’s Auto Service

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Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Blacklock’s Auto Service owner Ronnie Blacklock said he offers free auto diagnostics to military dependents. He said 60 percent of his business comes from Cannon Air Force Base. Blacklock’s Auto Service • Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays by appointment. • Location: 220 W. Seventh St. • […]

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 […]

It's their business: Rembrandt’s Auto Body

Rembrandt’s Auto Body • Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays • Location: 3101 W. Seventh St. • Type of business: Auto repair • What they offer: Collision repair, auto glass and restorations • Specialty: Collision repair. • Owner:George Songer • Open since: 1999 • Information: 763-1434

It's their business: No Hassle Auto Service

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Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte No Hassle technician Jason Romero, left, and co-owner John Kuchta use an electronic scan tool on an SUV. No Hassle Auto Service • Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays by appointment. • Location: 1820 W. Seventh St. • Owner: Cliff and John Kuchta • Type of business: […]

Skills development center houses auto mechanic shop

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Staff Sgt. Richard Taylor of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, works on his car in the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Skills Center while he was in Clovis visiting family. Alisa Boswell New airmen to Cannon Air Force Base may not know there is a source of learning and […]

Auto shows will roll into town

File photo The Cannon Thunder auto show will begin at Doc Stewart Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cannon Connections staff It’s a weekend for auto lovers with two auto shows in Clovis Saturday. The first show will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth streets in conjunction with the Ethnic Fair. […]

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 […]

Car show attracts auto enthusiasts

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Kenny Funchess, left, and Airman 1st class Darren Raines talk about the details of a Yamaha R6 motorcycle. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer The staff at the community center at Doc Stewart is always looking for ways to connect Cannon Air Force Base with the communities that surround […]

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 […]

Auto skills center offers DIY help

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Tripp Johnson gets some advice from Leonard Marchman at the Auto Skills Center before he rotates his tires. Marchman has been the manager of the Cannon Air Force Base facility since 2001. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections When Leonard Marchman took a job at Cannon Air Force Base several years […]

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 […]

Texas man arrested for auto burglaries

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Hereford man is in custody in connection with nearly two dozen auto burglaries Tuesday in north Clovis. Balentine Martinez Murillo Jr., 25, was arrested by Curry County Sheriff’s deputies around 7 p.m. Tuesday following a high-speed pursuit, according to police. He is being held on a $50,000 cash […]

Shop owners: More car owners squeezing out extra miles

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ray Dodge of No Hassle Muffler and Auto Service replaces a valve cover gasket Monday on an 1996 Plymouth Neon. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local auto service and repair shops operators said business is up as vehicle owners opt to repair and maintain their rides rather than spend […]

Rash of auto burglaries reported

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