It’s their job: Rene Hernandez

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Rene Hernandez Job: Custodian and maintenance work for the Roosevelt County Courthouse Time on the job: 12 days Background: Before taking the position at the courthouse, Hernandez worked for the Dora Schools for eight years in a similar position. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Cleaning windows, […]

Daughter has become commodity

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers No one has come right out and said it, but I know my daughter is a commodity right now. An economic good. A product. Something of value. Maybe even a commission to someone. My daughter Laura is a high school senior this year and Uncle Sam is just one of […]

Rules must be applied equally

Editorial It’s easy to understand the large protests that greeted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-anticipated speech Monday at Columbia University, less easy to understand those who tried to stop the event or who even want to punish Columbia for holding it. The New York Sun reported on efforts by the Democratic state Assembly speaker of […]

Co-defendant refuses to testify in murder trial

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By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday in Roosevelt County District Court, according to prosecutors. Orlando Salas, a 17-year-old serving a sentence for his connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, was also charged with […]

West Texas hassles Hounds

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo knows his team can compete with the West Texas A&M Buffaloes on a good day. Wednesday wasn’t that day. The visting Buffs beat the Greyhounds 7-1 in a Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU soccer pitch. “We didn’t come out […]

Lady Rams pushed to five games in win at Roswell

PNT Staff Report For their second consecutive match, the Lady Rams won another nail-biting five-game contest — this one was at Roswell High Tuesday night. The Portales girls won the decisive Game 5, 15-8. “I thought in Game 5, we just completely took control of the game,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. The scores were […]

Victim’s brother takes stand

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the blood from a gunshot wound to the 10-year-old’s head while waiting for ambulance crews to arrive. Carlos Perez died later that day at a Lubbock hospital. Ruben Perez, 19, testified […]

Portales residents charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents have been arrested for what police said were their roles in beating a 13-year-old with a rope. Jesus Gonzales, 28, and Susana Gonzales, 47, were arrested Wednesday and charged with abuse of a child, a third-degree felony, according to a statement from the Portales Police Department. They are both […]

Helicopter based at area hospital

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital now has AeroCare during the day, allowing the facility to transport patients to Lubbock in a timely manner. According to RGH administrator James D’Agostino, the helicopter is based at the hospital on a temporary basis. During the day, Aerocare is on site and at night the […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

Freedom New Mexico Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of […]