My turn: Alcohol abuse a disease, not moral lapse

The postcard from a Portales church urging me to vote “No” on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants inadvertently reminded me to vote. “In addition to the economic impact (of alcohol abuse), we see an enormous social impact. Domestic violence, alcohol related diseases, and drunk driving all affect more than just the bottom line,” the card […]

Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

Hippie child shouldn’t have undocumented status

Freedom New Mexico Call it hippie abuse. We’ve all heard about undocumented immigrants and their absurd conundrum: They cannot get documents, in part, because they lack documents that are needed to get documents. Duh. Our economy wants them, needs them and taxes them. Meanwhile, the law makes certain they live underground without the licenses and […]

Horse welfare on decline

The road to increased horse abandonment and abuse is paved with good intentions. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently (June 2011) finished its report on the current status of horse welfare in the U.S. titled “Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.” The GAO is the equivalent of the […]

Portales man charged with child abuse, DWI

PNT staff report A 37-year-old Roosevelt County man has been arrested on accusations that he was driving while intoxicated with an unrestrained toddler in the back seat. Manuel Gallegos is charged with child abuse and altering vehicle registration, both felonies, as well as a third offense of aggravated DWI, not maintaining lanes, driving on a […]

Portales mom faces child abuse charges

A Portales woman is awaiting a preliminary hearing in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court on charges that she cruelly punished two of her children in February, according to court and police records. Paula Encinias, 28, also known as Paula Baldivia, is charged with two first offenses of child abuse, a third-degree felony, and has pleaded not […]

Their view: Senate overdue for reform

Senate overdue for reform Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., on his push for sweeping procedural changes in the Senate: Over one year ago, after observing the unprecedented dysfunction in the U.S. Senate, I stood on the floor of the chamber and called on my colleagues to reflect on what this institution has become and what we […]

Portales woman arrested for child abuse

PNT staff report A 42-year-old Portales woman has been arrested on charges of abusing her 11-year-old son. Rhonda Gorrell is charged with a second offense of abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant: • A Portales Police officer met with a teacher and counselor at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary […]

Their turn: Child abuse charge hypocritical of police

Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort: Sometimes, The State’s actions seem like the setup for a joke. After a church service in Albuquerque, a man (who happens to be an ex-convict) stabbed a man who was approaching to greet him. Now, when I […]

Clovis mom charged with child abuse

Sharna Johnson Police have arrested the 21-year-old mother of a 6-month-old boy hospitalized in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries. Amanda Fain was charged Thursday night with abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm. She is being held at the Curry County jail on $100,000 cash-only bond, jail officials said. Police responded to Fain’s residence […]

Portales woman charged with child abuse in connection with crash

PNT staff report A Portales woman faces three felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in connection with a crash Sunday in Portales. According to court records, 26-year-old Natalie Soto crashed her Chevrolet Cavalier into a cinderblock fence early Sunday morning in the 1200 block of North Avenue M. Court records indicated […]

My turn: Drug abuse serious issue

I’m not one for making something into a big deal if it’s not warranted. But this week’s video is just a small example of why the article in Thursday’s paper should be taken very seriously, and local pharmacies and law enforcement alike should prepare themselves. Prescription drug abuse may not be an issue yet in […]

Volunteer profile: Milz Bickley

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Name: Milz Bickley Residence: Pep Occupation: Retired operations manager for Greyhound bus lines. Volunteer: Bickley volunteers with the Community Service Center, Roosevelt County Healthy Council and Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative. Why he does it: Bickley believes we need to work to help our community be as well functioning as possible.

Abuse survivor lends voice to cause

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Dawn Lade, right, hugs Family Advocacy Program Outreach Manager Tyleen Caffrey during a presentation on domestic violence Tuesday night. Lade spoke about her experience in an abusive relationship at the base theater. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The crowd wasn’t big for Dawn Lade on Tuesday night, but it’s a […]

Couple indicted on child abuse charges

PNT staff A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both adults […]

Portales couple indicted on child abuse charge

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One non-profit organization in Clovis, called Junctions, aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse […]

Portales couple charged child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

Roosevelt County mother sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County woman convicted of first-degree child abuse was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Alicia Dean, 32, was given the maximum sentence under law, said District Attorney Matt Chandler. “Because it is a first degree felony, there is a mandatory 18 year sentence,” Chandler said. “She would have to […]

Portales man arrested for child abuse

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested a man for felony aggravated battery of a household member and two counts of child abuse Monday night. At 10 p.m., Quarry Ren, 29, who lives at North Avenue I, was seen chasing a vehicle when the officer pulled him over on East Juniper Street and Boston Avenue, according […]