Super Sunday often equals super problems

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By Tony Parra Football fans around Portales will be doing what millions of people will be doing on Sunday, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. However, winning and losing may not be the only concern on that day. Local law enforcement will keep a watchful eye on that […]

Alcohol petition lacks enough signatures

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A petition to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis bars and restaurants lacked the required signatures to be placed on the ballot for the next municipal election, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. To have made it on the March 7 ballot, the petition required 733 signatures from registered Clovis voters. […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 […]

June 26 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Magistrate Court: • Shawna Reid, 29, pleaded no contest to aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, and is ordered to serve 2 days incarceration followed by one year supervised probation, place an ignition lock on any vehicles driven by her for […]

5/29 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Louis Duran, 31, pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia and is ordered to serve a year, less one day, supervised probation, not to enter into a place where alcohol is served nor consume or associate with anyone who is consuming alcohol, […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

Attorney General to speak at ENMU

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer State Attorney General Patricia Madrid is traveling around the state in an effort to combat binge and underage drinking. Madrid will speak to Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and Portales community members from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Faculty Lounge in the Campus Union Building […]

New law would limit alcohol purchase for convicted drunken drivers

By Kevin Wilson New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. “I think this is something that will have a real effect on DWI in New Mexico,” Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, said Tuesday at a news conference. The […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Residents to decide on licenses today

By Tony Parra Portales voters will decide today if city restaurant owners can apply for beer and wine licenses from the state. If voters approve, restaurant owners could begin sending applications to the state’s alcohol and gaming division as early as Oct. 27. While the city already allows liquor licenses, the beer and wine license […]

Every election has its importance

By Jim Lee Those of us in this community who have remained reasonably close to consciousness realize an election will take place in November. But how many of us know about the one this Tuesday? Registered Portales citizens need to vote on this week’s alcohol issue. When I did my informal poll, I discovered that […]

Voters to choose fate on beer, wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents will weigh in on whether beer and wine will be flowing through many restaurants in Portales in the near future when they go to the polls on Sept. 21. If the vote is passed, the Alcohol and Gaming Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department can begin to […]

Alcohol ban could follow DWI conviction

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license […]

Clovis man found guilty of vehicular homicide

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Harry Downey, 70, showed no reaction Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer […]

Jury undecided in vehicular homicide case

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began in the courtroom of […]

Veteran’s clubs could be fined for liquor laws

Darrell Todd Maurina Johnny Washington has a warning for veteran’s groups: Dot your “i’s,” cross your “t’s,” or face major problems with state liquor and gaming regulators. Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Joint Veterans Council of Clovis, Washington said state veterans organizations and other private clubs have been forced to reexamine their activities following […]

Celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve

Jim Lee Wednesday will be the last day of 2003. It seems like a couple of days ago we were talking about how all the computers would revolt when the year 2000 happened. We passed up that eagerly anticipated crisis without major mishap, so I suppose the start of 2004 won’t cause too many problems. […]

Alcohol sting busts businesses for underage sales

Michelle Seeber Four out of five Portales business employees sold alcohol to minors during an undercover sting conducted over the weekend, resulting in citations for both the business owners and the employees who sold the liquor. The only business to pass the undercover sting was Wal-Mart, leaving employees and owners of Town & Country, IGA, […]

Police: Poor decision cause of Ute Lake drownings

Angela Peacock By Angela Peacock Freedom Newspapers Angela_Peacock@link.freedom.com Two Portales men who drowned in Ute Lake last August made a “bad decision” to leave their boat and try to swim through unfamiliar waters in the dark, a state police official said Monday. Toxicology reports released Monday show small amounts of alcohol were present in the […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]