Tragedy teaches several lessons

Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, miners and many others. […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Libby’s jail sentence miscarriage of justice

Editorial As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes of which […]

March 18, 2007 Court Dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to the reports: • Sandra Sanchez, 39, pleaded guilty to the charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs (third offense) and driving while license suspended or revoked, was ordered to serve three years probation, enter into and […]

June 11, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were filed this week at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office. • Joseph Randy Montoya, 25, of Roswell, to Sonya Renee, 22, of Portales. • Russell Roberts, 50, of Portales, to Alicia Garcia-Martinez, 40, of Clovis. • Joshua Webster, 19, of Portales, to Stacy Swinney, 18, of Portales. • Joel Erich Adams, […]

Sitcom material continues to accumulate

By Kevin Wilson TUCUMCARI — Have you ever wanted to speak out, but stopped yourself because you knew reality couldn’t quite stand up to what you imagine saying? Yeah, I do that a lot. I was eating at a restaurant, on recommendation from a friend, and felt rather slighted. Since this column goes into newspapers […]

Teenager given maximum sentence

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis teenager pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with the shooting death last year of an acquaintance. Adam Crespin, 19, killed Lavon Harris with a shotgun in the early morning hours of March 3, 2004, at the Clovis Apartments, […]

Suspects arrested in Newman case

Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is hospitalized at Covenant hospital […]

Dec. 19 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: — Jacqueline Troy, 18, pled no contest to the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and will serve 364 days of supervised probation. — Chris Wilkinson, 22, pled guilty to the charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug (first […]

Council bringing new equipment for courts, other departments

By Tony Parra City councilors approved the ratification of agreements for the installation of equipment for video arraignment at the Municipal court on Tuesday at the city council meeting. The first agreement is with Qwest providing video arraignment equipment. The city of Portales and the Administrative Office of the Courts agreed that the cost will […]

Portales teen arraigned on murder charge

By Kevin Wilson A Portales teenager was arraigned Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. Baca was indicted last week […]

New Year’s question: to stay or go

By Tony Parra Portales residents of all ages will have an opportunity to celebrate the new year with others from around the area, the only question being how far are they willing to travel to celebrate. For those wanting to stay in Portales for the festivities, the Victory Life Christian Church will have two different […]

BBQ and tunes highlight Dawg Days

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Tony Parra The Dog Days of Summer can be a drag. Dawg Days at Eastern New Mexico University are another thing. Dawg Days is the name of four days of freshman orientation that started on Thursday with freshman moving into the dormitories and a barbecue at 5 p.m. at the Dallan Sanders plaza. “This is […]