Meth series hits home

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine . Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, […]

Man to produce documentary on meth

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series dealing with the effects of methamphetamine addiction and its growing impact on local communities. Paul Hunton wants people who watch his video documentary to walk away disgusted. And if they don’t, “Then something is wrong with them.” Hunton, a 2006 […]

Groups offer support, share experiences

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on methamphetamine, a manmade chemical, and its growing impact on local communities. At the southeast corner of Portales Cemetery is a granite headstone with a letter titled, “My Sad Story,” embedded on the surface for visitors and passers-by to read. […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]

DA discusses meth program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hoping to bring more awareness of a continuing problem, the Eastern New Mexico University Criminal Justice Association held a presentation on methamphetamine. District Attorney Matthew Chandler was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s program, where he outlined his Meth Watch program, which restricts and monitors the sale of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine […]

Life of a bill

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, R-Clovis. Constituent e-mails, letters and phone calls bounced in her head. Suggested laws. Suggested funding. Requests she finds reasonable, […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Portales seeing more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers have seen increases in cocaine-related arrests and a decline of meth-related arrests, but Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said city and county police officers will continue to work together to combat the narcotics problem — no matter what drug it is. Portales Police Department Chief Jeff […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Portales residents can help battle meth epidemic

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis in America today. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department described the […]