City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Judge Hartley surgery delays 27 local cases

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday. Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant . Some of Hartley’s […]

Oct. 2 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in district court: Larry Brooks, 20, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and is ordered to serve six months in jail followed by by 12 months of probation, pay $105 in fines and enter batterer’s intervention. Sally Puebla, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer […]

5/1 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • James Truelove, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was ordered to pay fines. • Phillip Hammons, 18, pleaded guilty to concealing identity and minor in possession and was ordered to serve 6 months supervised probation. • Jessica Aguilar, 23, pleaded no […]

‘Believe in Me’ nearing end of production

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in the production of the movie “Believe in Me” in Clovis and Portales last year, and is now working in post-production to get the film perfected. “The process itself might be […]

April 24 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Nubia Acosta, 20, pled no contest to no driver’s license and no insurance and was ordered to pay fines. • Russell Shipman, 25, pled no contest to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and was ordered to serve 90 days of […]

March 13 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Luis Perez, 25, was found guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor (first offense) and driving on roadways laned for traffic and was ordered to serve 90 days of supervised probation. • Stanley Salczynski, 46, pled no contest aggravated driving […]

Older is here, but wiser seems to be on hold

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Jack Benny got away with calling himself 39 right up to his death at age 80. In reality, he actually turned 40 on St. Valentine’s Day in 1934. Now that I’m getting older, he has become my role model. My friends tell me I need to stop saying I’m 39, […]

Feb. 6 Public Record

The following marriage certificates were recently issued in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Joshua Rolen, 18, and Dlya Anne Parsons, 18, both of Portales. • Ryan Aguirri, 19, and Brittany Elrod, 18, both of Portales. • Antonio Plemons, 28, and Nora Juana Tacho, 37, both of Portales. • Tony Flores Sr., 41, and Carmelita Lucero, […]

Novak relatives want answers

By David Irvin For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is all right. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. 28 in […]

Dec. 26 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: — Henry Graves, 45, pled guilty to larceny (more than $250) and will serve 18 months of supervised probation. The following marriage certificates were recently issued in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — Gary Robbins, 54, and Rose Pechal, 44, both of Portales.

Dec. 12 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Adam Elliott, 18, found guilty of reckless driving and will serve 90 days of supervised probation. • Shelly Gonzales, 29, found guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under an ounce and will serve 364 days of supervised probation. • […]

Parent turns to Empty Stocking Fund

Freedom Newspapers The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Portales News-Tribune. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children, and baskets of food, with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families will receive donated turkeys instead of the voucher. […]

‘Believe’ crew wraps it up for local filming

At 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, First Assistant Director David Cluck called, “That’s a wrap!” for the last time on “Believe In Me.” Six weeks before, in Ned Houk Park just north of Clovis, we took our first shot of the picture as lead actor Jeff Donovan climbed into the blue pickup that would serve as […]

Aug. 22 Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — Jayson Lopez, 30, and Robin Edwards, 38, both of Clovis. — Tristan Selmon, 21, and Renee Archunde, 24, both of Portales. The following divorces were filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: — Christy Brakebill and Warren Brakebill. — Rodger Thomas […]

June 13 Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — James Earle, 23, and Cassandra Ballauer, 22, both of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: — Edward Wickware, 22, found guilty of false imprisonment, breaking and entering and criminal damage to property and will […]

May 23 Public Record

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Jessie Sanchez, 27, and Nicole Bruyere, 25, both of Mineral, Texas. • Jamie Knight, 23, and Tiffany Lee Aulbach, 22, both of Mountain Home, Idaho. • Nathaniel Huerta, 25, and Meghin Irwin, 22, both of Portales. • David Milliron, 22, and Senaida Herrera, 24, […]

Feb. 24 Public Record

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Shaune M. Gibson, 39, and Patricia A. Hallford, 20, both of Portales. The following divorces were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Laduska and Jeramy L. Magallanes. Andrew W. and Angel E. Naylor. Charles A. and Karen L. Daggett. Hector and Monica […]

Residents outraged over commodities

Mike Linn Residents of south Roosevelt County are upset about a new commodity program, claiming portions of the food distributed last week were rotten and inedible. “The squash they sent was absolutely ridiculous — it was ruined. It was not edible,” said Mavis Carmichael of Garrison. “And I cooked the turkey because I didn’t want […]

American calendar system needs rethinking

Jim Lee Welcome to 2004. Are we ready to start another year of wondering which months have 30 days and which have 31? It seems easy when we say long and short alternate, starting with a long one. It’s a matter of 31, 30 and so on, right? Well, not quite. There is the matter […]