Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

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Name: Donna J. Mowrer Job: Deputy District Attorney Time on job: Since August 2001 Background: Mowrer Earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science at ENMU with graduating magna cum laude. She attended the University of New Mexico Law School and participated in the UNM clinical law student program. She graduated in 2001 from UNM. She […]

Tale of Contrast

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls him a guy who gave an acquaintance a ride and got tagged with murder charges when the responsible party wanted to avoid the death penalty. Opening arguments began Thursday […]

Charges dropped against Portales street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against a street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer dropped the charges on Oct. 19 in Portales Magistrate Court. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested the morning of April 17 for causing a disturbance to […]

Fire chief plans to retire after more than 20 years

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer After more than 20 years of service for the Portales Fire Department, Jesse Mowrer is hanging up his fire hat and putting away his boots to spend more time with his family. Mowrer has worked for the fire department for almost 21 years in different capacities ranging from firefighter, emergency […]

City representatives thank community for its generosity

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer City representatives commended Portales citizens for their generosity when called upon to help Hurricane Katrina victims and to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association. Capt. Chuck Haman, emergency management director of the Portales Fire Department, said at one point it looked like Portales would receive 100 evacuees. “As a […]

Fire department receives grant from Homeland Security program

PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department is in operation mainly to stop fires that endanger the lives and property of Portales residents. The department also attempts to educate people in an effort to stop potential fires, and has received more than $20,000 to support their efforts. The Portales Fire Department was one of two New […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Hospital sees revenue slide

By Tony Parra It may be good news for Portales residents, but bad news for Roosevelt General Hospital officials, as the number of patients seen at RGH went down for November and December. Kevin Ramage, Roosevelt General Hospital chief financial officer, reported revenue and the number of patients seen for November and December were lower […]

City, relative tries to rekindle Portales ties for soldier

By Tony Parra One American soldier in Iraq wanted to get back the hometown feeling, and Portales residents are putting together of package to rekindle the Portales hometown feeling for him. Sgt. Ernie Aguilar of the Medical Section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is currently in Iraq this Thanksgiving. Aguilar provides medical care and […]

City council celebrates new channel

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors on Tuesday celebrated a new channel on Comcast cable television that will televise community events. Comcast viewers can flip to channel 19 and view Roosevelt County events, including the city council and school board meetings. Ortega also said organization members interested in posting events can contact […]

Portales Fire Department receives grant money

PNT Staff In the wake of several fires blazing across New Mexico, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici last week commended the Portales fire department for successfully completing another round of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding that will finance the purchase of two pieces of training equipment. Domenici, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations […]

Dry winds spark fire season for High Plains

Darrell Todd Maurina Many New Mexicans watched in shock this summer as the scenic Rio Grande bosque passing through downtown Albuquerque caught fire and threatened the city. Similar fires in California didn’t just threaten but actually destroyed many structures and killed some residents. Local fire officials warn that it’s now the season for fires on […]

Fire destroys vacant house

PNT Staff An explosion woke residents along the New Mexico 267 highway in the early hours on Tuesday as a fire demolished a vacant house along the highway Sue Durham, neighbor of the C. L. Wilhoit residence, called 911 and said she heard an explosion at 4:30 a.m. and saw the fire from the bathroom. […]

Man pleads not guilty to fatal crash

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Tony Parra The criminal history of a Roswell man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a 2-week-old boy may be a factor in a case involving driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. Brian Moshier, 40, was arraigned on Monday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. He has four prior convictions for driving […]