DWI program gets renewed

By Michelle Seeber The Portales City Council on Tuesday approved a request for renewal of contracts for the DWI Program. Before the contract renewals were approved, DWI Coordinator Marsha Brown told the council the program has several components. Among them is Teen Court, whereby teenagers charged with misdemeanors are tried by their peers and sentenced [...]

Attorneys have opposing views on sex offender laws

Darrell Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important tools through [...]

Angel Ministries on duty

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Mike Linn Three Portales women are seeking funds for a male-only Christian rehabilitation center, which could serve as an alternative to jail for non-violent drug and alcohol offenders. Sheila Savitz-Strange and her partners Viola Burke and Debbie Martinez are seeking donations, grants and a loan of approximately $200,000 from a Clovis bank to help fund [...]