April 29, 2007 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court. According to the documents: • Lonnie Sue Burton, 33, pleaded no contest to the charges of forgery and theft of identity, was ordered to serve 36 months of probation, pay restitution, and pay court fees and fines. • Paul Gutierrez, 34, pleaded no […]

Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: —Amanda Luna, 18, pleaded no contest to the charge of possession of marijuana, less than one ounce, was ordered to serve 90 days unsupervised probation and pay court fees and fines. —Aimie Constantapoulos, pleaded guilty to the charge of driving under the influence […]

Magistrate Court dispositions

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. According to the documents: —Amber Gibson, 25, pleaded no contest to the charges of fraudulent use of a debit card and theft of identity, obtaining identity by electronic fraud amended to attempted unauthorized use of debit card and attempted theft of identity, was […]

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 […]

March 4, 2007 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Pete Apodaca pleaded guilty to the charges of assault against a household member, was ordered to serve 182 days supervised probation, attend ASPEN program, enter into and successfully complete Batterer’s Intervention Program, and pay court fees and fines. • Pete Apodaca pleaded […]

Checks checking out as payment option

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the tuition bill rolls around each semester at Eastern New Mexico University, Roma Vivas throws down her Discover card even though she has the money on hand. Several times a week, the U.S. Postal Service is a backdoor ATM when customers buy a 39-cent stamp, pay with a debit […]

Middle man stunts health care reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

Retro pay reaches $31,000, averages $1,500

By Tom Philpott : Military Update Two months into a year-long review of pay records and disability compensation histories for 140,000 military retirees have produced a total of $45 million in back pay to 31,000 disabled retirees, say officials in charge. The lump-sum payments average about $1,500. Ten retirees have received more than $25,000 each, […]

Customer service providers not always helpful

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I could write a whole column on the times people have ended a conversation by telling me, “You’re mean.” But I will prove I’m too nice. A few weeks ago, I got a call on my cell phone with the ID identified as “private.” I answered, asked who it was, […]

Top officers would benefit most from pay raise

By Tom Philpott : Military Update The 2007 defense authorization bill, which the president is expected to sign this month, will bring better pay and benefits to large segments of the military community. Drilling reservists who lack affordable health care coverage will be pleased. So will medical scholarship students seeking stipend increases. Others will be […]

Good Samaritans truly appreciated

Letters to the Editor My husband and I came to Portales for a family reunion. While we were there our truck broke down at a red light out by the college. We were clear across town, no cell phone or anything. Then these two young men came and hooked us up to a nice new […]

Military looks to change laws regarding payday loans

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Concerns over payday loans have military leaders looking for legal changes in the lending system. Charles Brown, a former airman at Cannon Air Force Base, said he found himself in financial trouble when using payday loans became a vicious cycle in his life. Brown entered the military with bills, and […]

Sept. 3, 2006 Public Record

The following marriages were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Kerry D. Walsh, 41, and Cristy J. Brakebill, 41, both of Portales • Bruce C. Nixon, 25, and Tahnee M. Nichols, 21, both of Portales • Dustie Joe Reese, 20, and Cherissa Dawn Martin, 17, both of Portales • Martin Cabello Contreras, 44, […]

Officials should pay for taking people’s property

Editorial Politicians, environmentalists and professional planners all claimed the 2004 passage of Measure 37 in Oregon, which forces governments to compensate people when zoning rules or development restrictions lower a property’s value, would mean the end of the world. And it has spelled the end — for cost-free regulating. But the empowerment of property owners […]

Feds employee too many, pay to much

Editorial Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2005, […]

Distributing retroactive pay complicated matter

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columist The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have worked out a plan for sharing the cost and the task of delivering about $500 million in back pay to more than 100,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities. The retroactive payments are owed to nearly half of all recipients of Combat-Related Special […]

Days may be numbered for “10-year rule”

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to end the “10-year rule” used by the government for more than two decades to screen court orders seeking automatic payment of retired pay to former military spouses. The change is one of three adjustments to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

County’s elected officials to receive 15 percent raise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After three tries, Roosevelt County commissioners finally passed a 15-percent pay raise for elected county officials Thursday and approved their $8.7 million interim 2006-07 budget. Commissioners convened briefly in a budget public hearing, in which no one spoke out, before taking up the interim budget. On Monday commissioners heard […]