Area’s teen birth rate rising

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The number of babies born to Roosevelt County teens in 2006 shot up an alarming 43 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. At the same time babies born to Curry County young teens dropped 18 percent, statistics show. In Roosevelt County, there [...]

Traffic accidents concern local law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed [...]

Hall of Fame teacher George clicks with troubled teens in local teen court

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By William P. Thompson From the cottonfields of west Texas to high school classrooms and the halls of justice, Barbara George has impacted the lives of area teens. In 1966, George became a physical education teacher at Portales High School. She left teaching in 1991 but became the Portales Teen Court coordinator in 1997. The [...]

Town hall meetings bring teen drinking to light

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shone on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 [...]

Teen driver’s permit changes everything

By Helena Rodriquez What kind of a sick, twisted, teenager would voluntarily go to school at 7 a.m. every morning? Now change the question. How far will a teen go to get a driver’s license? The things teens will do these days just to get behind the wheel of a car are interesting. My 15-year-old [...]

Three adults, one teen indicted in shooting

Freedom Newspapers Three Clovis adults and a teen were indicted by a grand jury Friday for murder in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, Edward Salas, 21, and Noe Torres, 26, were also indicted [...]

Officials look at teen pregnancy rates

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Public health workers for Roosevelt and Curry counties with the help of public school officials and health committees are trying to cut down the teen birth rates, with mixed results. Carol Morgan, nurse manager for the public health office in Portales, will be introducing a [...]

New Mexico Secretary of Health, entourage discuss issues at La Casa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Teen pregnancies, drug use and a lack of local mental health services were major concerns that New Mexico Secretary of Health, Michelle Lujan Grisham and an entourage, discussed at La Casa Family Health Center on Tuesday. The planned visit to Portales, as well as one held at the public [...]

No complaining about community service

By Jim Lee I’ve been thinking about it and have arrived at the conclusion that people are quicker to complain than they are to praise. Why is this? Oh, I certainly do my share of bellyaching, but running my mouth about something positive sure makes me feel better than going on and on about some [...]

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 [...]