House OKs stiffer domestic violence penalties

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Repeat domestic violence offenders would face tougher, mandatory penalties under legislation unanimously approved by the House on Thursday. The measure would require a minimum of 48 hours in jail for a second conviction, 30 days for a third, and six months for a fourth or subsequent conviction, which would [...]

Panel urges victims to report domestic violence

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals from Roosevelt and Curry County who deal with [...]

Domestic violence awareness observed in local area

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Domestic violence leaves behind victims in its wake no matter what the community. Portales and Clovis communities are no exceptions. And whether it’s law enforcement, church members, shelter workers or district court workers, there are people who try to help domestic violence victims. During nationally-recognized “Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” eastern [...]

Rhetoric of hate, violence denounced

Letters to the editor Some people may be aware of the violent and hateful vandalism that we at Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church have experienced this past month, more specifically to the building that we call our church home. For those unaware, let me share some information: The first act of vandalism was the spray-painting [...]

Nov. 14 Elida School News

No business like show business The Elida High School drama department will be presenting its first dinner show on Thursday. Members of the Student Council will be hosting a buffet-style spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the performance of a theatrical comedy entitled “Wanted: One Groom.” Admission for attending the dinner [...]

Agencies try to work to stop abuse

By Laurie Stone In 2002, George Bush proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month in order to expose the crime of abuse. In the last 25 years, domestic abuse has ended the lives of 57,000 Americans in the past quarter century, and has been documented in almost 700,000 incidents of violence according to International [...]

Sept. 5 Dora School News

New custodian Mr. Rodney Hernandez of Portales has joined our crew of custodians at Dora. We welcome him to our school. We also want to let Wayne Smith know he is missed. Home economics The home economics class would like any scraps of clothing that can be donated to help make quilts as part of [...]

Project: Reader Reaction, July 7

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “So the transfer of power is complete in Iraq. When will the violence in that country end?” Some responses: “IT IS HARD TO even imagine that the violence will come to an end. True what America did for Iraq was much needed, however the extreme members of the [...]

Community dedicates The Hartley House

Jack King More than 100 people attended the dedication of The Hartley House Wednesday, the new administrative offices of the area’s shelter for domestic violence. The Hartley House, at 900 N. Main St., was renamed in honor of Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died Oct. 16 after a 15-year on-and-off battle with cancer. [...]

Shelter renamed to honor community leader

Jack King Clovis’ shelter for victims of domestic violence will be renamed the Hartley House, after Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died in October after a long, on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley was the wife of 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley. The center’s new Executive Director Catharine Johnson said a ribbon cutting [...]