Local Roundup: Holiday blood drive scheduled

By Freedom Newspapers

Exhausted shoppers can take a load off while donating blood at the first Guns N Hoses Blood Drive on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portales Fire Department, 301 Ave. C, in the donor bus.

Everyone who donates blood will get a chance to win a $50 door prize to Wal-Mart. Donate for the Portales Fire Department or the Portales Police Department.

United Blood Services encourages people to donate once more before the end of the year. Traditionally, the nation’s blood supply is very tight during the holidays. Area residents can help assure that a blood shortage does not occur this year, according to UBS.

Everyone must be 17 years old, in good health and have a picture ID and a list of any medications to donate.

Grant will foster development
An organization that serves eastern New Mexico has been awarded a federal grant of $150,000 for economic development, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced in a press release Wednesday.

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is among six New Mexico economic development districts to receive the federal award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the release reads.

The funds are to be used for long-term regional economic planning and development, according to the release.

“This is a major investment in our state. The funding provided through these grants will help smaller communities throughout New Mexico create good jobs and boost our state’s economy,” Bingaman said via the release.

Eastern Plains Council of Governments serves Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Union, Harding, Guadalupe and DeBaca counties.

The five other economic development districts to each receive $150,000 are as follows:

North-Central New Mexico Economic Development District, serving Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos counties.

Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development Inc., serving Chaves, Lincoln, Otero, Eddy and Lea counties.

Mid-Region Council of Governments, serving Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval counties.
l Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, serving McKinley, San Juan and Cibola counties.

South-Central Council of Governments, serving Socorro, Sierra and Doña Ana counties.

Police make arrest for drug trafficking
Clovis Police officers responding to a domestic dispute report arrested a Portales man on a federal drug trafficking warrant in the early morning hours Thursday, according to police reports.

Victor Sotelo, 24, was arrested and booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on the trafficking warrant and charges of evading police, the documents read. He is being held without bail, jail officials said.

Clovis Police officers responding to a call spoke with occupants of an apartment in a building in the 1300 block of Beta Street in Clovis, who told police they were having a party and had gotten loud, the report said.

During the conversation, Sotelo ran out of the apartment. Officers caught him and returned to the apartment, where they discovered he was wanted on a federal warrant for trafficking cocaine. They also found a bag of marijuana in a closet, according to police documents.