Tolerating radicals cost of freedom

Freedom New Mexico If you are alive and reading this today and the world has not been shaken and burned to the ground, then we were right once again. We were 99.9 percent certain the rapture would not happen last week. That’s because we have amazing psychic powers that enable us to predict the future. […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Fundraising efforts begin for fireworks show

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Argen Duncan Efforts to raise money for the Portales annual Fourth of July Celebration have begun, and they include a new contest for boys. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the chamber is working to raise a little more than $10,000 to have about the same size fireworks show as last […]

Portales man arrested on child porn charges

PNT staff reports A 20-year-old Portales man has been arrested on charges of copying, distributing and downloading child pornography, according to police and court records. Jason Torres is charged with six counts of manufacturing child pornography, a second-degree felony; eight counts of distributing child pornography, a third-degree felony; and 14 counts of possessing child pornography, […]

Heritage Day fun run set

Portales MainStreet will hold its 11th annual Heritage Days Fun Run June 18 in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Days weekend. The event begins 8 a.m. at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St. There will be a 5K run/walk and 10K run, with awards for top three finishers in age categories and T-shirts for […]

Theatrics landed me in hot water

Most will concede that Portales isn’t the Taos of the High Plains, but—like anywhere—it’s our drinking buddies that count. I have lived in beautiful places: A tropical island in the South Pacific, by mesmerizing white beaches in Pensacola, Fla., and, in my 20s, was a newspaper editor in the pictorial Arkansas Ozarks retirement community of […]

May 29 —

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: April 4 • Christopher Rojo, born in 1986, pleaded guilty to resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, aggravated battery and driving while his license was suspended. Rojo was sentenced to 364 days in Roosevelt County Detention Center and $134 in fines and fees. April […]

May 29 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Wednesday • An officer was sent to the city skate park about 8:20 p.m. in reference to a report of a broken car window. A 17-year-old boy said his Eclipse was parked in front of the skate park gate while he was in […]

ENMU’s Draper 13th at nationals

Freedom New Mexico TURLOCK, Calif. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Daniel Draper finished 13th in men’s javelin on Saturday in the NCAA Division II national track and field competition. Draper, who was 11th at the national meet last year, threw an even 190 feet. He threw 210 or better three times this season, including […]