Student participation in risk survey falls

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sex, drinking and abuse of marijuana and pain killers may be on the rise among Roosevelt County high school students. But school officials say they can’t really tell based on results of a new state survey. The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey has ninth- through 12th-graders anonymously […]

Bailout bill tells banks, ‘You’re not accountable’

Freedom New Mexico It seems ironic that both houses of Congress approved spending more than $700 billion to bail out financial companies in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month we are flooded with information about the problem of abuse, and are warned about the dangers of codependency and enabling. Often […]

Woman declines plea deal in child abuse case

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman charged with child abuse turned down a plea offer Monday morning in District Court in Portales, according to the district attorney’s office. Alicia Dean, 32, was arrested in February a day after her 2-year-old daughter was admitted to the Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room with second-degree […]

Editorial: FISA creates loopholes that allow for abuse

The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who has been criticized […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced Wednesday, this time targeting the Portales Livestock Auction. The Humane Society of the United States released video footage of sick or injured dairy cows it contends were mistreated at the auction where they are sold for slaughter. Such cows pose increased risk for […]

Events Calendar June 1

Monday Board of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative meeting — noon, Mental Health Resources, 1005 S. Monroe, Tucumcari, Information, 483-5081. Ram Basketball Camp — First day of four-day camp, 9 a.m. third-sixth grade, 1 p.m. seventh-ninth grade. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m. City of Portales reception honoring Joe Blair — 6 p.m., […]

Few religions take more abuse than Christianity

Editorial If not for the teachings of tolerance, peace and love, a recent cartoon would have Christians rioting in the streets. They’d kill, threaten, and burn buildings to the ground. When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon in 2005 depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, parts of the Islamic world erupted. […]

Portales residents charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents have been arrested for what police said were their roles in beating a 13-year-old with a rope. Jesus Gonzales, 28, and Susana Gonzales, 47, were arrested Wednesday and charged with abuse of a child, a third-degree felony, according to a statement from the Portales Police Department. They are both […]

Books seized from public library

PNT Staff Report Police used a warrant at the Portales Public Library to seize magic and witchcraft books that had been checked out by a woman who is charged in the Jan. 4 death of her 6-year-old son. Teresa Gilman, 24, told police “the devil was in my son,” according to arrest affidavits. Gilman’s 8-year-old […]

Advocates push for more child abuse awareness

By William Thompson An official with the Curry and Roosevelt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children told commissioners there are currently “more than 44 children” placed in foster care who have been neglected or abused by their parents or primary caregivers in Roosevelt County. Marsha Gilliland, executive director for the Ninth Judicial District’s […]