Press release: Portales business owner arrested in drug raid

Portales, NM, January 24, 2012: Region 5 Drug Task Force Agents seize $51,000 worth of Cocaine in a Buy/Bust operation at local business. Agents from the Region 5 Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Clovis and Portales Police departments, the Curry and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Offices, and the New Mexico State Police conducted […]

Their view: Navigators can’t replace insurance agents

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, offers this view on federal heath reform:

Clovis man facing drug trafficking charges

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an investigation by narcotics agents. David Patrick, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a parole violation in conjunction with the case, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. […]

Political debate taking toll on Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides by Border Patrol […]

Legal process complicates border security

Freedom New Mexico Many see border security as a simple issue: just stop people from coming across, and let those who try to come illegally suffer the consequences. The fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, however, shows the deceptive complexities underlying the issue. Sergio Adrian Hernandez, described as 15 […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

Drug task force makes significant cocaine bust

Freedom New Mexico The Region V Drug Task Force has intercepted what investigators call a significant amount of cocaine being transported to Clovis Monday. Jorge Sanchez, 31, and Felipe De Jesus Gandara, 31, are being held without bond on an immigration hold, charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to Curry County […]

ATF aiding egg farm fire investigation

Freedom New Mexico The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of a fire last week at a Farwell egg farm causing an estimated $20 million in damage and killing nearly a million chickens. According to a press release from the ATF in Lubbock, a national response team along with […]

Real estate agents have new affiliation

Portales real estate agents Charles and Beverly Bennett have become affiliated with United Country Real Estate. Located at 708 S. Avenue C, their office is now called United Country–Vista Nueva Inc. “We’re excited about joining the biggest network of traditional real estate agents and auctioneers in the country,” Charles Bennett said. “United Country has jumped […]

County agents help growers answer agriculture questions

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By Celena Cordova, PNT Intern Do you need help identifying a spider, or would you like to come up with new ways to market your crops? Patrick D. Kircher, 34, and Stan H. Jones, 46, have the answers to those questions. One could say that problem solving is their job. As the Roosevelt County Agricultural […]

Border patrol agents’ trial not about immigration

Editorial The case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean — Border Patrol agents in Texas convicted in 2006 of shooting an illegal-immigrant drug smuggler as he headed back toward Mexico, and sentenced to 11-year and 12-year prison terms, respectively — has become a cause c

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Midway through Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors have heard three hours of a video where Novak said he repressed memories of the night his wife died but saw no way he could have possibly caused her harm. In the […]

Government harassment should not be tolerated

Editorial Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they want. Should […]

Pornography sting nets ENMU student

PNT Staff Report Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs […]

Police: Marijuana plants seized

Freedom Newspapers Marijuana plants with an approximate street value of $51,200 were confiscated from a Clovis house Friday afternoon by police and drug task force agents, according to officials. No arrests were made at the scene and no suspects were at home at the time of the search, the Clovis Police Department said in a […]

Cannon puts training on display

By Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As I walked toward the wounded with a medical bag in hand Friday, I couldn’t help but shudder at how badly one of the victims looked. Her eye was dangling out of its socket a good 6 inches (at least the makeup and fake eye made it […]