Don’t let 4th fun blow up in your face

Richard Peterson Independence holiday second most dangerous The Fourth of July weekend brings cherished memories of family gatherings and picnics with the traditional grilled summer foods, hamburgers and hot dogs. Friends enjoy games of softball, volleyball or throwing a Frisbee around while waiting for the evening’s spectacular fireworks celebrations. Spending the Fourth with family and […]

0-0-1-3 safety program promotes responsibility

Tech. Sgt. Michael Rogers Cannon’s focus this summer is to “Live Smart, Train Hard and Defend Freedom.” 0-0-1-3 is one way to remember what smart living is all about. Developed to provide F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Airmen guidance on responsible drinking, the 0-0-1-3 program concept has become well-known and accepted by its populace […]

Town hall meetings bring teen drinking to light

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shone on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]

Super Sunday often equals super problems

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By Tony Parra Football fans around Portales will be doing what millions of people will be doing on Sunday, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. However, winning and losing may not be the only concern on that day. Local law enforcement will keep a watchful eye on that […]

Alcohol petition lacks enough signatures

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A petition to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis bars and restaurants lacked the required signatures to be placed on the ballot for the next municipal election, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. To have made it on the March 7 ballot, the petition required 733 signatures from registered Clovis voters. […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 […]

America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

Aggravated DUI is heavier offense

27th Fighter Wing legal office When people drink and drive, they lose. Most individuals have heard this warning about the consequences of drinking and driving. Most also know that an alcohol level of .08 or higher is automatically considered driving under the influence (DUI). But what if someone refuses to blow into the breathalyzer machine? […]

Safety manager pushes for safe Halloween

Airman Thomas Trower With more than half of the nation’s traffic fatalities over past Halloween weekends related to alcohol, Mr. Richard Peterson, 27th Fighter Wing ground safety manager began a strong push toward a safe Halloween season and to remind all party-goers to always remember to designate a sober driver. “Halloween is most often thought […]

June 26 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Magistrate Court: • Shawna Reid, 29, pleaded no contest to aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, and is ordered to serve 2 days incarceration followed by one year supervised probation, place an ignition lock on any vehicles driven by her for […]

5/29 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Louis Duran, 31, pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia and is ordered to serve a year, less one day, supervised probation, not to enter into a place where alcohol is served nor consume or associate with anyone who is consuming alcohol, […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

Attorney General to speak at ENMU

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer State Attorney General Patricia Madrid is traveling around the state in an effort to combat binge and underage drinking. Madrid will speak to Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and Portales community members from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Faculty Lounge in the Campus Union Building […]

New law would limit alcohol purchase for convicted drunken drivers

By Kevin Wilson New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. “I think this is something that will have a real effect on DWI in New Mexico,” Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, said Tuesday at a news conference. The […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Residents to decide on licenses today

By Tony Parra Portales voters will decide today if city restaurant owners can apply for beer and wine licenses from the state. If voters approve, restaurant owners could begin sending applications to the state’s alcohol and gaming division as early as Oct. 27. While the city already allows liquor licenses, the beer and wine license […]

Every election has its importance

By Jim Lee Those of us in this community who have remained reasonably close to consciousness realize an election will take place in November. But how many of us know about the one this Tuesday? Registered Portales citizens need to vote on this week’s alcohol issue. When I did my informal poll, I discovered that […]

Voters to choose fate on beer, wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents will weigh in on whether beer and wine will be flowing through many restaurants in Portales in the near future when they go to the polls on Sept. 21. If the vote is passed, the Alcohol and Gaming Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department can begin to […]

Alcohol ban could follow DWI conviction

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license […]

Clovis man found guilty of vehicular homicide

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Harry Downey, 70, showed no reaction Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer […]