Press Release: Portales man faces child porn charges

On Friday April 23, 2010, Christopher M. Kelley, 40, of Portales was arrested and charged with 35 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession, a fourth degree felony, and 17 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Manufacturing, a 2nd degree felony.

Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as a dispatcher in Clovis for 14 years, she moved to working in Portales last year. Stress diet: I love my job. […]

It’s their job: Emergencies part of job duties

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Keith Wattenbarger moved to Portales 26 years ago to play football on a scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University and decided to stay. Wattenbarger is the Roosevelt County Emergency Management director. He met his wife a week after moving to Portales. They have been married for 21 years and have five children. What is your […]

July 7 ENMU Briefs

Colleges sign agreement Eastern New Mexico University and Pima Community College in Arizona have entered an articulation agreement. PCC students who earn an associate degree, apply to a related degree program at ENMU and have a GPA of at least 2.0 are guaranteed admission to the university in Portales. ENMU is offering nine bachelor’s degrees […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who retired in 2004, graduated May 8 with a doctorate in Higher Education from Texas Tech […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Just as the jury was about to be seated Monday and opening arguments were set to begin, Albert Ramirez decided to plead guilty and accepted the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend. Ramirez, 20, will serve life in prison and forfeited his right to an […]

It’s Their Job: Eric Dixon

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Eric Dixon Job: Attorney and counselor at law Background: Dixon, originally from Canada, attended law school in St. Louis, Mo., and obtained his degree in 1984. He then worked for the district attorney’s office in Hobbs for two years, later practicing for a private firm for three years. In 1990, […]

Oct. 29, 1941

Glen Rutliff, a sophomore at State College from Floyd, was awarded the American Farmers Degree at the National Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas city. He was the second Roosevelt County citizen to have ever received the award at the time.

Tucumcari man receives sentencing for shooting death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man on Friday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the April 24, 2007, shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton. Phillip J. Latham Jr., 26, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges and was sentenced by Judge David Reeb. Prosecutor Len Walker told the court he believed […]

Honors: Zachary Bowman

Zachary Bowman of Portales has received a bachelor of accountancy degree from Loyola University New Orleans. The degree was awarded during the university’s commencement ceremony May 10 in the Lousiana Superdome.

Honors: NMJC graduates

Two students from Portales were awarded associate degrees from New Mexico Junior College on May 9. Daniel C. Vela received an Associate of Arts degree, and Joseph Roy Friesen received Associate of Applied Science degree. Freisen is an honor graduate, based on a grade point average of 3.5 or better of the credit hours completed […]

Armstrong gives ENMU grads tough advice

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer By Helena RodriguezPNT Staff Writerhelena_rodriguez@link.freedom.comEastern New Mexico University graduated 355 students on Saturday, and among these new college graduates are five Elida students who make up almost half of the Elida High School Class of 2004.Also on Saturday, an honorary posthumous degree was presented to Kent and Sherri Best, […]

It’s Their Job: Drew Tatum

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Drew Tatum Job: District Judge, Division II of the 9th Judicial District Background: Tatum grew up in the area and graduated from University of New Mexico with a degree in political science and psychology, then went to law school at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Afterwards he joined […]

Jurors deliberating fate of Edward Salas

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Freedom New Mexico staff writer Sharna Johnson

It’s Their Job, Kinsey Barker

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Name: Kinsey BarkerJob: Events Coordinator Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Background: Barker is from Hobbs, she moved here and got a bachelors degree in communications (public relations) at Eastern New Mexico University. Currently she is working on a masters degree in communications at ENMU.Q. Describe what your job entails?A. I help coordinate events, I write […]

2-26-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Garrick Matthews Job: Online English teacher Portales High School. Time on job: Six years. Background: Matthews has a Bachelors Degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters in Education Administration from New Mexico Highlands. He also coaches JV volleyball and JV softball at PHS. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. It begins […]

2-17-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County’s Ninth Judicial Court recently. According to the documents: • Jason Chatterton, 32, was convicted of the charge of automobile burglary, a fourth-degree felony and was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation with conditions and ordered to pay all court fines and fees. • Randy McBrewer, […]

2-3-08 District Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County 9th Judicial District Court. According to the report: • Joe Ernest Aragon, 34, pleaded guilty to the charges of attempted trafficking cocaine by distribution (a third degree felony) and distribution of marijuana (a fourth degree felony) and was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation, will […]

1-29-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Donna J. Mowrer Job: Deputy District Attorney Time on job: Since August 2001 Background: Mowrer Earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science at ENMU with graduating magna cum laude. She attended the University of New Mexico Law School and participated in the UNM clinical law student program. She graduated in 2001 from UNM. She […]