Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer [...]

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say it’s a civil rights issue, opponents [...]

Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In [...]

Domestic partnership bill passed by House

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico A domestic partnership bill passed Tuesday by the House is a positive step, according to the leader of a Clovis church that openly accepts gay people. The bill would allow gay and heterosexual couples to form domestic partnerships and enjoy the same rights and benefits as married couples. “It [...]

Judge Hensley to retire Friday

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring Friday. Hensley talked with the Freedom Newspapers about his experiences. The early years: I was planning to be a rancher. I was [...]

Session likely to be extended

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says lawmakers did great work in the legislative session that ended Saturday — just not enough of it. The governor said while it was the most productive session in state history, “we still have business to finish.” He said he will call the Legislature back [...]

Q&A: Domestic violence

Editors note: October is domestic violence month and the Domestic Violence Coalition of Roosevelt and Curry County is hoping to raise public awareness of the domestic violence problem in our community. In 2005 there were 26,940 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in New Mexico. Forty nine percent of adult victims that seek help [...]

House OKs stiffer domestic violence penalties

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Repeat domestic violence offenders would face tougher, mandatory penalties under legislation unanimously approved by the House on Thursday. The measure would require a minimum of 48 hours in jail for a second conviction, 30 days for a third, and six months for a fourth or subsequent conviction, which would [...]

President Bush needs to lift tariffs to prevent recession

Freedom Newspapers Just as the Gulf Coast struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration has tossed another obstacle in the way that makes the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s bungled disaster relief seem like a minor wrinkle. It’s no secret that construction costs are on the rise, and part of the reason is enormous [...]

Panel urges victims to report domestic violence

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals from Roosevelt and Curry County who deal with [...]