Campos, Grider debate on District 63 issues

By David Irvin CLOVIS — State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours Wednesday over topics such as gangs, water and education in a debate held at Clovis Community College. Both are seeking the District 63 office in the Nov. 2 General Election. Campos said the […]

Seniors receive news on prescription drug cards

By Tony Parra Senior citizens attended an informational seminar on Friday morning at the Portales Senior Citizens center to see if someone can help them with the increasing costs. Buffie Saavedra, the program manager of the Aging and Long-term Service Department of New Mexico, traveled to Portales to answer seniors’ questions about the Medicare prescription […]

New drug program coming for Portales fourth-graders

By Tony Parra A new drug and alcohol prevention program at Valencia Elementary will be one of the first programs introduced to a New Mexico school, according to Roosevelt County Teen Court Coordinator Barbara Rogers. Rogers was in training with two other facilitators — Marcia Brown, DWI Program coordinator ,and Riki Seat, DWI Compliance coordinator […]

Martha Stewart’s sentence light, still not right

Freedom Editorial The sentence was mild compared to what some legal experts had predicted; Martha-watchers had thought one year in prison would be the penalty. But Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to serve five months in prison, five months of house arrest and two years of probation, and given a $30,000 fine. We’ve always thought […]

Drug bust leads to several arrests

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Sheriff Roger Hatcher and his deputies arrested two Clovis residents Saturday evening in a routine drug bust, but Hatcher said those two arrests multiplied to seven as more people continued to visit the residence to buy drugs. One of those arrested drove from Portales when a deputy set up a drug […]

Officials support voluntary drug testing

By David Arkin Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be sent to […]

Local pharmacists concerned about international prescription drugs

By Michelle Seeber Pharmacists in Portales are concerned about support for legalizing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe. Dick Haverland, pharmacist at C.J.’s Pill Box Pharmacy, said his main concern was guaranteeing the purity of medications and ensuring they wouldn’t be forgeries. “(Verification is) pretty hard to do over the internet,” Haverland said. “If […]

Judge says drug court important

Darrell Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley would like to change that. Drug court is a program that imposes strict probation conditions and mandatory treatment and work programs on […]

Legislators crack down on meth

David Arkin Methamphetamine has become such a problem in New Mexico that lawmakers may consider a bill focused on fighting the war against the highly addictive drug. Local law enforcement officials are applauding the bill, which will make an appearance soon before the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge people with […]

Alternative punishment changes lives

Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested for his third DUI, he began to reevaluate that description of himself. On that […]

Drug awareness seminar receives poor attendance

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Tony Parra No community is immune from drug problems and drug awareness was the main issue during the “Taking Control” seminar at the Portales High School Auditorium on Thursday. “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t have more people than the ones that attended,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said. “I am proud of the law […]

D.A. Carter seeks funding, office space

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office has been so cramped for space that at one point employees there used an area near the kitchen sink to file their cases. A similar shortage of personnel and funds for the district attorney’s office are allowing criminals, especially drug offenders, to receive light sentences and thus […]

Pharmacies persuaded to stop cheap prescriptions

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Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com State pharmaceutical officials have persuaded the Portales Medical Center to stop purchasing low-priced prescription drugs from Canadian drug companies via a Texas storefront. The pharmacy officials say drugs from other countries must first be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But the U.S. House of […]

Another Meth Lab Goes Down

By Mike Linn City police raided another methamphetamine lab in Portales early Wednesday morning and arrested a man and his wife who were on probation. Police arrested Rachael Martinez, 31, and Michael Martinez, 36, on trafficking, violation of probation and possession charges around 4:30 a.m. at their home on the 1700 block of North Abilene. […]

Curry inmate dies of overdose

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug […]