D.A. Chandler named Prosecutor of the Year

Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler was named New Mexico Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year by the New Mexico Bar Association. The award is given annually to a New Mexico prosecutor “who has gone above and beyond his or her duties as a prosecutor by providing leadership, support and assistance to law […]

Warrant roundup looming for county scofflaws

By Tony Parra Courts and local law enforcement officials are issuing a warning before they begin arresting Roosevelt County residents who have not taken care of their citations and warrants. The Roosevelt County Magistrate Court officials, with the help of local law enforcement officers, will be conducting a warrant roundup in the near future, according […]

Immigration issue probably doesn’t have a simple solution

Editorial Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier for […]

Market rewards better safety incentive than government regulation

Editorial Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that government […]

Portales residents can help battle meth epidemic

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis in America today. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department described the […]

New meth law

Editorial City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives but, in the end, provides no more […]

New meth law nothing more than politics

Freedom Newspapers City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives, but, in the end, provides no […]

Entities take further steps regarding meth

By Tony Parra Local government entities are trying to stop of the stream of meth drugs in Roosevelt County and this week the federal government made its move to stop the stream of meth drugs from Mexico. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said approximately 80 to 85 percent of meth drugs are imported to […]

Program provides gun locks

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents in Roosevelt County have free at their disposal gun locks to help protect children from accidental shootings. The Project Safe van made a stop in Portales on Thursday and gave away 800 gunlocks to law enforcement officials — 500 to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and 300 to […]

Madrid says drug culture can change

Freedom Newspapers Patricia Madrid is New Mexico’s attorney general. She was in Portales on Thursday to discourage alcohol consumption among students. How can law enforcement and the community help combat the problems of alcohol? We know that for any program to be successful, we have to have the involvement of the entire community. We now […]