Ban on horse racing would only halt freedom

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department wants county commissioners to outlaw horse racing on private property. Fortunately, commissioners recognized that such an intrusive ordinance would not accomplish law-enforcement’s intended goal of reducing crime and they denied it. We’re not suggesting it’s a good idea for private property owners to host horse races on Sunday afternoons. The […]

Meth arrests not expected to slow down

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By Kevin Wilson Local law-enforcement officials have stepped up efforts to arrest producers and distributors of methamphetamine, issuing seven search warrants and making 12 arrests in the last 10 days. However, there is a feeling the arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. “I do not expect this to let up,” said Capt. Lonnie […]

Taser bill concerns law enforcement

By David Irvin Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is concerned about a bill moving through the state Legislature that would certify a taser as a deadly weapon, meaning that deputies could only use the device to counter deadly force by a subject. If passed, Hatcher told the Curry County commission Tuesday, his department would have […]

Investigation continues; no ID on bodies

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By Kevin Wilson Odis and Doris Newman have been missing since Wednesday and they are the owners of a Portales residence and vehicle that were burned on Thursday. But law-enforcement officials have stopped short of saying the remains of two people found in the car are the Newmans. “It’s a connection that law enforcement is […]

Meth Watch program started

By Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — District Attorney Matt Chandler has teamed up with law enforcement officials and area retailers to curb sales of products commonly used to manufacture methamphetamines. On Thursday, Chandler announced the kickoff to Meth Watch, a program alerting store retailers to consumers purchasing or stealing suspicious amounts of products used in the […]

Melrose chief retires

By David Irvin A long-time area law enforcement official has announced his retirement as Melrose’s police chief, effective Dec. 31. Clarence “Gomer” Pyle, 61, who has been with the Melrose department for five years, dedicated 28 years of community service to the area. Pyle started with Clovis police in 1967, quit and then returned in […]

Chandler sworn in as new D.A.

By David Irvin New District Attorney Matt Chandler didn’t waste any time laying out his plans as the chief prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District on Monday after being sworn into office at the Curry County courthouse. He laid out an aggressive plan to curb crime and violence in the Clovis community, emphasizing programs he […]

Portales police receive state accreditation

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Police Department has received state accreditation through a program sponsored by three state organizations. The accreditation marks the successful completion of a process that has taken more than 2 1/2 years since the accreditation was made available through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal […]

Personalities Plus: Todd Moore

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Name: Todd Moore Job: Police Officer Age: 36 Hometown: Originally from Las Cruces Occupation: Law Enforcement Family: Married with children Hobbies: Good books, good movies and spending time with my family. What do you think of Portales? “I like the small town atmosphere/ close knit community and it’s a great place in which to raise […]