Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

Mowrer selected as new district judge

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has appointed Donna Mowrer of Portales to serve as a judge for the Ninth Judicial District Court. Mowrer currently serves as Deputy District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District and has held a number of roles as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office since joining in 2001.

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Judge hedges on Obamacare court ruling

Freedom New Mexico A reminder that few things are as simple as they first seem: In January, when a federal judge in Pensacola declared President Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional, the judge became something of a shining knight of the right. Now his armor is looking a little tarnished. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, […]

Latest ruling on Obamacare encouraging

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health […]

Only you can judge what’s right

Last week’s column emphasized the need for each of us to do the right thing in order to improve society. Most commenters seemed to agree, but were not necessarily sure what “the right thing” is. Fair enough. Real right and wrong are pretty easy to grasp as long as you aren’t looking for excuses or […]

Federal judge says heath care overhaul unconstitutional

By Mark Sherman and Erica Werner President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock Monday, thrown into doubt by a federal judge’s declaration that the heart of the sweeping legislation is unconstitutional. The decision handed Republican foes ammunition for their repeal effort next year as the law heads for almost […]

Christmas parade lights up Portales

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Argen Duncan With antique trucks, horses wearing Christmas lights, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes, the annual Christmas Jubilee Lighted Parade rolled through Portales Friday night. For the 24th annual Jubilee, organized by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the weather was breezy and mild. Chamber Executive Director and Portales Mayor Sharon King said the parade […]

Short wins magistrate judge seat

Argen Duncan Republican Linda J. Short won the Roosevelt County magistrate judge position Tuesday with almost 77 percent of votes. Her opponent, Democrat James “Jim” W. Lee, had 1,018 of the 4,385 votes in the race. “I’m very happy,” Short said. Short plans to attend three weeks of new judges training starting Nov. 15 in […]

Perez withdraws from magistrate judge race

Argen Duncan In the magistrate judge race, Eastern New Mexico University police officer Charles Perez has withdrawn his candidacy and KENW News and Public Affairs Director for FM James “Jim” Lee has stepped into the contest. Both men are Democrats. Republican Linda Short is also running for magistrate judge in November. Perez withdrew Aug. 27, […]

Portales past: Sept. 12, 1950

Sept. 12, 1950 Portales Daily News: Judge E.T. Hensley Jr., heard arguments in a case involving a right-of-way for the Southern Union Gas Company.The gas company sought an injunction to stop construction of a residence over its main gas line serving Portales.

Judge orders teen shooting suspect held

Freedom New Mexico Prosecutors said a district judge Tuesday ordered a 13-year-old charged with murder to remain in custody throughout the prosecution of his case. D’Angelo Montoya has been held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center since July 24. He is charged with first-degree murder in the July 22 shooting death of 22-year-old Angel […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Judges, neighborhood watchers and the “Trial of the Century”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Judge needed Gov. Bill Richardson is seeking candidates from Roosevelt County interested in serving as magistrate judge. The vacancy is created by the Aug. 31 retirement of Judge Jane Martin. Candidates must send their application, a signed background check form, resume, and letters of […]

Don’t judge a frozen cat owner

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” […]

Candidate profile: Roosevelt County magistrate judge

The following are candidates for Roosevelt County magistrate judge in the June 1 Primary election. Each is running unopposed for their respective party’s nomination. Each was asked the same set of questions. Their responses:

Politics have no place in education

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The New York Times reports that according to a ruling by a federal judge “a Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her girlfriend.” According to the court, “Ms. McMillen’s constitutional rights […]

Don’t judge a party by its labeling

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Politics has the quality of being boring and divisive, all at once. But as Monday showed us twice, adding sex and alcohol, and suddenly it’s hilarious and depressing, all at once. • Last year, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard Act, an expansion of hate crime law to allow […]