Environmentalists need to be reasonable

Biased lawmakers enacting knee-jerk legislation have created countless problems in our system of justice, especially with mandates that handcuff judges’ ability to let the punishment fit the crime. The Supreme Court on Monday took a welcome step toward restoring some sanity to the system. The court ruled that judges should have — and do have […]

Jan 3, 1977

Fred Hensley and Reuben Nieves took oath as the two new judges of the Ninth Judicial District, comprising Roosevelt and Curry counties. Hensley, of Portales, came from a lineage of judges, as his father, the late Turner Hensley, served as district judge as well.

Judicial committee recommends retention of judges

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended all four judges in the 9th Judicial District be retained by voters in the upcoming elections. Four of the district’s five judges will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot for retention or rejection and must receive 57 percent of votes to […]

Cannon chooses its own 'idol'

USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Ashley Balter performs one of three songs during Cannon Idol hosted at the Landing June 27. Balter won first place in the contest and took home the grand prize of $200 and the opportunity to sing on a local radio station. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th […]

Governor added as judge to High Plains Film Festival

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Governor Bill Richardson is the newest celebrity to be added to an already distinguished panel of judges for the inaugural High Plains Film Festival in Portales on May 4. Other judges for this Eastern New Mexico University-sponsored film festival include actress Joan Leslie of “High Sierra” fame with Humphrey […]

National security should be top priority

Editorial Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the military’s ability […]

Clovis fifth grader wins regional spelling bee

By Andy Jackson Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson pounced on the opening, spelling the […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Cannon volunteer judges encourage students at local science fair

Senior Airman Giselle Janousek and Staff Sgt. Amber Cerrato, 27th Security Forces Squadron, signed up with 23 other Airmen to judge at the science fair. Janet Taylor-Birkey Twenty-five Cannon Airmen volunteered as judges for a district science fair held Feb. 2 at Marshall Junior High School. The goal for many of the volunteers was simply […]

Conservatists criticize Bush’s latest nominee

Freedom Newspapers Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]

Signs point to trouble for local judges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate Matt Chandler, despite prohibitions on political activity by New Mexico judges. All three judges — magistrate judges Richard Hollis and Douglas Miller, and retired District Judge Bill Bonem, who […]

Senior center hosts annual chili cookoff contest

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Mike Linn Thirteen pots of red chili adorned a table at the Portales Senior Citizens Center Monday night. A hot, seasoned aroma hovered lightly in the room. And a spicy zing painted the taste buds of some 45 seniors and six judges. The Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff and first annual pie baking contest raised an […]

Parker sworn in as district court judge

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Tony Parra The 9th Judicial District Court is now complete after Joe Parker was sworn in by district judge Stephen Quinn on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. “He’s going to hit the ground running,” Quinn said about Parker’s new position. “He’s going to start (this) morning. We’ve been extremely busy (with […]