Portales man facing drunken driving charge

PNT staff reports A Portales man was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, after crashing his truck into three vehicles on South Avenue K. The 1995 GMC pickup collided with three other vehicles parked on the opposite side of the road at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Eastern New […]

Their view: State Bar aims to help legal professionals

State Bar aims to help legal professionals Jill Anne Yeagley, program administrator for the New Mexico Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, talks about substance abuse among legal professionals:

Volunteers needed for tax time

The base legal office is looking for volunteers to prepare taxes for active-duty airmen, their families, and retirees. Anyone can volunteer. Volunteers must complete a week of tax training class, Jan. 3 – Jan. 7 at Clovis Community College. The training times are Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Free legal advice, school spirit and a shootout

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Send lawyers There a free legal fair from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. Free consultation with Attorneys and Civil Legal Service Providers for such things as divorce, estates, unemployment, real estate and criminal law. Question of the day […]

Family care plan change addresses child custody

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON A recent change in Defense Department policy highlights why servicemembers and deployable civilians, who also are custodial parents, may want to seek legal help in arranging their children’s care during deployment. DoD Instruction 1342.19, “Family Care Plans,” was revised in May to require such plans from servicemembers […]

Judge applications sought

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PNT staff report Interested applicants may apply by the following means: Mail: Send materials to: Gov. Bill Richardson ATTN: Legal Division State Capitol Building Suite 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501 E-mail:marcia.maestas@state.nm.us The application and background check form may be obtained from the State Legal Division by calling 505-476-2200 or on the governor’s website: http://www.governor. state.nm.us […]

Air Force website offers legal assistance

American Forces Press Service SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Next time clients need a will, power of attorney or just have a legal question, they can visit the new Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. The website is designed for active-duty and reserve component members, retirees and dependents. Officials created the website to […]

Legal training programs taking applications soon

By Capt. Afsana Ahmed: Chief of Recruiting, Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps BOLLING AFB, D.C. — Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1 to March 1, 2010. The FLEP, which is a paid legal studies program for active-duty Air Force commissioned officers, is an […]

Seniors offered legal assistance

PNT Staff Report A free workshop and legal consultations by appointment are being offered today at the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way. The State Bar of New Mexico’s Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program is conducting a workshop on “Common Legal Issues for Senior Citizens” at 1 p.m. Anyone interested may attend. Free 30-minute […]

Residents taking part in NAACP training institute

Freedom New Mexico Six Clovis residents are taking part in a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People training institute this week. Clovis branch president Selmus Price and five others are attending NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute Thursday through Saturday in Albuquerque. Price will be joined by Anthony Mahan, first vice president and […]

Bill allowing broadcast of legal ads clears House

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure that would allow a legal advertisements to be broadcast on television or read on the radio to meet publication requirements has cleared the House, but might face a tough time in its first Senate committee. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow ads […]

It’s Their Job: Eric Dixon

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Eric Dixon Job: Attorney and counselor at law Background: Dixon, originally from Canada, attended law school in St. Louis, Mo., and obtained his degree in 1984. He then worked for the district attorney’s office in Hobbs for two years, later practicing for a private firm for three years. In 1990, […]

Oct. 10, 1971

District Judge Dee C. Blythe formally announced the formation of a Ninth Judicial Public Defender Project. The purpose of the project was to provide legal representation for adults and juveniles accused of crimes who could not afford private legal help.

Aug. 21, 1975

The Plains Inn is the only one of five liquor license recipients to meet all legal stipulations to begin selling alcohol; breaking a 57-year dry spell.

Editorial: Legal notices should remain in newspapers

Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across the country, in […]

Illegal immigrant problem unrelated to property, fences

The seizures have begun. The federal Department of Homeland Security has begun filing condemnation lawsuits to take property along the Texas border so it can try to fence this country off from Mexico. The first lawsuits were filed earlier this month, beginning with people who hadn’t allowed government workers on their land to plot the […]

Michigan legal complaint unfounded

There are times in our political process where legal recourse is needed. Now is not that time; Michigan is not that place. On Tuesday, the state featured a competitive Republican primary, with Mitt Romney winning with support from both Republican and Democratic voters. Why did Democrats vote for Romney? First, Michigan’s Democratic primary was meaningless […]

Oct. 7 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Moses : When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom By Carole Boston Weatherford ; Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book, providing a lyrical and poetic voice to the fascinating and inspiring story of Harriet Tubman and how she became […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was arrested, according to the New Mexico State Police. Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 after failing a series of sobriety tests at a police checkpoint on State Road 469 between San Jon and Logan, […]

Parker decides to leave district judge post

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision that he and his wife talked and prayed about at length. “In reality my wife and I […]