Public Record 11-16

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: l Carl J. White, 60, and Mattie Carolyn Shipman, 57, both of Lubbock. The following dispositions were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: l Michael Vidmar, 34, found guilty of possession of firearm or destructive device by a felon. He will serve […]

Public Record 9-28

The following marriage certificates were recently filed at the Roosevelt County Courthouse: James B. Jones, 22, and Jessica M. Harwell, 23, both of Portales. Ruben D. Esparza, 20, and Tina Baeza, 30, both of Portales. The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County District Court: Epigmenio P. Baltazar, 28, found guilty of aggravated driving while […]

Rattlers shaking county residents


Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who […]

Gardels on road to recovery

By Mike Linn A Portales man who underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant four months ago is back doing chores he once feared he might never do again. Kevin Gardels, diagnosed one year ago with a rare cancer called Myelofibrosis, successfully completed surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles last spring and returned to his […]

Public Record July 13

Recent dispositions from Roosevelt County District Court: • Jesse D. Kibbe, 22, found guilty of assault on a peace officer, driving under the influence, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will serve 993 days of supervised probation. • Kevin Hodges, 22, found guilty of tampering with evidence, attempted […]

Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: •Jacinto Gaxiola, 22, of Portales, to Mirna Trillo, 15, of Portales. •Michael David Van Wettering, 21, of Portales, to Stacy Delynn Stewart, 23, of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: •Reydesel Avita Calderon, 39, was convicted on […]

Journalist’s plight of deception hurts his trade

By Mike Linn Two weeks ago, a 27-year-old New York Times journalist resigned after committing various crimes against the trade: misquoting sources, quoting sources he never spoke to, lying about his whereabouts, plagiarism and fabricating stories so bad that his chronicles incited laughter from Virginia Beach to the Texas Panhandle. Research conducted by NY Times […]