Judge content with Carter’s explanation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said Thursday he is satisfied with reasons District Attorney Brett Carter provided for prosecutors missing recent court appearances. But Carter said he’s unhappy that news he was summoned to the bench to show cause for the absences was leaked to the media. Carter said he […]

Big Brother, Big Sister program closes Clovis office

Ryan Lengerich Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Curry and Roosevelt counties has lost its central office in Clovis. The result of an organizational restructuring leaves four staff members and dozens of children at least temporarily in limbo. The Clovis-based agency may face a merger with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pecos Valley in […]

Murray coaches, collect memories

By Kevin Wilson John Murray collects all kinds of things, from a record collection that exceeds 7,000 vinyl discs to a grouping of toys that would make his office a good subject for a VH1 “I Love the 80s” special. His most valuable collection, though, grows in a file folder. It is a collection of […]

Former D.A. assistant running for top spot

Michelle Seeber Former Assistant District Attorney Matthew Chandler of Clovis announced his candidacy for District Attorney of Curry and Roosevelt counties Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University, one day after he was fired by District Attorney Brett Carter. “I advised Carter on Jan. 27 of my intentions to run for (District Attorney),” Chandler said before […]

Holiday closings for Portales

Freedom Newspapers The following places will have different hours on New Year’s Eve: Portales News-Tribune (closes at noon), Wells Fargo (closes at 3 p.m.), Portales National Bank (closes at noon), Roosevelt County Courts office (closes at noon), Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office (closes at noon), Wagon Wheel (closes at 2 p.m.), La Hacienda (2:30 p.m.), […]

D.A. Carter seeks funding, office space

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office has been so cramped for space that at one point employees there used an area near the kitchen sink to file their cases. A similar shortage of personnel and funds for the district attorney’s office are allowing criminals, especially drug offenders, to receive light sentences and thus […]

Lack of personnel at D.A. office causes concern

Mike Linn Local law enforcement officials say they are concerned about a perceived shortage of personnel at the Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office. Officers say they sometimes have to act as attorneys when prosecuting crimes such as shoplifting and disorderly conduct. In an effort to seek remedy, police officials and members of the local Crime […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]

Judge Brack sworn into office

PNT Staff Former 9th Judicial District Court Judge Robert Brack was sworn in Thursday as the newest federal district judge for New Mexico. Brack was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 14 after being recommended by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and nominated by President George W. Bush. Brack is one of six federal district […]

Congressman hears local concerns

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Kevin Wilson In the span of an hour, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall covered everything from Dora mail routes to the global economy. Udall was in the area Monday evening at City Hall for a one-hour session with Roosevelt County residents, one of 10 such meetings scheduled for this month. Earlier Monday morning, Udall and Portales […]