Tucumcari native killed in officer-involved shooting

Freedom New Mexico A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police investigator, […]

In Tribute: Portales officer described as fun-loving, loyal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Capt. Richard “Rick” N. Short was a jokester and an avid golfer with a big heart, the people who knew him say. A Portales native, Short, 49, died Tuesday of a heart attack while off duty. “He was a very loving, caring, honest man; a great […]

Police Blotter —

April 20 At 3:30 p.m. a caller reported an accident involving a pickup and an SUV, which had rolled over. Officers were dispatched. At 4 p.m. an Eastern New Mexico University police officer requested backup at the 1300 block of West First, as subjects were throwing beer bottles at the officer. At 6:17 p.m. a […]

Widows being compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Police: No charges planned in fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Eric Garcia said Thursday that police are not planning to file charges in Tuesday’s fatal wreck on N.M. 267. Joseph R. Ulibarri, 46, of Portales, was killed in the accident. Ulibarri wasn’t wearing a helmet and was near the center of the road in an unlit […]

Portales women face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales women face felony drug charges after police say one of them tried running down an officer during a drug “Buy and Bust” operation. Both women were arrested Wednesday near 16th Lane and Avenue E. by officers from the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, said Portales Deputy Chief […]

It’s their job: School resource officer provides mediation, counseling, services

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Portales Police Master Patrol Officer John Mondragon is serving as the school resource officer this year at Portales High School and Portales Junior High School. He has worked with the Portales Police Department since 2001, and has 21 years law enforcement experience. What does your job consist of? I’m a liaison between the schools and […]

Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy named Riley Hill chief executive officer and president of its Southwestern Public Service Company subsidiary Tuesday, according to a company press release. Hill succeeds David Eves, who has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. Both changes are effective Nov. […]

Curry County jail officer stabbed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An incident in which a Curry County Adult Detention Center inmate stabbed a detention officer Monday is under investigation. Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz said Miguel Martinez, 26, had minor wounds to the torso in the attack. Martinez is scheduled to return to work today. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley […]

Survivor plan not being utilized

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A typical officer retiring today who declines to enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan lets the government off the hook for a subsidy worth $50,100 in “net present value,” say Department of Defense actuaries. The typical enlisted retiree who chooses not to enroll in SBP is turning down a subsidy […]