Oct. 10 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon School closes two days Students and staff alike celebrate Monday in honor of Christopher Columbus. Students also have Tuesday off while teachers participate in professional development trainings. Volleyball seasonends Both the seventh and eighth grade “A” teams head to Clovis to face Yucca Tuesday. Then on Friday and Saturday they will compete […]

Carter to change sides in courtroom

Freedom Newspapers istrict Attorney Brett Carter has spent 18 years in Roosevelt and Curry County courtrooms working to ensure felons face justice. In about a month he’ll be an adversary to prosecutors. Carter will take over as head of the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office next month, replacing long-time district defender Calvin Neumann, who […]

Carter to interview for public defender

By Mike Linn The outgoing district attorney and a longtime public defender are vying for the top position in the district defender’s office, which will become open after Oct. 29. Assistant public defender Jim Wilson, an Idaho native, and District Attorney Brett Carter are scheduled to meet with the state’s top public defender in two […]

Constitution not our only source for laws

By Jim Lee Here we are rounding the first curve in yet another presidential race. It feels like they get closer and closer together each time. Every four years we have this uniquely American ritual in which the citizens have the chance to show they are in charge. Those who govern are hired and fired […]

Officials support voluntary drug testing

By David Arkin Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be sent to […]

May 16 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Thomas Gantert, 44, found guilty of aggravated battery against a household member and will serve 60 days in the department of corrections for purposes of diagnostic evaluation. The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • […]

Water could cost more than some willing to pay

By Jack King CLOVIS — A 2003 U.S. Bureau of Reclamation economic analysis estimates the Ute Water Project could cost more than residents in many communities would be willing to pay. The study — written in May 2003 by Steven Piper, a BOR resource economist, for use in the project’s conceptual design — states Portales […]

Forum to feature DA candidates

By Ryan Lengerich Eastern New Mexico residents will have their chance to drill two district attorney candidates at a forum on Tuesday. The event will pit 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter against opponent Matt Chandler in a public debate organized by a Clovis Community College student legal group. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. […]

Library to receive E-rate funding

By Michelle Seeber U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) recently confirmed that the Portales Public Library will receive $5,713 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology. The discounts are part of the E-Rate program that provides libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services. Jenny Blaylock, circulation supervisor at the library, said, “We’ve been getting that discount […]

CIA cancels terror lecture

Mike Linn A lecture and two other events featuring a Central Intelligence Agency officer were canceled on Wednesday after a local newspaper editor refused to withhold the agent’s name in a planned story. A CIA public affairs officer said printing the CIA officer’s name in the newspaper could put his life in danger. Freedom Newspapers […]