Baca pre-trial postponed due to evidence delays

By Tony Parra A pre-trial hearing for a Portales murder suspect has been postponed after defense attorneys and prosecutors met with 9th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The pre-trial hearing for Richard Baca was originally set for Friday. The delay was granted because the prosecuting attorney [...]

Ethanol plant may receive competition

By Tony Parra Construction on a new ethanol plant in Levelland will begin in October or November according to Dave Quinn, director of economic development for Levelland, Texas. Levelland is located 20 miles west of Lubbock and within 90 miles of Portales. Quinn and Chris Standlee, Executive Vice President for Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation, both feel [...]

Laughter not a bad career choice

By Kevin Wilson I’m beginning to think I’m in the wrong line of work. Actually, I know it. Like several of you, I’m not at what I’d call my dream job at this point of my life. I’m not at a midlife crisis, but I get a little bit closer every time I turn on [...]

Clovis man gets two years for vehicle homicide

Darrell Maurina A 70-year-old farmer from Melrose on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in state prison for vehicular homicide, despite warnings from his attorney that prison time could be a death sentence. District Judge Stephen Quinn decided to go beyond the Department of Corrections’ pre-sentencing recommendation that Harry Downey receive five years probation with [...]

Parker sworn in as district court judge

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Tony Parra The 9th Judicial District Court is now complete after Joe Parker was sworn in by district judge Stephen Quinn on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. “He’s going to hit the ground running,” Quinn said about Parker’s new position. “He’s going to start (this) morning. We’ve been extremely busy (with [...]