Seven arrested in drug busts

CMI Staff CMI staff Seven Clovis people face felony charges after Region V Drug Task Force agents made arrests, seized cash, drugs, a motorcycle and a firearm throughout the last three days in Clovis, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. According to Waller: • Michael Dickson, 31, and Betty Garza, 36, were arrested Tuesday […]

Press release: Portales business owner arrested in drug raid

Portales, NM, January 24, 2012: Region 5 Drug Task Force Agents seize $51,000 worth of Cocaine in a Buy/Bust operation at local business. Agents from the Region 5 Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Clovis and Portales Police departments, the Curry and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Offices, and the New Mexico State Police conducted […]

Legislator named to task force

PNT staff report Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been appointed to the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez. Roch, the assistant superintendent at Texico Schools, serves on the House Education Committee. The 12-member task force was created through an executive order by Martinez to develop and propose […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around the U.S., such as California, Florida and Mexico, causing a shortage in certain produce and a sharp spike in prices. Mackenzie Kennedy, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, said she had to switch to buying canned and frozen produce […]

Dairy farmer critical of new rules

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Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Hounds hope to shake off tough loss in season finale

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico After coming up short last week in their bid for a piece of the Lone Star Conference North Division title, the task this week for Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is to get its emotional edge back. The Greyhounds visit Tarleton State for an 11 a.m. (MST) kickoff […]

Portales past: Oct. 21, 1960

Oct. 21, 1960: Portales News-Tribune: Lt. Gov. Ed Mead, a Baptist deacon, wearing a Kennedy button on his lapel, was in Portales on a political missionary task that included not only the Democratic presidential nominee, but Gov. John Burroughs.

Wike named new drug task force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Officials decline to reveal new Drug Task Force coordinator

Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made in a […]

Commentary: Feeding camels tiresome, yet important task

By Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace: 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs RAF MILDENHALL, England — When my 3-year-old asked me why I was going to the desert in 2004, I said, “Daddy has to go feed the camels,” and that was enough to sustain his curiosity. My 7- and 8-year-olds didn’t buy it. Despite their […]

Drug task force makes significant cocaine bust

Freedom New Mexico The Region V Drug Task Force has intercepted what investigators call a significant amount of cocaine being transported to Clovis Monday. Jorge Sanchez, 31, and Felipe De Jesus Gandara, 31, are being held without bond on an immigration hold, charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to Curry County […]

Our choices revolve around ethics

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” What standards apply to me as I conduct my life?” “What are the fundamental principles that I should follow?” Those are pretty much equivalent questions, but the answers are extremely complicated and multifaceted. There […]

Clovis man arrested in connection to drug seizure

Freedom New Mexico A 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday in connection with a substantial drug seizure, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Brent Roaf is being held on $16,500 bond, jail officials said. Around 9 p.m. a deputy serving a subpoena at an apartment in the 2900 block of Main Street smelled burning marijuana […]

Celebrating librarians

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis and Portales libraries and librarians celebrated National Library Week with story times and decorations. But what is behind the decorations and the events? Who are the people who are never seen at the library but are an important part of its processes?Even librarians lose books, and sometimes […]

RCSO, Task Force make drug bust

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PNT Staff Report Officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and the Region V Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday that ended in the arrest of a Portales man for drug charges, according to a RCSO news release. Officers served the warrant at 1413 S. Ave. I in Portales where they seized 15 […]

Hurdles remain high for TriCare

By Tom Philpott The Defense Department’s top health official believes that “within the next year or two” TRICARE fees, co-pays and deductibles will “begin to gradually go up” for military retirees. But Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, also says he “has a lot of sympathy with” the argument of […]

Governor wants N.M. bases considered

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has created a task force to sell New Mexico as a future home for a new U.S. Air Force Cyberspace Command. Richardson on Wednesday formed a task force of state and community leaders and military and cyberspace experts to promote New Mexico. The task force will […]

States should follow Illinois’ example

Editorial Ronald Reagan once said the goal of welfare agencies should be eliminating the need for their own existence. A noble goal, but is it possible? According to Gary MacDougal, it is. MacDougal used experience gained from running a successful business to help reform the Illinois social services system and move people off welfare rolls […]

Sheriff’s office back in task force

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker made good on one of his campaign promises last week as his office participated in a sweep of suspected drug traffickers with the Region V Drug Task Force. The roundup, which netted the arrest of 22 people on outstanding drug and narcotics charges and […]