Miss N.M shares identity theft story

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A victim of the growing identity theft problem, Miss New Mexico 2006 Christina Hall is helping others avoid a similar situation. “When I was 19 my identity was stolen by a girl who renewed her driver’s license under my name,” said Hall, a 2005 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “I […]

FEMA failures show D.C.’s inefficiencies

Freedom Newspapers The news about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to last year’s Hurricane Katrina just keeps getting more and more shocking. As Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins put it, “The blatant fraud, the audacity of the schemes, the scale of the waste — it is just breathtaking.” A survey by the New York […]

Reporter’s notebook: District attorney, Plateau team up against domestic violence

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office and Plateau Wireless have joined together to give victims of domestic violence and abuse access to 911 through a program called “Donate a Lifeline.” Plateau will donate used cell phones and wireless service permitting calls to 911 for victims of abuse and domestic violence, according to a press release […]

Resident maintains oasis for victims

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Hank Baskett of Clovis explains the purpose of the Oasis Children’s Advocate Center, recognized by the 9th District Attorney’s Office for its work. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett, Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center director, believes God directed him down a path he could never have envisioned. He conducts forensic […]

4/25 Local roundup

No injuries reported in Tolar grass fire No structures were lost and no injuries were reported Saturday in a grassfire near Tolar that consumed approximately 5,800 acres of grassland, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Several small fires grew about four miles south of Tolar, creating a blaze that burned for the better part […]

Residents can no longer be complacent

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Police warned us in September 2003. They presented a petition to city commissioners alleging Clovis is “one of the most dangerous places in the state to live.” Mostly, we waved them off. They were just a bunch of drama queens, we told ourselves, their credibility in question because of their […]

Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals who deal with domestic violence victims […]

Officials: Domestic violence cases increasing

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers No matter where it happens, victims are left behind in the wake of domestic violence. In Portales and Clovis, many reach out to try and help these victims, including law enforcement officers, church members, shelter workers and district court workers. October is the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as well […]

Portales residents continue to help victims

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents continue with efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, even as the need for cash donations become increasingly urgent. Some organizations have stopped accepting clothing and food donations because these items require manpower to separate and itemize, said to Chuck Haman, Portales city emergency management coordinator. Haman said he attended […]

Clovis prepared to take in 250 hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis is poised to embrace 250 Hurricane Katrina victims, and efforts to provide relief to victims continue, local officials said. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county could house victims in the 4-H and arts buildings at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He said that the county is on […]

Mother, daughter spend weekend volunteering for victims

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Volunteers with Katrina’s Kids sort and box clothing that will be sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina Monday at the North Plains Mall in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for […]

Official: Clovis won’t receive Katrina victims

Staff and wire reports Victims of Hurricane Katrina won’t be coming to Clovis after all, said Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for the city of Clovis and Curry County. De Los Santos said on Sunday he expected about 250 refugees from the storm would arrive in Clovis this week. But on Monday, he […]

Portales opens doors to hurricane victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Katrina’s victims still in need of aid, support

Freedom Newspapers The stories and pictures of human and economic grief continue to unfold along the devastated path of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. They show clearly why massive economic aid and citizen assistance is urgently needed. If those needs are not met immediately, we soon will see perilous conditions turn into a raging […]

ENMU accepting college students displaced by Katrina

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Around the country, people are doing their part to help victims of Hurricane Katrina get their lives back to normal. Across New Mexico and in Portales, colleges are trying to do their part to make sure education continues as well. Eastern New Mexico University is accepting college students displaced from […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting three children

CNJ staff A man police said was involved in a sex “club” that molested children was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors said Anastacio Esquibel, 24, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three children in 2003. District Attorney Matt Chandler said […]

Bombing victim leaves legacy of compassion

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]