Lopez named new county chairman

Tony Parra A move at the top of the board, the purchase of a 2003 Chevy Blazer and $150,000 for small-county assistance were among the top issues discussed in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. During the beginning of the meeting there was a change at the top when Dennis Lopez was chosen as the new […]

Three out of four council members to run unopposed

Tony Parra The stage is set for the 2004 Portales city council elections and five candidates will be running for four positions on March 2. Three candidates can breathe a sigh of relief because they will be running uncontested. Alfred Bachicha of Ward A, Gary Watkins of Ward B and D.K. Shafer of Ward C […]

Retired teachers lobby for retirement funds

Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, which […]

PFD seeks credit, donated fire truck

Tony Parra The Portales Fire Department and county commission meeting dates are some of the top topics in today’s city hall and Roosevelt County committee meetings. Resolution 03-04-15, superseding resolution 01-02-19 will be presented during the city hall council meeting. The resolution is for authorizing five additional credit cards for the Portales Fire Department’s use. […]

Clovis man shot to death

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man was shot to death early Sunday morning as he apparently raced through Clovis in his Sport Utility Vehicle in an attempt to flee his assailants. Carlos Murillo, 27, died about 3:40 a.m., police said, after he was shot at the intersection of Concord Street and Marvin Hass Boulevard in north […]

City officials lobby for funds to legislature

Tony Parra Roosevelt County and the Portales City Council may have two different ways of lobbying to the state legislature but one aspect remains the same: representation at the New Mexico state legislature. The city is represented by its city councilors and Mayor Orlando Ortega in the lobbying process. They are vital in bringing in […]

Portales police arrest one drunk driver during holiday

Tony Parra The element of surprise. The Portales residents can do without it, especially when it comes to arrests on the holidays. The first arrest of the 2004 year was made 29 minutes into the new year. It was for driving while intoxicated, among other citations. However, it was the only arrest on New Year’s […]

Non-traditional students learn in House

Michelle Seeber House may be a small community in eastern New Mexico, but it has a school that draws students from all across the state. The school, known as The Learning Center at House High School, is for students, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to attend high school on a regular basis […]

In 2003, region had driest weather in more than 20 years

Michelle Seeber Sticky, hot and nasty. Those were the words U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Ramona Nutt of Clovis used to describe the weather during 2003, the driest year in the city since 1980. “It’s been weird weather for me, because it’s so dry,” Nutt said. “Last summer was unbearable.” Mail carriers were not the […]

Clovis man may have suffered a heart attack

Jack King The Clovis man who was declared dead twice on Wednesday became ill at home early in the day and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, his son said Thursday. Felipe Padilla, 94, was first declared dead at Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning and his body was taken to Muffley Funeral […]