Company settles with state

Mike Linn Officials with the locally operated Transwestern Pipeline Company entered into a settlement this week with the state’s environmental department over air violations in the summer of 2001. Transwestern compresses natural gas for transmission through a pipeline at a compressor station located five miles northwest of Portales in Roosevelt County. As part of the […]

Preparations begin for 12th annual Ag Expo

Michelle Seeber The state of New Mexico’s economy much depends on agriculture and ranching, and for the past few years, the dairy industry has brought even more dollars into the state. To keep up with the changing trends and newest products of these industries, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Roosevelt County Extension […]

Las Posadas reenacts birth of Christ

Helena Rodriguez Sylvia Baca’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Baca, participated in Las Posadas, a Mexican reenactment of the birth of Christ, as a young man and told her of the long Posadas processions in Encino. This week, Baca not only attended her first Posadas, she and her sisters also played host to one on Wednesday night at […]

Horse races cause concern for area police

Mike Linn A family residing about five miles east of Portales has been hosting horse races twice a month, contending it wants to keep Mexican tradition alive and boredom at bay. But local law enforcement officials say tradition can only go as far as American law permits — and to that end Roosevelt County Sheriff […]

Police arrest six for fake money

Darrell Maurina Clovis police say they have arrested six people so far while investigating area counterfeiting incidents, including a man they believe is responsible for producing the phony currency. Terry Maes, 30, of Clovis has confessed to manufacturing at least $2,500 in counterfeit money, Detective Matthew Solari said. “Basically through his confession he gave a […]

Drug awareness seminar receives poor attendance

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Tony Parra No community is immune from drug problems and drug awareness was the main issue during the “Taking Control” seminar at the Portales High School Auditorium on Thursday. “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t have more people than the ones that attended,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said. “I am proud of the law […]

Water officials raise cost of pipeline project by 20 percent

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident of […]

United Way close to reaching goal

Tony Parra The United Way of Roosevelt County has raised more than $56,567.25 and they are closing in on the ultimate goal of $70,000 on Wednesday. The sign in the downtown area has shown the amount over the $55,000, short of the goal, but only inches of red paint short of reaching the top of […]

Alcohol sting busts businesses for underage sales

Michelle Seeber Four out of five Portales business employees sold alcohol to minors during an undercover sting conducted over the weekend, resulting in citations for both the business owners and the employees who sold the liquor. The only business to pass the undercover sting was Wal-Mart, leaving employees and owners of Town & Country, IGA, […]