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, […]

Commissioner critical of county lobbyists

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is disgruntled with two lobbyists the commission hired last year to seek state funding for county projects. Commissioner Tom Clark said one of the lobbyists failed to keep a promise they would only lobby for Roosevelt County. Moreover, Clark said the lobbyists, Portales City Councilman Mike Miller and Arch […]

Fire chief receives new toys

Mike Linn It’s not even Christmas yet and Portales Fire Chief Steve Beaty is already looking for a place to put all his gifts, which include a brand new fire truck among other items. Beaty told the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting he has recently been awarded roughly $250,000 from grants to purchase an […]

High Winds cause chaos for electric company

Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents took caution to the wind on Monday with high winds causing power outages and fallen electric poles in some areas. The high wind advisories for eastern New Mexico soaked Portales with a brown cloud of dust causing limited visibility in areas of Highway 70 south of town. There was a […]

Iraqi officials call for a quick trial for Saddam

By Niko Price BAGHDAD, Iraq — Their exuberance over his capture still fresh, Iraqi leaders said Monday they want to send Saddam Hussein to a quick trial with an eye toward executing him by summer. But U.S. officials signaled the Iraqis may have to wait. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the world body would not […]

Educators discuss Saddam’s future

Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where are […]