Melrose chief retires

By David Irvin A long-time area law enforcement official has announced his retirement as Melrose’s police chief, effective Dec. 31. Clarence “Gomer” Pyle, 61, who has been with the Melrose department for five years, dedicated 28 years of community service to the area. Pyle started with Clovis police in 1967, quit and then returned in […]

City council celebrates new channel

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors on Tuesday celebrated a new channel on Comcast cable television that will televise community events. Comcast viewers can flip to channel 19 and view Roosevelt County events, including the city council and school board meetings. Ortega also said organization members interested in posting events can contact […]

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 […]

Police searching for suspected killer

Ryan Lengerich A man with ties to eastern New Mexico who is suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents last month is still on the loose. But Oklahoma police officials believe they have him contained. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple Oct. 18 in Depew, Okla., police said. Prior to the […]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]