Tucumcari fires police chief

Freedom New Mexico The City of Tucumcari has fired Police Chief Roger Hatcher, according to a press release. Hatcher said Friday he received a letter from City Manager Bobbye Rose on Monday informing him of the decision. Hatcher was on paid administrative since Jan. 15. Hatcher would only discuss one of the reasons for termination […]

U.S. 70 closed for disabled truck

Police closed U.S. 70 at Johnston Hill until a wrecker could move a disabled tractor-trailer Friday afternoon. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker said the axles came off the truck, but no one was injured. He said traffic was backed up from Johnston Hill, about 4.5 miles north of Portales, back to town. Parker […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on leave

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was placed on paid administrative leave Friday morning, according to City Manager Bobbye Rose. Hatcher said he was approached by Rose and City Clerk Christine Dougherty about the option of resigning or being fired. He said after arguing about his employment status, Rose and […]

Region wakes up to snow

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico It just might be a white Christmas on the High Plains. An overnight storm brought blowing and drifting snow to the area Thursday, making roads slick and dangerous. About an inch of snow fell overnight. The National Weather Service is predicting high winds — 30 mph to 40 mph […]

Council to vote on rezoning, ordinance amendment

Freedom New Mexico It looks like a short agenda for Portales City Council when it meets 7 p.m. Tuesday. The city is expected to approve a notice of intent to adopt ordinance No. 686 for rezoning and an ordinance amending ordinance no. 387 to alter the official zoning map. Also, the council will entertain a […]

No arrests announced in fire

Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday no arrests have been announced in relation to the fire that gutted K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Wednesday. Officials at the fire department said the case is still under investigation. The Clovis Police said Wednesday the case is being investigated as an arson.

RGH meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting set for Tuesday night was canceled since the board finished interviewing administrator candidates ahead of schedule. The board wrapped up interviews Monday with RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens and health care administrator Richard Smith of Clovis after candidate Jeff Comer Jr. of Arizona called to […]

City Council selects interim fire chief

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales has selected an interim fire chief to step up when the current chief retires. At the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Tom Howell announced his plans to appoint Portales Battalion Chief and Emergency Medical Services Director Gary Nuckols to serve as interim chief after the Nov. 27 […]

Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy named Riley Hill chief executive officer and president of its Southwestern Public Service Company subsidiary Tuesday, according to a company press release. Hill succeeds David Eves, who has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. Both changes are effective Nov. […]

Fire chief leaving for new position with hospital

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After nearly 21 years serving Portales and surrounding townships, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges is retiring to take on another role in helping the community. Tuesday night, Bridges’ intentions to retire Nov. 27 were announced at the city council meeting in City Hall. Bridges has accepted a position with […]

Fire chief remembered for generosity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony is remembered as many things. But perhaps most of all, as a man who cared about others and the community he called home. Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Friday while hunting elk near Ruidoso. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was […]

Services set for Elida chief

Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday while hunting Elk around Ruidoso. According to a news release, a firefighter’s funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elida High School Gymnasium. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was farmer and worked with the youth ministry for a […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

Freedom New Mexico Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she […]

ENMU hires police chief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has named a former graduate its new police chief. Brad Mauldin, a sergeant and night shift supervisor at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, replaces Raymond Chambers, who retired last month. The university announced Maudlin’s hiring Thursday. Mauldin is a 2008 graduate of ENMU with a […]

State economic development secretary hails Sunland Inc. during visit

PNT Staff The chief of New Mexico’s Economic Development Department hailed the expansion of Sunland Inc. peanuts as a model for other cities across the state. Fred Mondragon’s remarks came Thursday while in Portales for a tour of the peanut processing plant and Eastern New Mexico University. Mondragon is secretary of the state economic development […]

Father, son retire from police work

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Like father, like son. Raymond Chambers is retiring after 25 years with the Eastern New Mexico University Police, while son Scott Chambers is leaving as a chief deputy after 24 years with the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill said it was a pleasure working with Scott for […]

Police chief investigation conclusion expected next week

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The investigation into the Tucumcari police chief’s use of a Taser on a 14-year-old girl has not been completed. City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday the investigation firm handling the case requested additional documentation Thursday and she anticipates a conclusion next week. Chief Roger Hatcher remains on paid administrative […]

Tucumcari police chief Tasers 14-year-old

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A 14-year-old Tucumcari girl is recovering at an Albuquerque hospital after being shot in the head with a Taser dart by Tucucmari Police Chief Roger Hatcher. Now, her parents say they want the police department to review its policies for using the Taser. The girl was hit in the […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The State of New […]

Official: Air conditioner started fire

PNT Staff Report Portales firefighters were called to Heartland Continuing Care about 8:10 p.m. Thursday because of a small fire in an air conditioner in the south dining hall. Heartland staff members moved the residents to the west wing of the building until they were cleared to return, said Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance […]