Tucumcari commissioners fire city manager

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and Robert Lumpkin voted [...]

Businesses offer entertainment venues for Fifth Friday events

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Alisa Boswell City officials and residents’ ambitions to make downtown Portales “alive after five” begins Friday night with the MainStreet Program’s first Fifth Fridays event. The MainStreet Program Manager Sandy Van Der Veen and local business owners involve all said they anticipate a good turnout for the first event, but they believe the number of [...]

City officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Alisa Boswell City officials agree an entertainment center would be a positive thing for Portales. Opinions are split on how to fund such a project. Councilor Keith Thomas, who pitched the idea to the city council, proposes it could be funded by a tax hike or bond. Mayor Sharon King believes it should be privately [...]

Meetings watch: City commission

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in Portales City Hall, councilors: • Approved ratification of the Finance Department’s Actions Regarding Bills for August 2011. • Approved the resolution for a special election concerning Sunday liquor sales in Portales. Portales Mayor Sharon King said the election will take place Dec. 13. • Approved the right-of-way [...]

Tucumcari city manager applies for Lincoln County position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Friday confirmed she has applied for the Lincoln County Manager position. “This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.” Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human [...]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created a sense of vulnerability that struck close to home for the community, in more ways than one. The tone was one of worry and fear as people around the U.S. watched in horror and [...]

Meetings watch —

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission will meet in a Work Session today at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Roosevelt County Courthouse to discuss the Magistrate Court Complex Project. The following items will be discussed today during the regular commissioners meeting at 9 a.m.: • Information about the Security Posture Assessment [...]

Clovis city commissioner receives certification

Clovis City Commissioner Fidel Madrid was recognized Thursday for his graduation as a certified municipal official from the New Mexico Municipal League’s leadership institute. The institute is a voluntary three-tiered program that encourages continuing education, excellence in local governance and recognition of elected officials who take advantage of training opportunities. Madrid, elected in 2010, represents [...]

Portales to begin redistricting plans

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Alisa Boswell Redistricting for the city of Portales will begin soon now that the city has signed a contract with Southwest Political Services of Albuquerque. According to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the company will finish the project no later than Dec. 15. “We are asking them that they provide us with three alternate plans [...]

Businesses seek Sunday alcohol sales

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Argen Duncan A petition is calling for a vote on Sunday liquor sales in Portales restaurants. If 5 percent of voters registered in Portales city limits sign the petition, the city will have to hold an election in which voters decide whether to continue the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in Portales. Cattle [...]