Press release: Gov. Richardson visiting area

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will visit 14 communities this week as he continues his statewide listening tour. The Governor will travel to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Ft. Sumner, Clovis, Portales, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Moriarty, Mora and Mosquero. The Governor will meet with invited local leaders, county officials, community leaders […]

County holds off on ‘no dumping’ action

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission took no action on a request to publicize laws dealing with litter and blowing trash. At the commission meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse, Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, requested a sign beside the northbound lane of U.S. 70 near Roosevelt General Hospital […]

Resident requesting anti-littering measure

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County resident plans to ask the County Commission to put up one “no littering” sign and publicize the state public nuisance law. The request is among agenda items for the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the District Courthouse. Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, […]

Commission balks at inmate health care price tag

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cost of a contract for county inmate health care has the Roosevelt County Commission looking for other options. The commissioners expressed unhappiness with the $232,000 price of the contract for County Detention Center inmate health care at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. They voted to table […]

Stream commission holding regional meetings

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales and Tucumcari are hosting two of 21 statewide meetings scheduled as the Interstate Stream Commission looks for public comments on how the state balances its future water needs with its supply. The state is updating 16 regional and separate water plans, merging them into one for New Mexico. […]

County Commission applies for law enforcement grant

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Commission is moving forward with a COPS grant, which gives the sheriff money to hire a new deputy. Sheriff Darren Hooker said with all the stimulus money coming out of Washington, D.C., the money is filtering down for grants. “This is a grant that will let […]

Commissioners to meet Tuesday

The Roosevelt County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday in the County Courthouse. The agenda includes recommendations from the Tomorrow’s Leaders Youth Town Hall Forum, an application for a COPS grant and budget adjustments for an increase in the clerk user fee and allocation of sheriff’s seizure funds.

No action taken on trash proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Rules for controlled burns remain unchanged in Roosevelt County, and property owners don’t have to remove trash and tumbleweeds from their land and yards. The Roosevelt County Commission took no action during its meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse on a request for an ordinance that would require property […]

Burn ban, trash ordinance up for discussion

PNT staff Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to vote today on whether to ban outside fires. The commission meets 9 a.m. today at the county courthouse. Commissioner Gene Creighton, who introduced the subject at the last meeting, said the commission would repeal the ban when they believe the moisture and wind conditions are no longer […]

Review board to disappoint veterans

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Complaints from veterans and from a high-profile commission that the services routinely were “low-balling” disability ratings for military members found medically unfit spurred Congress last year to take action. Among other things it ordered the Department of Defense to create a special board to review disability ratings of 20 percent […]

County Commission to meet

Roosevelt County Commissioners are to meet at 9 a.m. today at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request from the City of Portales to locate a monument, a presentation by Larry Lundberg of Wells Fargo Brokerage and approval of changes to the county personnel policy.

County takes big insurance premium hit

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Although Roosevelt County is spending about $64,000 more than estimated this fiscal year, the county manager said the budget adjustment is smaller than in the past. The Roosevelt County Commission approved mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday. This year’s largest increase was $35,931for law enforcement liability insurance. County Manager Charlene Hardin […]

County Commission meets Tuesday

The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes appointment of the county Board of Registration, budget adjustments and a request for a loss-prevention picnic and gas giveaway for employees in July. Commissioners are also to vote on a resolution certifying […]

House passes lethal injection bill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city commission’s recent decision to stay with carbon monoxide and reject euthanizing unwanted animals by lethal injection may have just run out of gas. A bill sailed through the New Mexico House on Thursday on a 62-3 vote prohibits the use of gas chambers to euthanize animals. If […]

County commission to vote on gross receipt tax increase

By Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed new gross receipts tax at its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the County Courthouse. At the Jan. 6 commission meeting, County Manager Charlene Hardin brought the matter before the commissioners. If passed, the tax of one sixteenth of 1 percent […]

Commission to consider new Legislature policy

PNT Staff Report At their meeting today, Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to consider a policy requiring capital outlay requests to the Legislature to come before the commission in advance if the county might need to act as fiscal agent in the project. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse […]

Jan. 19, 1981

The Portales News Tribune reported that the Roosevelt County Commission approved a measure put forth by Sheriff Stanley Bilberry to use air travel to transport Roosevelt County prisoners if the extraditions were over 600 miles. Under the current policy, the prisoners had to be driven, no matter what the distance.

State game hearing seeks public input

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Freedom New Mexico Confusion over proposed new rules for hunting on private property in New Mexico is prompting a special State Game Commission hearing. The public meeting is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The commission is interested hearing public concerns about a new rule […]

County seeks gross receipts tax increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission wants to impose a gross receipts tax to help fund health care for people who can’t afford it. At their meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners unanimously passed the notice. State regulations require a public hearing before the tax becomes reality. County Manager Charlene […]

Commission considers alternate building plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is looking at a change in plans for the proposed multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds. At the commission meeting Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse, County Manager Charlene Hardin said the proposed 63,000-square-foot metal building would cost $5.8 million, which was not a viable option. […]