Election Returns

Roosevelt County Unofficial Results All precincts reporting U.S. Senator • (D) Jeff Bingaman, 2,563 • (R) Allen W. McCulloch, MD, 1,522 U.S. Representative District 3 • (D) Tom Udall, 2,523 • (R) Ronald M. Dolin, 1,569 Governor and Lieutenant Governor • (D) Bill Richardson and Diane D. Denish, 2,335 • (R) John Dendahl and Sue […]

Candidates weigh in on money, trash

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charles Bennett wants to give back to the county he raised his children in, while Bill Cathey vows to do the best job he can, but only one will win the race for Roosevelt County Commissioner for District 3 in November. The commissioner candidates were some of the candidates […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned blank as the town awaited the fate of its base, the only link to the Virginia proceedings, for many, television. “This is like Super Bowl Sunday,” […]

Cannon backers “distressed”

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers Clovis-Portales citizens, city commissioners and other government officials, perched on the edge of their seats, many with cell phones in hand, watched intently Friday morning from the Clovis-Carver Public Library as the nine-member military-base closure panel debated, and continuously postponed, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. Reserved shouts of glee, […]

Changes made for proposed meth ordinance

By Marlena Hartz A task force comprised of city officials and commissioners has revised some provisions of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s new methamphetamine ordinance. A majority of Clovis’ city commissioners voted July 7 to introduce the ordinance that would require pseudeophedrine-based drugs be kept behind the counter at local stores and pharmacies, with the […]

Cannon supporters make their case

CNJ Staff Nine supporters of Cannon Air Force Base spent 90 minutes Friday trying to convince Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to remove Cannon from a proposed closure list. Most argued that Defense Department information was flawed and incomplete and emotions ran high with an audience of about 1,400 applauding the speakers on more than […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

Commission makes roads top priority

By Tony Parra Deteriorating road conditions in the county caused commissioners to dispute what is the best way to distribute funding for roads throughout the county during Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. District 2 Commissioner Chad Davis is of the opinion more money should go to the roads which have the most traffic. District 3 […]

Sanders’ victory fills commission with Democrats

By Tony Parra Democrat David Sanders will take control of the District 2 County Commissioner position on Jan. 1, ending the Chad Davis era after Sanders defeated Republican Charles May in the District 2 race. According to the unofficial final results, Sanders finished with 851 votes while May earned 775 votes. May accumulated more early […]

Sanders faces May in commissioner race

The new District 2 county commissioner in Roosevelt County will face a number of difficult decisions, from road and budget issues to an overcrowded jail. The battle is between Democrat David Sanders and Republican Charles May. While early voting continues, election day is Tuesday. The current District 2 County Commissioner Chad Davis decided not to […]

Commissioners take first step towards tax increments

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners had been discussing the idea of imposing tax increments because of budget deficiencies, and on Tuesda decided to take the first step in the process. Commissioners said they will take the first step in the process by publicizing the notice of intent. Roosevelt County plans for a first 1/8 […]

Four running for county commissioner

Tony Parra Tuesday was the last day for people to declare their candidacy for Roosevelt County positions, and one particular position received a lot of attention. There are four candidates for the District 2 commissioner’s seat: Harvey Teague, David Sanders, Charles May and George Martin. Incumbent Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election. Sanders, […]

Candidates prepare for county elections

Mike Linn The filing day for those wishing to fill two seats on the Roosevelt County Commission will be on Tuesday, and so far one commissioner has pledged to run for reelection and another is undecided. Other open positions include Roosevelt County clerk, probate judge and treasurer. Those wishing to run for the positions can […]

Four wheels for a buck

Mike Linn Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett doesn’t shop for police cruisers at the dollar store. But he recently stumbled across a deal from an agency that sells police vehicles for $1 in an effort to beef up Homeland Security nationwide. Here’s the catch: The cars would be laced with advertisements from local, regional and […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

Portales native serving as art commissioner

Angela Peacock Peggy Usrey said moving to Ruidoso and owning an art gallery is the closest she has ever come to living in paradise. A 1954 Portales High graduate, Usrey was recently elected as a commissioner to the Ruidoso Art Commission, which oversees all art and cultural projects for the village, ranging from visual arts […]

Stipulation in bill could cost county $100,000

By Mike Linn A minor stipulation in a bill that unanimously cleared the legislative process may cost Roosevelt County a hardy chunk of cash. House Bill 229, drafted to increase cash allocations to small counties in the state, requires that counties with a property value over $200 million must have three general gross receipts taxes […]