City officials hopeful grassroots effort can save post office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner [...]

Commissioners approve county manager pay raise

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Commissioners have given the county manager a 4 percent pay raise, citing her performance and experience as the reasons. The commission voted unanimously, with Commissioner Jake Lopez absent, for Charlene Hardin’s pay increase after a closed session at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. “She deserved [...]

Former county commissioner announces bid for mayor

Freedom New Mexico Former Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez announced Thursday he plans to run for mayor of Portales. Lopez said he wants to get a jump on his competition by announcing his intentions early for the 2010 election. Current Mayor Orlando Ortega said he has decided not to pursue another term. Lopez served two [...]

Scandals, suspicions spark legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday morning that he’s backing legislation that would rein in the governor’s control over the state Investment Council, which manages New Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar permanent funds. Later in the day, a trio of Democratic lawmakers from the Las Cruces area announced that they’re introducing [...]

Jan. 11, 2009 Anniversaries

Lopez Jake and Beatrice Lopez of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 12, 2009. The couple was married Jan. 12, 1959, in Las Vegas, NM. They have 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. He is a maintenance supervisor for La Casa Family Health Center and currently a Roosevelt County Commissioner. She [...]

Dec. 31, 1953

Cleo AInsworth of Elida, a popular member of an original pioneer family of Roosevelt County, announced his intentions to run for District 2 County Commissioner to succeed Clifford Stevenson.

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during [...]

Commission OKs downtown funds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer All but one Roosevelt County commissioner voted at Tuesday’s meeting to fund half of the projected shortfall for the Courthouse Square improvement project. City officials had asked the county to help pay for the project after the bid came in almost $178,000 over budget. The commission could have also [...]

Commissioners discuss lack of subdivision oversight

By Karl Terry One Roosevelt County commissioner questioned why the county was bothering to approve subdivisions if they didn’t have authority to enforce the covenants and rules they provide. During Tuesday’s regular meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton told his fellow commissioners of a complaint he had received from a resident about a calf operation in the [...]

Probate, one commissioner spot contested

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two of the five races for Roosevelt County offices drew a crowd on filing day Tuesday. In Commissioner’s District 2, Richard (Rick) Leal is challenging incumbent David Sanders. In the probate judge’s race one Republican Mark Paternoster and three Democrats, Lavern Standifer, Barbara George and Mickey Morgan have filed. [...]