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 consider shift on legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners may reconsider a decision they made in regards to not sending a letter with their legislative priorities to Gov. Bill Richardson and the Department of Finance and Administration after the Roosevelt County Commission meeting on Tuesday. The commissioners have decided to investigate their decision a little further after they […]

Deputies receive pay increase

By Tony Parra Despite a budget crunch, Roosevelt County Commissioners relented on Tuesday and agreed to a hourly pay increase of $2 for certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies. The starting pay of $10.82 for deputies will increase to $12.82, effective as of the start of the next pay period on Oct. 12. Non-certified deputy […]

Checkpoints coming this month

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short updated the Roosevelt County commissioners about cracking down on drunk drivers in the late part of August and into September in Tuesday’s county commission meeting. It’s part of a national crackdown campaign on drunk driving which is called “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.”, according […]

County could see deputy shortage

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County may soon have a shortage of sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s department Sgt. Richard Short told county commissioners on Tuesday the department is about to lose a couple of deputies to duties with the National Guard. He said one deputy has reported for duty and will be gone until […]

Two of three tax increases approved

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed two of the three proposed tax increments on Tuesday during the county commission meeting and they will be in place on Jan. 1. Commissioners passed two 1/8 tax increments, which will mean an additional .125 percent on gross receipt taxes beginning Jan. 1. For each tax, there would […]

Plant road could provide bigger slice of money

By Tony Parra If they build it, will new business come? Portales and Roosevelt County officials met Tuesday to discuss the potential economic impact that might follow if Roosevelt County builds a road leading to the new Southwest Cheese Plant near the Curry/Roosevelt County line. “We want to know what the impact is and we […]

Commissioners take next step for tax increase

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Commissioners held a special session on Tuesday to take another step for what commissioner Gene Creighton said, “None of the commissioners wanted to do”. Raise taxes. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to receive input from Roosevelt County residents on the adoption of two gross receipt tax increments and […]

Elida mayor looking to change fund usage

By Tony Parra Elida Mayor Gerald Lee addressed the county commissioners on a couple of issues — deferring money to fund dispatch services and a vehicle for the Roosevelt County Detention Center to use to transport inmates. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Elida officials are trying to figure out a way to make up […]

Commission plans second phase of tax implementation

By Tony Parra County commissioners made the second step towards the implementation of additional gross receipt taxes on Friday during the Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said the announcement was made of the intent to adopt the ordinance. There will be a special session for the members of the public to […]