County proactive on losses

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners took action Tuesday they hope will lead to loss prevention related to insurance claims by employees, which the county manager says are climbing at an alarming rate. Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority gave commissioners a presentation on a relatively new program aimed […]

Events Calendar March 18, 2008

TodayRoosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m., commissioners roomRoosevelt General Hospital board meeting — 11:30 a.m., hospital cafeteria community roomPortales City Council meeting — 7 p.m., council chambersNWS storm spotter training — 1:30-4 p.m. assembly room Clovis City Hall and 6-8:30 p.m. Memorial Building in Portales.Tony Campolo lecture — 7 p.m. ENMU Theater ThursdayWomen’s History […]

Commissioners ready to study inmate work-release

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners decided during Tuesday’s meeting that they are willing to consider re-instituting a prisoner work-release program at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County Attorney Randy Knudson brought the item to the agenda, saying he had been asked by employers about the possibility of having prisoners released to […]

Events Calendar March 4

Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners — 9 a.m., Commissioners room, courthouse Portales City Council — 7 p.m. Portales City Hall Blood Drive — 1-5 p.m. ENMU Campus Union Building Wednesday Blood Drive — 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday High Plains Film Festival meeting — 1:30 p.m., Zia Room at ENMU Campus […]

Local Events Calendar

Wednesday N.M. Ag Expo — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Thursday Habitat Town Meeting — 7 p.m. Memorial Building, 359-1344 Friday Altrusa Spaghetti Dinner — 4:30-7:30 p.m., PHS Cafeteria Saturday Pray for Earth — 1-4 p.m. Rotary Park, Portales Tuesday Roosevelt County Commissioners — 9 a.m., Commissioners room, courthouse Portales City Council […]

Lobbyist says county road funds in limbo

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners heard a report Tuesday from local lobbyist Michael Miller on the 2008 Legislative Session during its regular meeting. Miller told commissioners that nearly a half million dollars in road money for Roosevelt County in a capital outlay bill that was vetoed last week by the governor […]

County enacts local fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

Commissioners use new ordinance to enact fire ban

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor After discussion Tuesday threatened to revisit Roosevelt County’s fire ban ordinance, county commissioners instead put a ban in place utilizing the provisions within the ordinance adopted last year. Commissioner Gene Creighton said he had concerns that the ordinance wording still wasn’t adequate. He felt that verbage providing for local […]

County commissioners approve fund increase

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners gave approval for a 4 percent increase in its matching funds for the Sole Community Provider/Indigent Funds program to Roosevelt General Hospital officials at their regular meeting Tuesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino and RGH Business Office Manager John Murray told commissioners the increase was based on […]

Commissioners hold Adobe Estates hearing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Residents aired drainage and traffic concerns about a proposed subdivision east of Portales at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Commissioners convened a public hearing on the 58-lot Adobe Estates subdivision proposed by Alva Carter to be located one mile east of Portales city limits. Engineer Chad Lydick explained the […]

Petitioners ask commissioners to consider road proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A petition to open a county road from N.M. 202 to County Line Road was presented Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners. The petition seeks to have the county take over maintenance of the private road, which runs approximately three miles through the sandhills from N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road) to […]

Hardin’s contract renewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Following a lengthy executive session, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted unanimously to renew County Manager Charlene Hardin’s contract for four years. “We’re all extremely satisfied with the county manager and pleased with the work she’s done,” said long-time commissioner David Sanders. As a part of the contract, Hardin’s salary will […]

Mayor: City Commission supports Thomas

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners took no action Thursday following an executive session called to discuss the status of City Manager Joe Thomas. Mayor David Lansford did issue a written statement, which he said expressed the Commission’s full support for Thomas. “We are confident with (Thomas’) leadership and consider the circumstances […]

Lobbyist: Health care hot topic for 2008

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A lobbyist for the Roosevelt County Commissioners believes health care will be at the forefront of next year’s 30-day legislative session. Mike Miller of Portales told commissioners Tuesday indigent funds and health care reform are possibly the biggest things to watch out for in 2008, but he is doubtful […]

Commission refuses to bend contest rules

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly became the focus of the Roosevelt County fair queen’s contest during its regular meeting Tuesday. Portales resident Charles Bennett, representing the contest organizers, asked commissioners to sidestep the contest rules so that the county will be represented at the state competition. Last year’s fair queen, […]

Health Department requests support

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Health were in town Tuesday to ask the Roosevelt County commissioners for their support in any future expansion of space and services for the Portales Public Health Department, according to Region 4 director Linda Monk. “We’re here for informational purposes only,” Monk said […]

Rental rates to rise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A lenient fairgrounds facility rental policy has come to an end after county officials reported an increase in damage and problems. County commissioners agreed to a $500 deposit in addition to hourly rental fees ranging from $3 to $12 depending on the building and purpose for usage. Youth organizations […]

Officials want more space

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners discussed office space issues at the Department of Public Health and the county administrator’s office during their regular meeting Tuesday. Public Health Nurse Carol Morgan gave commissioners an update of her office’s activities and said high on her priority list is additional room in the office. The office is […]

Commissioners adopt salary survey results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday adopting the results of a salary survey that lays out guidelines for new pay scales across every department in the county. Commissioners passed a resolution earlier this spring adopting a pay scale, but rescinded it after learning chief deputy positions were […]

County wants to increase efforts in RCCD

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners agreed with Roosevelt County Community Development leadership that striking while the iron is hot is a good economic development strategy. Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the county’s membership in the RCCD to two positions at $15,000 per seat as the group reorganized and hired a recruiter. […]