Commission discusses, stops short of action, on dairy zoning

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly discussed zoning that could allow for control of where dairies and other businesses locate to mitigate nuisances such as odor and insects. They quickly backed away from the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday. The issue has come to light recently with the aid of […]

Dairy owners ask county to take road

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Owners of a Roosevelt County dairy destroyed by a tornado March 23 appealed to Roosevelt County commissioners to take over maintenance of and improve the road that serves the dairy because of safety concerns. Mike and Cindy Mitchell, managing partners of Grande Vida dairy, told commissioners that with the […]

Burn ban squeaks past county commissioners

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners narrowly passed a year-round burn ban Tuesday that can be lifted during favorable conditions. The ordinance passed by a 3-2 vote during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. Some concerns were raised during the public hearing portion of the meeting as to the effectiveness […]

Fire ban sparks heated debate

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Concerns about a proposed year-round fire ban have apparently been spreading like wildfire since Roosevelt County Commissioners tabled the measure two weeks ago. The ordinance was tabled again Tuesday after rural residents and local fire departments representatives grilled commissioners on the proposal during a public hearing that drew such […]

Resident fired up over burn ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners tabled a proposed burn ordinance Tuesday following a public hearing in which one resident did a slow burn over the proposed law. The ordinance called for a year-round burn ban that can be lifted by resolution when conditions warrant. Roosevelt County resident Hal Jilek views the […]

Officials reorganize office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Reorganization was the task of the day at the regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The board accomplished it quickly, approving budget changes in the sheriff’s office and electing Paul Grider as chairman. The commission passed without discussion a resolution adjusting the budget for the sheriff’s office by […]

Commissioners tour jail facility

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a brief regular meeting Thursday, Roosevelt County Commissioners got a tour of the addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had lunch at the facility. Commissioners approved construction in the spring to alleviate overcrowding. According to RCDC Administrator Jesse Luera, construction progress on the $3.3 million facility […]

County commission meets

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the town of Elida Tuesday that will facilitate application for a state Community Block Development Grant that would provide the town with water system improvements. The county approved the agreement on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Tom Clark voting against the measure. Clark, […]

Citizens post ethanol opposition

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom.Newspapers Players in the proposed Clovis ethanol deal assembled Friday to discuss issues related to the plant during a Curry County Commission meeting. Representatives from the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. and Clovis Ethanol LLC spoke in support of the plant. Several private citizens and Curry County Commissioner Ed […]

Q&A with Billy Cathey

Editor’s note: The following is a profile and Q&A with Billy Cathey, Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Commision. He faces Democratic candidate Charles D. Bennett in the November General Election for the seat currently held by Tom Clark. A profile on Bennett will appear in a coming issue of the PNT. Name: Billy B. Cathey […]

County commission assembles project list

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners pulled together their list of capital project priorities to be submitted to the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature at Tuesday’s board meeting. Roads were the top priority, as they have been in years past, and at County Administrator Charlene Hardin’s request, commissioners said they would work […]

County road dispute finds new life

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A county road dispute one party says was settled years ago in district court found new life at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting. In an agenda item brought by Commissioner Tom Clark, discussion was opened on the status of a one-mile section of Roosevelt Road T between Roosevelt Roads […]

County lifts fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With little discussion, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to lift the county fire ban in place by proclamation since January. County Administrator Charlene Hardin recommended commissioners lift the fire ban because it had become hard to enforce since statewide bans, which the county proclamation referenced, had been lifted. […]

County returns to full fire ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer After hearing concerns from local area fire department chiefs at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners special meeting, commissioners voted to return back to January’s proclamation of a complete fire ban for the county. The motion was passed 4-1. County Administrator Charlene Hardin said after the stand-by amendment was […]

Commissioners extend fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to err on the side of caution where the fire ban is concerned as they voted to leave in place the ban that was passed by proclamation in January. “We’re in no better situation than when we enacted the ban,” Commissioner Tom Clark said in […]

County commissioners balk on road access dispute

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners fielded a complaint concerning access along Roosevelt Road T from landowner Charles May at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The discussion ended in a failed split vote on a motion to officially notify adjacent property owner David Stone to remove obstructions from the county roadway. The item came […]

County’s elected officials to receive 15 percent raise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After three tries, Roosevelt County commissioners finally passed a 15-percent pay raise for elected county officials Thursday and approved their $8.7 million interim 2006-07 budget. Commissioners convened briefly in a budget public hearing, in which no one spoke out, before taking up the interim budget. On Monday commissioners heard […]

County commissioners ponder pay increases, budget

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners favor a 5-percent pay increase for most county employees as part of the 2006-2007 budget. Salaries for elected officials are still up for debate. “The bottom line actually looks better this year than it has in the last four years,” County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. “Gross […]

Jail bonds hit snag

By William Thompson County commissioners tabled a vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would allow for the issue of a 20-year gross receipts tax revenue bond for a projected $3.3 million addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners will meet again today at 4 p.m. to vote on the bond. The bond was […]

Commissioners approve bid for detention center expansion

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners made major steps towards the start of a multi-million dollar construction project which would almost double the capacity of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners during Tuesday’s county meeting awarded the construction bid to Wilson and Wilson Construction of Clovis for the addition to the RCDC. Wilson’s […]