Inmate escape attempt thwarted

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CMI Staff An out-of-state fugitive in Roosevelt County Detention Center custody was caught trying to escape from Roosevelt County General Hospital Saturday afternoon, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center officials. Officials said Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington state was in the hospital due to a complaint of pains, when he attempted to flee the building […]

Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of town, were on […]

New facility boosts expo attendance

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The new Roosevelt County Events Arena played a major role in the success of this year’s Roosevelt County Ag Expo, according to expo officials. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce director Karl Terry said in previous years the two-day event had exhibitions divided between as many as seven buildings and areas. “It was like an Easter […]

Vendors exhibit products at Roosevelt County Ag Expo

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Christina Calloway Local farmers and vendors said they shared an overall enjoyable experience at this year’s annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. The two-day event ended Wednesday. For Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Randy Lieb, the expo presented a great opportunity for him to stay abreast of what new products are available as well as price […]

Roosevelt sheriff’s deputy unhurt in crash

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CMI staff A Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy was uninjured after the work vehicle she was driving was hit by a train Wednesday morning south of Portales, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker said deputy Amber Parker was crossing the tracks at Roosevelt Road U and U.S. 70 about 8:30 when a southbound train struck […]

State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

New arena highlight of Ag Expo

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Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

PNT ownership changes hands

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CMI Staff New owners Garry Ellis and Gary Stevenson say acquisition of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun marks the end of a 2 1/2-year search “for just the right (media) property.” The two are partners in Clovis Media Inc., which assumed ownership today of the three papers from Freedom Communications, […]

Feral swine running wild in eastern New Mexico

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Tonjia Rolan Prolific feral swine populations are ravaging eastern New Mexico range and farmland and creating an ecological nightmare, according to state and federal wildlife officials. An astonishing reproductive rate has seen hogs spread to 17 New Mexico counties in just seven years. Farmer and rancher Ted Rush of Quay County has hunted and killed […]

Business briefs — Feb. 9

Chamber holding ribbon cutting The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting Saturday for the grand opening of Laser Cosmetics’ new Portales location. The new location is at 117 S. Main on the square and the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony being […]

Meetings watch: County commission

Alisa Boswell The following items will be on the agenda for the Roosevelt County Commission meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse:

City league draws young hoopsters

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Christina Calloway Portales city league basketball keeps about 600 children from all over the county active and engaged with the community, despite the lack of gym space for league teams. Portales city sports Director Mike Door says they try to make the basketball league fundamental and skill-building for all participants that range from grades one […]

Chamber of Commerce honors members’ efforts in community

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Christina Calloway The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce honored their achievements of 2011, recognized valuable members for their work in the community and celebrated New Mexico’s Centennial Wednesday night at its annual banquet. The Portales High School Jazz Band played upbeat songs as the crowd of about 160 drew into Portales’ Yam Theater to embark […]

My turn: Hoping youthful ambition stays strong

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating […]

‘Behoove’ winning word at county spelling bee

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Christina Calloway “Behoove” was the word that ended it all, a word that when spelled correctly usually means virtually nothing for most people but for 10-year-old Abigail Cameron, it meant she was a champion. She had confidence all along that she would be champion and not because she’s been studying every day since Christmas break, […]

Spelling bee winners announced

PNT staff report Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the Roosevelt County Bee on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. in Buchanan Hall. The winner and runner-up for all schools participating in the bee this year are: • Dora Schools: Senior Division winner — Charlyn Simpson; Senior Division runner-up — Jaedin Paxton • Floyd […]

Pleadings expected today in Quay County slayings

By Scott SandlinAlbuquerque Journal, N.M.(MCT)Jan. 20—Casslyn Mae Welch and Tracy Allen Province are scheduled to enter guilty pleas today in connection with the Aug. 4, 2010, kidnapping and murder of a vacationing Oklahoma couple who had stopped at an Interstate 40 rest stop in Quay County.A change of plea hearing is scheduled in U.S. District […]

Meetings watch: County commission will consider endangered species listing

PNT staff Roosevelt County commissioners will attend a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Hotel Santa Fe Library to discuss the following items with other county officials: • Approval of resolutions listing the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered. • A resolution changing the habitat range affected by endangered […]

Clovis chamber honors residents

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Benna Sayyed The Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet on Friday brought some of the city’s movers and shakers together to celebrate the city’s accomplishments in 2011. The highlight of the evening was the 2011 chamber awards. The following individuals and businesses received awards from the chamber for their service to Clovis: […]

Police alerting businesses about counterfeit bills

Christina Calloway Roosevelt County law enforcement officials are alerting the public and local businesses of counterfeit money being passed at local businesses. According to Sgt. Kirk Wilson of the Portales Police Department, eight cases have been reported within the last seven days — which includes cases with the Roosevelt County Sheriff and the Eastern New […]