Local schools score on low end under new grading system

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received only As for two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

County commissioners to attend Lea County Commission meeting

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County commissioners will be attending a meeting of the Lea County Commission 1 p.m. today at the Lea County Events Center regarding the endangered species listing of the sand dune lizard.

Sheriff finishes training with FBI Academy

By Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker was one of 266 law enforcement officers to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program last month. Hooker, who returned from training just before Christmas, said he is ready to put into action what he learned while at the academy in Quantico, Va. “The […]

Roosevelt County farmer appointed to State Fair Commission

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Roosevelt County farmer Matthew Rush to the State Fair Commission. Rush is the executive vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, overseeing day-to-day operations of a 16,000-member farm and livestock organization. He also owns and operates Rush Cattle Company, a family business that specializes […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Closings, important meetings and Pat Boone tops the charts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Holiday closings A reminder that most government offices and financial institutions are closed Monday for the New Year holiday. For a complete list, check this website. Meetings watch Two important meetings Tuesday: Roosevelt County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate death

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Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what she […]

Prisoner dies in Roosevelt County jail

A 22-year-old man in custody at Roosevelt County Detention Center died Tuesday afternoon following a suicide attempt, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. Darrell Lewis was flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock about 9:30 Monday night, Hardin said. Hardin said she would not provide any additional information until she receives an incident report from jail […]

Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

County programs to receive grant

Roosevelt County has been chosen to receive $5,335 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, according to the information from the Community Services Center. A local board will determine how the money will be distributed. Local agencies chosen to receive funds must: • Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government. • […]

County chair to serve in civic leader program

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Courtesy photo Caleb Chandler Cannon Connections Staff Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the […]

My turn: Roosevelt County settlers’ legacy continues

Betty Williamson In 1908, a pioneer named John Gordon Greaves and his wife, Annie, arrived in south Roosevelt County in search of “health, land, hope and faith,” according to their son, Gordon Greaves, long-time editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Settling in a remote location six miles from the nearest windmill, they put down roots that […]

Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Highway talk The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon. It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To RSVP contact […]

Curry County commissioner selected for civic leadership program

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I […]

Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Public record — Dec. 4

Alisa Boswell Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Thursday • Lionel Martine, born 1991, pleaded guilty to possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor. He was sentenced to 182 days supervised probation and fined $73. • Grant A. Welker, born 1964, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids […]

Club notes — Dec. 4

Roosevelt County Extension The Roosevelt County Council of the Extension Association of New Mexico met Nov. 7. A roll call showed a total of 10 members present from the Bethel Chapter, Causey Chapter, Pep and 9 to 5 chapters in attendance. There were no guests in attendance. Connie Moyer the home economist was also in […]

Sheriff’s office confiscates products at smoke shops

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this raid, as we incorrectly reported. They did raid a third Portales smoke shop in September and seize $10,000 cash but that was connected to a probation […]