Fireworks ban lifted

Mike Linn Thanks to the barrage of recent rainfall, residents of Roosevelt County who like aerial fireworks and whistling bottle rockets will get their opportunity to ignite the popular fourth of July fireworks after all. In May the county banned the aerial eye-pleasers after Portales Fire Marshall Mike Running advised that dry weather and fireworks […]

County has raised $10,000 for fireworks show

By Mike Linn This year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at dusk on Friday at the practice field across from Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has raised nearly $10,000 for the show, according to executive director Pat Willis. Since the show takes place on […]

Public Record 6/29

Here are recent dispositions from Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Tony Alvarado, 23, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and must pay restitution to two businesses in the amount of $110 plus court costs. • Andy Pena, 24, guilty of driving on a suspended or revoked license and will serve seven days in the Roosevelt […]

J.R. Schlenker proudly accepts pioneer award

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Mike Linn J.R. “Chick” Schlenker said he knows Portales, its nooks and crannies, its strengths and weaknesses. “I’ve been everywhere in this town except jail,” Schlenker boasted Saturday. This knowledge and his community efforts helped the 94-year-old Schlenker win this year’s Pioneer of the Year award. He was awarded the title at the Memorial Building […]

Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists […]

Cooper loves to travel, watch basketball

This is the final in a series of profiles on Roosevelt County’s 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. Born on the fourth of July in 1915, Lucille Martin Cooper initially called home Celina, Texas. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents, Amye and Sam Martin, and two brothers to Clayton, N.M. She […]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

Pioneer Profile, June 25

Juanita Davis Putnam In the late 1930s, some Roosevelt County women stayed home cooking, sewing and canning. But Juanita Putnam didn’t, as she was fast becoming a career woman who in her prime worked for various government agencies. “My Aunt Juanita was ahead of her time,” Putnam’s niece, Sandi Bergman, said. “She was a career […]

American Yankees upset Roosevelt Diamondbacks in last at-bat

By Eric Butler With more changes of direction than a game of Twister, the American Yankees of Clovis finally won the Tri-County Tournament championship game with a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks. Trailing 14-12, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night, the Yankees made the most of their last […]

Diamondbacks stay alive in Tri-County

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament Thursday with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination tournament. Lucas […]

Retirement doesn’t slow down Blair

Born in October 1925 in Roosevelt County to F.M. and Zona Blair, Joe Blair, 78, has called Portales home most of his life. Blair’s father homesteaded land in Curry County in 1906. He and his mother moved to Portales in 1920. Blair attended school in Portales. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in […]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker […]

Commission accepts resolution opposing gender identity bill

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution on Tuesday opposing Senate Bill 28, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution also states that the commission is in support of a referendum to appeal the bill. The commission voted to accept the resolution by a 4-1 vote with commissioner […]

South County News June 18

Charlie Carmichael Educated hunters South County youth were part of the Roosevelt County Hunter Education Challenge Team 2003 (YHEC) that competed in the state competition in Raton recently. One area youngster finished third in an event and all represented the area well. Round about Linda Bittick, Mendi Thompson and I left early Friday to attend […]

Commissioner wants jail bills sent to state

Jack King A Curry County Commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s board […]

County to receive new voting machines

Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County officials said they will comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002; however, the county will not pay for the machines, nor will the current voting machines be completely phased out. The county must be in complete compliance of the act by 2006, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze […]

Storm sweeps through Portales

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By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm swept through Roosevelt and Curry counties Wednesday evening, sounding tornado sirens and leaving power outages, road closures and damage from hail and wind in its wake. However, no injuries were reported in the area. Power was restored throughout Portales about 11:15 p.m., after being out for more than two […]

Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year […]

Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: •Jacinto Gaxiola, 22, of Portales, to Mirna Trillo, 15, of Portales. •Michael David Van Wettering, 21, of Portales, to Stacy Delynn Stewart, 23, of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: •Reydesel Avita Calderon, 39, was convicted on […]

Business seminar to educate residents

Mike Linn A group of professionals will come to Portales this week to give a seminar on the basics of start-up businesses, from the planning aspects to the possible monetary rewards of such undertakings. Every month a handful of residents in Roosevelt County seek advice on how to start their own business, said Kim Huffman, […]