Local landmarks reflect pride

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Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense of pride: The National Mule Memorial is a unique monument in the small Texas town of Muleshoe. The High Plains town was organized in 1926 and [...]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able [...]

9-15 Local Briefs

Udall aide to hold office hours A staff member of U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will hold constituent office hours in Portales next week. Peter Wells will be available to meet with area residents at Portales City Hall from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Anyone wishing to make an appointment may call 763-7616. Anyone [...]

Community pays tribute to late educator

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By Tony Parra Members from the community watched as city and county officials dedicated an aristocrat pear tree in memory of Russell Knudson on Tuesday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. The crowd gathered around the south part of the Roosevelt County Courthouse for the dedication of a tree, which is a cousin of [...]

Bomb threat called in to courthouse

By Tony Parra Law enforcement officials evacuated employees at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for an hour on Monday afternoon following a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Officers with the Portales Police Department evacuated the county courthouse from 12:40 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they received the [...]

Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom. It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured [...]

Attorney accepted to commission

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday voted to accept the attorney services of Randy Knudson, who along with partner Stephen Doerr also represents the city of Portales and Curry County. Knudson will receive $1,800 for up to 30 hours of work a month he will provide on the county’s behalf. The commission voted [...]