Rain creates obstacles for some in Portales

By Tony Parra The rain has hit the eastern side of New Mexico and brought about healthy rain amounts to an area which has suffered the last few years due to lack of rain. The rain has made farmers, yardsmen and university groundskeepers happy, but it has given construction and street workers another obstacle. The […]

Power outages cause little trouble

By Kevin Wilson Several were inconvenienced Wednesday afternoon, but no accidents or injuries resulted from a series of small power outages in the Portales city limits. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

Council bringing new equipment for courts, other departments

By Tony Parra City councilors approved the ratification of agreements for the installation of equipment for video arraignment at the Municipal court on Tuesday at the city council meeting. The first agreement is with Qwest providing video arraignment equipment. The city of Portales and the Administrative Office of the Courts agreed that the cost will […]

Checkpoints coming this month

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short updated the Roosevelt County commissioners about cracking down on drunk drivers in the late part of August and into September in Tuesday’s county commission meeting. It’s part of a national crackdown campaign on drunk driving which is called “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.”, according […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence

By Kevin Wilson A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood found in a […]

Fire officials set for investigation at China Star

By Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan to do further investigation until Wednesday pending arrival of investigators from the restaurant’s insurance company. Ray Westerman, assistant chief of the Clovis Fire Department, said it’s common practice for fire department […]

July 7 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays: Toni Whitecotton. Anniversaries: Clifton and Betty Gossett (50 years), Upcoming events • Lion‘s Club will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Community Building. • School Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the school. • City Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. From the village […]

County unemployment rates drop

By Mike Linn The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her job on Tuesday — searched the labor department’s online database for work. “This place has been helpful,” she said. She was the only one there looking […]

Elida mayor looking to change fund usage

By Tony Parra Elida Mayor Gerald Lee addressed the county commissioners on a couple of issues — deferring money to fund dispatch services and a vehicle for the Roosevelt County Detention Center to use to transport inmates. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Elida officials are trying to figure out a way to make up […]

Portales Fire Department receives grant money

PNT Staff In the wake of several fires blazing across New Mexico, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici last week commended the Portales fire department for successfully completing another round of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding that will finance the purchase of two pieces of training equipment. Domenici, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations […]

Martin has list to take care of

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on the candidates for the upcoming Roosevelt County Commission District 2 election. George Martin has a list of things he wants to fix in Roosevelt County. Now he just needs to get on the county commission to start crossing some […]

State reports 11 percent rise in child abuse

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of 2,708 from the year before. The number of cases […]

City enters agreement with Elida

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the Portales city councilors approved a joint powers agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting between the city of Portales and the town of Elida to provide dispatch services to Elida. The agreement is for two years and the Elida officials will pay the city of Portales, $5,000 a […]

Past deputies take issue with Gossett

Kevin Wilson Two former deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office agree that budget shortfalls are a problem within the department. However, they say that’s not why they left, taking issue with statements made last week by Sheriff Tom Gossett. Gossett said last week his department is underfunded and was a key reason why deputies […]

Sheriff upset over funding discrepancies

Kevin Wilson For the second time in two years, Tom Gossett is doing some campaigning. Gossett, who won the 2002 sheriff’s race on a platform of proactive law enforcement, is now taking time to react to what he feels is inadequate funding to protect Roosevelt County. “It’s something like building a house or doing anything […]

County officials plan budget, hear requests

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission officials went through a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon during a special session, to review each department’s request and the Sheriff’s Department and the Detention Center stressed their need for some of the highest budget increases. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Tuesday’s special session was the first of three […]

Gunshot to head kills Clovis man

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Clovis resident, said Lt. Jimmy Glascock, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. Jacob Roberts, 18, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center in the shooting death of Justin […]

Public Record March 21

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Steve A. Woods, 25, and Adriana Munoz, 22, both of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: Adam Castillo, 21, found guilty of probation violation and his probation will be revoked and he will serve the […]

City council talks water wells, computers

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members discussed the goals for water wells and a Wide Area Network for computers in all of the city’s department in Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ortega said some of the goals he and Tom Howell, the city’s public works director, talked about was to have 10 to […]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

Darrell Maurina Area law enforcement agencies received free gun locks on Tuesday from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Local residents can pick up the safety locks at the Portales Police Department or the Roosevelt County Sherrif’s Office. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said he has about 800 safety locks that will fit almost any gun. […]