Skeleton crews expected during BRAC hearing

Freedom Newspapers Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, that we can’t let […]

Commission trying to trim projected deficit

By Tony Parra County commissioners narrowed the gap between the estimate revenue and expenditures from $1.4 million to $715,143 in an effort to balance the county budget for the fiscal year of 2005-06. Commissioners met on Tuesday for their second of three budget hearings. The first budget requests on April 19 showed an amount of […]

Legislation has hospital board guessing

By Kevin Wilson Proposed bills in the state Legislature could leave the Roosevelt General Hospital board with a few answers to burning questions, or create more questions themselves. Items that the state legislators are working on were part of the discussion at Thursday’s board meeting, including a pair of bills which may or may not […]

New rules could be inconvenience for some stores

By Tova Fruchtman New Mexico convenience store employees will not have to brave the graveyard shift alone any more. Starting today, convenience stores must have two employees working between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. or only allow customers access to clerks through safety features such as bulletproof glass under a new regulation passed by the […]

Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was […]

Welding business evolves to include family hobby

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Craig and Tina Hughes are the owners of Craig Hughes Trailer Sales Inc. located on the Cannon Air Force Base highway. They turned their hobby […]

RGH employees pick new health plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County General Hospital Board members decided to go in a new direction for a health care plan for employees during Thursday’s board meeting. Members decided in favor of changing to a risk management plan similar to the health care plan state policemen, school employees and employees for Roosevelt County have, according […]

La Casa aids county families

By Tony Parra La Casa De Buena Salud in Portales provided Roosevelt County families with over 40 meals for their Thanksgiving this year, according to La Casa De Buena Salud officials. La Casa de Buena Salud Health Center employees raised funds to provide dinner for needy families. Seferino Montano, chief executive officer at La Casa […]

Plant closes its doors

Freedom Newspapers A longtime frozen fruit manufacturing company in Clovis will close its doors at the end of the month. FrozFruit, with its 18 full-time and 15 part-time employees, will close its Clovis branch because the plant has aged too much, said Lesley Bartholomew, public relations manager for Wells’ Dairy. Wells’ Dairy, a national ice […]

Man found guilty of EBT theft

By Tony Parra =Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and Julia Tapia, […]

Cheese plant set to fill vacancies

By Mike Linn Victor Orlowski cut about 60 hours of road time a month off his schedule when he came to Clovis to work at the Southwest Cheese Plant. The plant’s engineer said he doesn’t miss the traffic and long trek involved with his former job at Dean Foods in Los Angeles, and is looking […]

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 […]

Shoppers will see changes at Super Save

Tony Parra The building once known as Safeway and more recently as IGA will now be known as Super Save. Tim Russell, who will be the manager of Super Save, said officials from Russell Inc. are trying to complete the purchase of the store from Troy Hinton. Super Save, located at the corner of West […]

Alcohol sting busts businesses for underage sales

Michelle Seeber Four out of five Portales business employees sold alcohol to minors during an undercover sting conducted over the weekend, resulting in citations for both the business owners and the employees who sold the liquor. The only business to pass the undercover sting was Wal-Mart, leaving employees and owners of Town & Country, IGA, […]

City car dealer faces harrassment lawsuit

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment […]

PISD sends termination letters to suspects

Tony Parra Termination letters were sent today to two employees of the Portales Income Support Division arrested in a scheme to embezzle money from the state agency. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales are accused of stealing at least $2,900 from fraudulent accounts. They were arrested Aug. 1 at an […]

State workers look to promote union

By Gary Mitchell A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system critics say […]