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 […]

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 […]

Horse races cause concern for area police

Mike Linn A family residing about five miles east of Portales has been hosting horse races twice a month, contending it wants to keep Mexican tradition alive and boredom at bay. But local law enforcement officials say tradition can only go as far as American law permits — and to that end Roosevelt County Sheriff […]

Sheriff expresses concern

Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett expressed several concerns at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, from a shortage in police escorts for females to computer problems to the use of $4,000 confiscated from an inmate who was selling marijuana in jail over the summer. Currently, inmate guardians escorting inmates to other facilities get paid […]

Obits 9-23

Melba McCamish, 68 Melba McCamish, 68, of Muleshoe, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on March 17, 1935, in Lingo. She married Frank McCamish on Aug. 22, 1953, in Portales. She was a 1953 graduate of Portales High School. She and her family moved to Muleshoe in […]

Getting dirty to get out early

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Mike Linn A new program allowing Roosevelt County inmates to work off jail time is also promoting shrewd spending of taxpayer dollars, county officials say. The voluntary program started on Monday and allows misdemeanor offenders to earn good time in jail for picking up trash, pulling weeds, trimming and mowing on county property. The hours […]

Obits July 2

Preston Gossett Mr. Preston Gossett, 88, of Portales, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas. He was born Sept. 17, 1914, in Spanish Fort, Texas, to Ida and Charlie P. Gossett. He moved to the Upton community west of Floyd in the mid-1930s. He married Ruth Russell on […]