Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would […]

Commission considers charge for utility cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is proposing fees for road cuts to access utility lines, but utility service providers are concerned about the costs. County Road Supervisor Ricky Lovato on Tuesday presented commissioners with a proposal that the county require a permit and payment to cut into county roads or easements to […]

It’s Their Job: New manager keeps busy serving customers

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Name: Whitney Lovato What is your job? I am a server/manager at the Something Different Grill in Portales. What is your background?

It’s their job: County road supervisor enjoys challenge of job

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County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years. Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business. What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction […]

Garage sale to benefit youth

A garage sale to help the family of Kacee Lovato, who died in a car wreck earlier this year, start an organization to help youth is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at 1115 S. Abilene St. The non-profit organization, Focused and Full of Hope: The Kacee Lovato Foundation, will offer Eastern […]

Community combines to raise funds for Lovato family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The community of Portales is rallying to raise money for the family of a popular singer killed recently in a car wreck. One day of fundraising at the Sonic Drive-In netted $4,100 for the family of Kacee Lovato. Now a concert is being planned at 6:30 p.m. Monday at […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Local Briefs

Fund created for LovatosA fund for Kacee Lovato’s family has been set up at First Financial Federal Credit Union. Lovato died in a car crash Thursday.Donations: 356-5530, extension 1607, or 700 W. Second St. City Council has Thursday meetingThe first Portales City Council meeting in February is scheduled for an unusual day. The meeting is […]

Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Clovis couple bringing crucifix back to life

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Gene Lovato was flooded with a mix of emotions when he saw the crucifix lying inside the barn. Lovato came across the decaying life-sized statue of Jesus Christ nailed to a cross while looking at property in north Clovis. Fingers on the left hand of the dirt-caked statue were […]

Documentary to focus on hope

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Cancer survivor Kevin Gardels is working to turn his experience with cancer into one that will help others struggling with the disease. “It changes your outlook if you have some kind of hope and empathy,” Gardels said. Gardels, who is pursuing a masters degree in religion at Eastern New […]