Commissioners ready to study inmate work-release

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners decided during Tuesday’s meeting that they are willing to consider re-instituting a prisoner work-release program at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County Attorney Randy Knudson brought the item to the agenda, saying he had been asked by employers about the possibility of having prisoners released to […]

Prosecution rests

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford. The defense expects to do the same thing quickly next week. After a motion to dismiss charges against his client due to lack of evidence was denied, defense attorney Gary Mitchell told Judge […]

Inmates help Elida prepare for centennial

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Selected inmates at the Roosevelt County Detention Center have the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in the work detail program. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker, inmates are being utilized to perform work details around the county, including the city of Portales. On Friday, […]

Commissioners tour jail facility

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a brief regular meeting Thursday, Roosevelt County Commissioners got a tour of the addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had lunch at the facility. Commissioners approved construction in the spring to alleviate overcrowding. According to RCDC Administrator Jesse Luera, construction progress on the $3.3 million facility […]

Roosevelt Detention Center inmate population still near capacity

By William Thompson The adult inmate population at Roosevelt County Detention Center stood at 80 yesterday, just two short of capacity. The center’s administrator, Jesse Luera, said he expects county commissioners will adopt an ordinance on March 7 to issue a gross receipts tax revenue bond for an addition to the detention center to relieve […]

Rugged Clovis fends off Lady Rams’ feisty effort

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By Dave Wagner On paper, it looked like it might be a blowout. Never underestimate the importance of emotion in a rivalry. The Clovis Lady Wildcats took control in the second quarter, then used their deep, balanced squad to fight off Portales down the stretch for a 58-47 victory over the Lady Rams Friday night […]

County could see deputy shortage

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County may soon have a shortage of sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s department Sgt. Richard Short told county commissioners on Tuesday the department is about to lose a couple of deputies to duties with the National Guard. He said one deputy has reported for duty and will be gone until […]

Judge refuses Moshier’s release request

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker denied Brian Moshier’s request for release from incarceration to house arrest on Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Moshier’s attorney, Gary Mitchell, presented a motion to amend conditions of Moshier’s release because of Moshier’s medical conditions. Mitchell said his client is suffering from lung problems, due […]

County officials looking into portable jails

Tony Parra The reality of a portable detention facility will be researched from May 11-13 by Roosevelt County Commission officials and Roosevelt County Detention Administrator Jesse Luera when they tour a facility in use. The Roosevelt County commissioners originally scheduled to fly to New Orleans to research the facilities in late April, but Roosevelt County […]

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 […]

Commission wants poles moved

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By Mike Linn Three utility poles in the middle of a quiet, heat-baked dirt road a few miles south of Portales create what county officials say is a dangerous maze for automobile traffic. So at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting county, officials said they want Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative to move the poles out of […]

Clovis gets revenge on Portales in title game

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By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ‘Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]