Portales kicks off tax-free weekend

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers and merchants are doing something that Texans have been able to do for years. Signed into law this past legislative session by Governor Richardson, New Mexicans are getting their first taste of a tax free holiday in the state. […]

Chamber’s new manager aims for future

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent When Sharon King retired from Eastern New Mexico University in May, her original plan was to relax. Instead, she took over as Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce manager on June 1. The self-proclaimed scooter fanatic said she was going to travel and take time away from work when she first retired, […]

Fireworks fund in need of donations

By: Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is in the process of kicking off its annual Fourth of July fireworks fund-raising campaign according to Sharon King, chamber manager. “The goal that we have set for the chamber is $10,000 for this year’s celebration,” King said. The chamber has achieved $6,000 of […]

Verhines hopes to keep position with ENMRWA

By Tony Parra The $300 million Ute Water Project for eastern New Mexico communities may have a new project manager by May. Or the job could go to the current project manager. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members announced that Scott Verhines submitted his two-weeks notice to Louis Berger Group Inc. of Albuquerque in […]

Fire marshall named Clayton city manager

By Kevin Wilson Mike Running said that just a few minutes after he was hired as Clayton’s city manager Thursday night, he was asked for input on a fire department grievance and dangerous property within the city. It was a quick introduction to the position for Running, currently fire marshall at the Portales Fire Department, […]

Cooper joins Freedom as business manager

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational […]

Hardin one of four finalist for Curry County position

By David Irvin Curry County has narrowed its list of candidates for county manager to four. Candidates being considered to succeed Geneva Cooper when she retires in December are: • Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin; • Capt. Chris L. Pacheco of the national guard; • Curry County special projects coordinator and purchasing officer Twila Rutter-Wooley; […]

Portales native resigns from Curry County office

By Ryan Lengerich By Ryan Lengerich CNJ STAFF WRITER ryan_lengerich@link.freedom.com After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire […]

IGA could see changes

Tony Parra People expecting to buy their groceries from Hinton’s IGA this weekend instead found it was closed. The glass windows were decorated with signs which read, “Closed for remodeling. Look for our grand opening.” Other signs said to go to C.J.’s Pillbox for prescriptions and to take a list of prescription numbers or empty […]

Toy stores know what’s on kids’ wish lists

Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really popular […]