Wednesday morning briefing: Shrimp on the boil and racing wiener dogs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Shrimp on the boil The Eastern New Mexico University Portales Alumni Chapter and the ENMU Alumni Affairs Office is hosting their annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser to benefit ENMU scholarships Aug. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Yam Theatre in downtown Portales. Entertainment will [...]

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings [...]

Clovis hosting redistricting meeting

Kevin Wilson If there is any consensus to be found with redistricting coming up this fall, it’s uncertainty. Among representatives and analysts, there’s nothing guaranteed regarding how the Legislature does its decennial organization of its 70 House seats and 42 Senate seats, along with congressional districts and districts for city councils and commissions and school [...]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy [...]

County assessor resigns; Carrasco appointed

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of [...]

Residents to apply for water grant

The scope of water issues in south Clovis is more far reaching than Curry County officials anticipated based on a meeting held to identify problems. Tuesday night, the county held a meeting at Lockwood Elementary School to talk with residents and get a feel for how many people are experiencing water shortages. Residents south of [...]

Club notes — June 26

Daughters of the American Revolution The monthly meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the home of Vicky Stratton in Portales on June 10. Chapter Regent Pam Wallace called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. and conducted the opening rituals and the business portion of the meeting. Proclamations from Clovis [...]

New chamber promotions coordinator looks forward to meeting people

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Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce promotions coordinator and Portales MainStreet director says she loves meeting people and hopes to give others fond memories like those she has of community events. Sandy Van Der Veen started work June 1. “So far it’s been really fun,” she said. Although she works at the [...]

Commissioners oppose licenses, ID’s for illegals

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at Roosevelt County Courthouse, commissioners: • Approved a resolution supporting the discontinuation of issuing driver licenses and identification cards to illegal immigrants. Commissioner Jake Lopez voted against the resolution, while Commissioners Kendall Buzard, David Sanders and Bill Cathey voted for it. Commissioner Scott Burton was absent. Lopez [...]

Committee to hear presentation on equine virus

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on [...]