Resident fired up over burn ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners tabled a proposed burn ordinance Tuesday following a public hearing in which one resident did a slow burn over the proposed law. The ordinance called for a year-round burn ban that can be lifted by resolution when conditions warrant. Roosevelt County resident Hal Jilek views the […]

Waste Water ordinance ok’d by city

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Councilors adopted an ordinance Tuesday dealing with industrial wastewater that gives the city the authority to notify users when they are out of compliance and assess a fine or even shut off those businesses that don’t bring their discharges in line. City officials say the ordinance was […]

Laws that hurt the needy are wrong

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

Sewer smell is back in Portales this summer

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A strong sewer smell is once again wafting across the city of Portales from the south this summer. Mayor Orlando Ortega said residents are letting city officials know they’re not happy with the odors emanating from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. “Here in the past few weeks I’ve been […]

Local officials keeping a wary eye on water situation

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By William P. Thompson Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water is not […]

New meth law

Editorial City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives but, in the end, provides no more […]

New meth law nothing more than politics

Freedom Newspapers City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives, but, in the end, provides no […]

City representatives thank community for its generosity

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer City representatives commended Portales citizens for their generosity when called upon to help Hurricane Katrina victims and to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association. Capt. Chuck Haman, emergency management director of the Portales Fire Department, said at one point it looked like Portales would receive 100 evacuees. “As a […]

Commission passes meth ordinance

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Commission approved a county ordinance Tuesday that would restrict the sale of cold medicine that included an ingredient used to make methamphetamine. The ordinance passed by a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Dennis Lopez was not in attendance. The restrictions are for non-gel tablets and include: • Moving all […]

Power plant agrees to pay funds over 20 years

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer County commissioners and Padoma wind-farm officials have come to terms on an agreement which will generate more than a $2.717 million in revenue for the county over the next 20 years, according to county attorney Randy Knudson. The San Juan Mesa Wind Project plant with 120 wind turbines will […]

City council moving closer to ordinance

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council inched closer Tuesday to passing an ordinance that would place restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines believed to be used in methamphetamine production. The council unanimously approved a motion to put the ordinance to vote. First the council must conduct a public […]

Entities take further steps regarding meth

By Tony Parra Local government entities are trying to stop of the stream of meth drugs in Roosevelt County and this week the federal government made its move to stop the stream of meth drugs from Mexico. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said approximately 80 to 85 percent of meth drugs are imported to […]

Changes made for proposed meth ordinance

By Marlena Hartz A task force comprised of city officials and commissioners has revised some provisions of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s new methamphetamine ordinance. A majority of Clovis’ city commissioners voted July 7 to introduce the ordinance that would require pseudeophedrine-based drugs be kept behind the counter at local stores and pharmacies, with the […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Commissioners favor ordinance

By Tony Parra A Roosevelt County ordinance placing stricter restrictions on the sale of certain decongestants used in the production of methamphetamines could be in place as soon as late August. Roosevelt County commissioners unanimously passed a notice of intent for an ordinance restricting the sale of drugs containing pseudoephedrine during Tuesday’s county meeting. The […]

Suggested meth ordinance has critics

By David Irvin Phyllis Roberts is worried she might be pegged as a meth producer. Some of the signs are there: She buys cold medicine in bulk quantities and lives on a reclusive ranch six miles outside Elida. What else could she be doing out there? Well, sneezing and sniffling a lot, the city of […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

Commissioners to vote on gross receipts tax increase

By Kent Graves: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners will vote June 21 on an ordinance that, if approved, will increase the county gross receipts tax and raise county revenues by an estimated $115,000 a year. A public hearing was held on Ordinance 05-03 yesterday in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

County commission passes same-sex marriage license ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday prohibiting the issuance of gay-marriage licenses. County Clerk Joyce Fraze and commissioners said they felt a resolution was needed after Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid, in late February. […]