Court rules in favor of dealership

By Tony Parra A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a Portales auto dealership and its owner in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Portales resident Marla Segovia and three other women. Alva Carter, owner of Big Valley Auto, was named […]

6/19 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Judicial Court: l Ivey L. Lesley, 45, was found guilty of violating conditions of probation and is ordered to serve 2 years imprisonment with no parole. l Isiah Kazeem Waiters, 25, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, driving […]

6/12 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: l Steven Cooper, 51, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI and is ordered to serve 364 days with 274 days suspended, pay $965 i nfines and serve one year of supervised probation. l Adrian Munoz, 22, pleaded guilty to public affray and is ordered to […]

6/5 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Judicial Court: • Pedro Chavez, 56, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, driving while license revoked and is ordered to serve 30 days incarceration followed by 364 days supervised probation, place an ignition lock on any vehicles driven […]

Tucumcari wants lower burden for pipeline project

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Now that Tucumcari has reduced its projected water needs by two-thirds, it wants to see its costs related to the Ute Pipeline Project reduced accordingly. Tucumcari currently is scheduled to pay one-fourth of the costs of a proposed project that would pipe water from the Ute Reservoir near […]

4/17 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Margarita Lucero, 55, pled no contest to criminal trespass and was ordered to serve 364 days of unsupervised probation. • Nathan Wood, 18, pled no contest to possession of marijuana less than one ounce (1st offense) and was ordered to pay fines. • […]

Nursing home residents caught in middle of bed tax battle

By Mike Linn A battle between state and federal governments over a bed tax is putting nursing home residents in the middle. At stake is a nearly $9 a day tax on all occupied nursing home beds in the state. The tax was instituted in 2004 in hopes of drawing extra Medicaid funding. But the […]

Deputy shortage causes sheriff’s department to close some nights

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said because of a depleted staff there have been nights recently in which there have not been any deputies on patrol. Gossett blames low salaries for the deputy shortage and the inability to hire replacements. He said he has five deputies currently on staff now and another […]

Hospital to introduce discount plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said he was excited about the idea of discount program for uninsured or underinsured patients and on Nov. 1 it will be available to RGH patients. The new discount program will offer bigger discounts and expand the financial guidelines to help more patients. D’Agostino he program […]

Deputies receive pay increase

By Tony Parra Despite a budget crunch, Roosevelt County Commissioners relented on Tuesday and agreed to a hourly pay increase of $2 for certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies. The starting pay of $10.82 for deputies will increase to $12.82, effective as of the start of the next pay period on Oct. 12. Non-certified deputy […]