Portales chooses new city manager

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com The verdict is in and the city of Portales will usher in a new city manager when Debi Lee of Hobbs takes over the position in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” D.K. Shafer, city council member, said. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got […]

Oasisi State Park ranger bids farwell

PNT Staff There is a position open for an Oasis State Park ranger, after Brad Nance recently stepped down from the job to pursue another passion, being a paramedic with the Clovis Fire Department. “I was doing it before and it was something I loved doing,” Nance said. “I wanted to go back to helping […]

Officials narrow finalist list for city manager

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com A former Eastern New Mexico University student and New Mexico-native. A dentist turned politician who loves challenges. And a former city manager with 15 years experience. One will be Portales’ next city manager. Debi Lee of Hobbs, Richard Elliott of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Michael Steele […]

Red Cross worker to direct N.M. shelter

Gary Mitchell A former American Red Cross worker whose travels have taken her to war-torn regions around the world, has been named the new executive director for eastern New Mexico’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. Catharine Johnson, currently the executive director of the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Committee, was offered the $40,000 position on Thursday […]

Parker sworn in as district court judge

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Tony Parra The 9th Judicial District Court is now complete after Joe Parker was sworn in by district judge Stephen Quinn on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. “He’s going to hit the ground running,” Quinn said about Parker’s new position. “He’s going to start (this) morning. We’ve been extremely busy (with […]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New […]

New female deputy first in 100 years

Tony Parra A female deputy sheriff is on patrol for the first time in 100 years at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, according to department executive secretary Bekki Hall. Natalie Broglie earned the deputy position on Sept. 17. She is currently training for the position, and will be a full-fledge deputy after two weeks of […]

City looking for new city manager

Mike Linn City officials have already begun the process of searching for a new city manager, of whom they hope to have hired within 30 to 60 days. The beginning stages of the search comes less than 24 hours after the Portales city council fired former city manager Gerald Depo, leaving Public Works Director Tom […]

Student learns while she works

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Kevin Wilson Summer is no vacation for Tracy Henderson. From 8 a.m. to late evening every weekday, Henderson is doing something that involves Eastern New Mexico University. She starts her day at Services for Students with Disabilities, spends afternoons on her internship at the office of Communication Services and ends the night working at home […]