National health week aims for awareness

Tony Parra Roosevelt County public health experts are trying to get the word out on health awareness during National Health Week. Mayor Orlando Ortega has proclaimed that the county recognizes this week as National Health Week. The proclamation defines the week as providing the opportunity for public and public health professionals to acknowledge successes in […]

Curry County officials release salary info to newspaper

Jack King Curry County officials on Friday supplied employee salary and benefits information as requested by the Clovis News Journal — but the paper’s officials said Monday their dispute is not over. The newspaper last week sued the county for release of the salary information, contending it is public record. County Attorney Stephen Doerr twice […]

CNJ sues county over pay records

Jack King Curry County’s attorney is using an inaccurate interpretation of the New Mexico Public Records Act to justify withholding county pay records, an attorney for the Clovis News Journal said on Monday. The paper filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, asking the court to order the county to […]

Group formed to promote, tout pipeline project

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. To help explain, educate and promote the project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]

Portales woman lassos state queen title.

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Mike Linn Since Silver Paiz was a young girl she dreamed of becoming the New Mexico State Fair Queen. Little did she know then she would be the first from Roosevelt County. Paiz, 19, won overall honors in the state pageant Saturday in Albuquerque, edging 14 other county queens. She also placed first in the […]

County scores well on health assessment

By Mike Linn State health officials believe services provided by Eastern New Mexico University and collaboration between local organizations are a few reasons why Roosevelt County’s latest public health assessment compares favorably against many counties in the state. While figures for the entire state are not yet complete, Roosevelt County scored well in District 4 […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

Two Portales schools placed on probationary status

By Mike Linn Two Portales public schools have been placed on probationary status by the New Mexico State Department of Education — while the remaining six met the state’s accountability standards. The NMSDA placed probationary status labels on both Broad Horizons and Valencia Elementary, which fell from meeting standards last year. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim […]

Public record, July 29

Recent dispositions from Roosevelt County district court: Keith Hutchins, 22, found guilty of aggravated battery on a household member and commercial burglary. He will serve five years of supervised probation. Jessica Aguilar, 23, found guilty of violation of probation. Her probation discharge is suspended and she will serve an additional 18 months of supervised probation. […]