Roosevelt County farmer appointed to State Fair Commission

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Roosevelt County farmer Matthew Rush to the State Fair Commission. Rush is the executive vice president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, overseeing day-to-day operations of a 16,000-member farm and livestock organization. He also owns and operates Rush Cattle Company, a family business that specializes […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Weddings —

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Ward [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Mr. and Mrs. Tommy J. Miller of Logan announce the love and marriage between Mariah Jai Ciemny, daughter of Maretta J. Miller and Rick L. Ciemny, of Wellington, Kan., to Justin Dwayne Ward, son of Suzy R. Carpenter Young of Brownwood, Texas, and Marshall E. Ward of Merkel, Texas. The […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate death

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Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what she […]

Thursday morning briefing: Story hour, a food drive and a new baby

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hear a story Preschool Story Hour is 10 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Food for the holidays Roosevelt General Hospital is conducting a food drive through Tuesday. Boxes for donations are in the RGH nurse’s lounge and in the business office […]

Prisoner dies in Roosevelt County jail

A 22-year-old man in custody at Roosevelt County Detention Center died Tuesday afternoon following a suicide attempt, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. Darrell Lewis was flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock about 9:30 Monday night, Hardin said. Hardin said she would not provide any additional information until she receives an incident report from jail […]

My turn: Roosevelt County settlers’ legacy continues

Betty Williamson In 1908, a pioneer named John Gordon Greaves and his wife, Annie, arrived in south Roosevelt County in search of “health, land, hope and faith,” according to their son, Gordon Greaves, long-time editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Settling in a remote location six miles from the nearest windmill, they put down roots that […]

U.S. 70 reconstruction topic of discussion

Karl Terry U.S. 70 reconstruction in Portales will be the topic of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon. The luncheon is set for noon Tuesday in the Latte Lounge at Mark’s Restaurant. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. New Mexico Department of Transportation Technical Support Engineer Matt Grush is […]

Portales police deputy chief arrested (updated)

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Robin Fornoff Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry is accused of destroying traffic tickets issued to a woman and her boyfriend. The accusations are part of a 19-page affidavit filed Thursday in District Court after Berry was arrested and charged with three felony counts of tampering with public records. Berry, a 26-year career Portales officer, […]

Public record — Dec. 4

Alisa Boswell Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Thursday • Lionel Martine, born 1991, pleaded guilty to possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor. He was sentenced to 182 days supervised probation and fined $73. • Grant A. Welker, born 1964, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids […]

Club notes — Dec. 4

Roosevelt County Extension The Roosevelt County Council of the Extension Association of New Mexico met Nov. 7. A roll call showed a total of 10 members present from the Bethel Chapter, Causey Chapter, Pep and 9 to 5 chapters in attendance. There were no guests in attendance. Connie Moyer the home economist was also in […]

Four to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The heaviest band of snow in the approaching winter storm system will set up west of Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Jennifer Palucki of NWS said snow accumulation will not be as high in the southern portions of eastern New Mexico. Overall, […]

Sheriff’s office confiscates products at smoke shops

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this raid, as we incorrectly reported. They did raid a third Portales smoke shop in September and seize $10,000 cash but that was connected to a probation […]

Christmas contest under way

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Fundraising/voting is under way in the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest, which is sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. This year’s field of contestants includes 11 girls, from 4 to 10 years old, each with an individual sponsor. The girls compete for the title of Little Miss Merry Christmas by raising […]

Public record — Nov. 20

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Oct. 14 • Jimmy J. Galvan, born 1990, pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended/revoked license and not having evidence of insurance. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 334 days of probation and $592 in fines and fees. Oct. 25 • […]

Portales veteran recalls World War II

Judy Hall: Courtesy photo Portales World War II veteran Joe Blair recently qualified for the Southern Honor Flight, a program out of Las Cruces, which sends World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II memorial. Blair said the veterans boarded their bus in Las Cruces to a military honor guard. […]

My turn: Local flag folders part of moving ceremony

On this Veterans Day eve, I tip my hat to Roosevelt County’s own folders of the flags, the honor guard from American Legion Post 31. They offer what is arguably the most moving of American ceremonies, military honors at the funerals of men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services. […]

Nov. 6 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: Oct. 13 • Justin Shipley, born 1984, pleaded guilty to dogs/cats running at large. He was fined $173 in fines and fees. Oct. 14 • Dannon Wafer, born 1987, pleaded guilty to possession/paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 182 days of unsupervised probation and fined […]

New fire protection gear to be purchased for road department

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Road Department will soon be fighting fires in new personal protection gear. The Roosevelt County Commission recently approved funding to purchase 15 wildland suits at about $325 a piece. “These guys go out there and they’re very critical to helping with grass fires, and they’re not very well protected,” Roosevelt […]

Club notes —

Roosevelt General Hospital The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Executive Committee met Oct. 19. The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. following the gathering for members to receive free flu shots. President Sid Philips opened the meeting with the reading of the Auxiliary Prayer. Minutes were read by Secretary Adele Breech; treasurer’s report was […]