Firefighters contain grassfire

A grassfire burned about 1,000 acres three miles west of Floyd Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Floyd, Elida and Melrose fire departments responded with 12 units. According to Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen, the fire started when a trailer carrying hay caught fire. The fire was fully contained at 7:20 p.m. Deen said no structure […]

Club notes — May 8

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The April 20 Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary executive committee meeting was called to order by President Sid Phillips by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as read by Secretary Adele Breech. Peggy Jones, substitute treasurer presented the treasurer’s report. In keeping with the economy and […]

Former Dora coached charged for sexual misconduct

PNT Reports A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while Shaw […]

May 1 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: April 21 • JD Zepeda-Rosas, born in 1971, pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI and not maintaining lanes. Zepeda-Rosas was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and $612 in fines and fees. • Florencio Meza, born in 1983, pleaded guilty to […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson Approximately 71,000 acres burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties in a massive grass fire April 17 — more than four times initial estimates, making the fire the area’s largest in more than 30 years. Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said last week he drove the fire line to survey […]

Reader-submitted content: Residents warned of fraudulent ad sales

A company by the name of Communities Unlimited is making calls in Roosevelt County soliciting ads on a magnetic emergency numbers promotional piece. This company has not contacted the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce about their product and is not publishing on our behalf. Another company called Totes to Go, that is soliciting advertising on […]

April 24 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: April 5 • Brian Raulie, born in 1989, was found guilty by a jury of a first offense of DWI and to open container. Raulie was found not guilty of racing on the highway. Raulie was sentenced to one day in jail, 364 days […]

Extension office plans meeting on wildfire losses

Freedom New Mexico Agricultural producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties who experienced losses in the wildfire Sunday can get information at a meeting next week, according to a news release from the counties’ Cooperative Extension Service. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Extension Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County commisison

At the Roosevelt County commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Heard an informational presentation regarding land issues from Kendall Terry. Terry said a wheat field near his home on Roosevelt Road P off of U.S. 70 has been blowing dust and other matter onto the property of surrounding homes due to the […]

Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 atthe Roosevelt County Line.

April 10 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: March 8 • Joey Pena, no birth date available, pleaded no contest to minor in possession of alcohol. Pena’s sentence was deferred for 90 days with 30 hours of community service and $73 in fines and fees. • John W. Chavez, born in 1952, […]

Our people: Jackie Clark has helped organize the Roosevelt County fair for more than 20 years

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Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark helped organize the Roosevelt County Fair for more than 20 years. She began volunteering at the fair 1974. She said she enjoyed seeing 4-H and Future Farmers of America students work hard on their projects each year. “The county fairs were always enjoyable because you were able to see and […]

Roosevelt General Hospital turns loss into small profit

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital administrators attribute the hospital’s recent financial turnaround to growth and good business practices. RGH has turned around a $1.3 million operating loss in 2009 to a $1,234 positive operating margin in 2010, CEO Larry Leaming said. The operating margin is the difference between the hospital’s income and operational costs. “Basically, […]

Wind ranch in final negotiation phase

The Roosevelt Wind Ranch, to be built between Elida and Dora, is approaching the final stages for project negotiations. The vice-president of development for Terra-Gen Power, Bill Castor, told Roosevelt County commissioners at a special meeting Wednesday in the county courthouse that his company is in its final stages of planning with only a Power […]

Firefighters investigating cause of three grass fires in Roosevelt County

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PNT Reports Three grass fires burned about 2,500 acres of land along U.S. 70 at Midway in Roosevelt County Tuesday afternoon. The state forest service said the blazes ignited a fourth fire in Curry County that was quickly extinguished. Portales Battalion Chief Lance Hill said no one was injured and no structures burned, but telephone […]

On the grow: Clinic expanding hours, recruiting medical personnel

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Argen Duncan Leaders at the Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic are working toward increased hours. Earlier this year, the clinic expanded its hours to include five full days instead of four days and a half day on Friday. “The community definitely needs the clinic five days a week,” said hospital CEO Larry Leaming. Clinic Administrator […]

County commission to decide on road closure

Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Commissioners will be asked Tuesday to close a road. The reason for this road closure is cattle rustlers and quail poachers. But unlike cowboys from fictional westerns, Roosevelt County resident Leroy Redcliff’s battle with trouble makers has been very real. “The road is being closed down for the simple reason that […]

Portales man gets eight-year sentence for burglaries

A 26-year-old Portales man received an eight-year sentence Tuesday for burglarizing two businesses and damaging property at the Roosevelt County jail. Nasario Maldonado was arrested in November 2010 after he was identified by officers watching surveillance footage of a burglary to Robert’s TV and Appliance in Portales, according to a release from the district attorney’s […]