Portales firefighters hone skills at Hazmat competition

Argen Duncan Four Portales firefighters donned protective suits and ran through scenarios involving leaking tanker trucks, missing radioactive sources and confined spaces last week. The team took fourth place overall and in the technical category at the 14th annual Hazmat Challenge July 27-30 at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Twelve teams from New Mexico, Texas and [...]

Back to drawing board for downtown parking

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to re-install 230 linear feet of parking on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. Commissioners approved the change on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Gene Creighton cast the dissenting vote. Creighton said he believed 80 percent of county citizens are against [...]

Commission returns to parking issue

Freedom New Mexico The sometimes contentious issue of courthouse parking is set for another discussion Tuesday by Roosevelt County Commission. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse. The parking lot was recently remodeled, but not all landscaping has been completed. Some business owners have asked for the Second Street side of the lot [...]

Commissioners back off parking issue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted 3-2 today to delay any decisions about Courthouse parking until a stoplight is installed at Main and Second streets. Commissioners Gene Creighton, David Sanders and Paul Grider voted for the motion to delay. Commissioners Jake Lopez and Bill Cathey voted against the it. Recent [...]

County will look into adding extra downtown parking spaces

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has voted to investigate the cost of reinstalling 10 parking spaces on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. At its meeting Tuesday in the courthouse, Commissioners Paul Grider, Bill Cathey and Jake Lopez voted to check into the cost. Commissioners Gene [...]

Commissioners to discuss downtown parking

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt county commissioners are set to discuss the issue of parking spaces during a regular meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse. Several business owners have complained about the recently completed county courthouse remodel shifting parking spots along the Second Street side of parking lot to other [...]

Business owners want parking space back

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has decided to look into options for changing parking on Second Street at the County Courthouse in response to complaints from business owners across the street. Tuesday the owners asked for the return of parking spaces that courthouse parking lot remodeling had shifted to other [...]

Immigration issue becomes personal

By Anita Doberman This week, I attempted to sign up my children for swimming lessons. I would have easily succeeded in doing so, except that out of curiosity, I decided to ask the owner of the gym a question about the forms she gave me to fill out. On paper, there were the usual spaces [...]

Human courtesy is — at the least — worth a try

Jim Lee Well, Monday is the winter solstice, and Thursday is Christmas Day. No problem in dreaming up something to write about this week. It seems a given that I say something about these two annual events like everybody else. But that’s just what everybody expects me to do. I’m far too clever to fall [...]