Ruidoso targets Portales’ city manager

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Portales’ city manager is negotiating a contract to become the Ruidoso village manager. Ruidoso Mayor Ray Nunley said his village council agreed at their meeting Wednesday night to let their attorney work out the contract with Debi Lee. If Lee accepts the position, Nunley said her start date is […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

Melrose firefighters upset over comments

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Melrose Fire Department is in upheaval after the village mayor and police chief publicly criticized the department’s handling of criminal allegations against a volunteer firefighter. Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said three volunteer firefighters have quit and more said they are considering quitting. Jacobs said they’re upset about comments […]

Melrose police chief resigns

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose’s lone law enforcement officer has submitted his resignation. Police Chief Lee Ferguson, who submitted his resignation April 7, said he has accepted a deputy position with the Parmer County Sheriff’s Department. Ferguson said his final day as chief will be April 25. “I just feel […]

Floyd cheerleaders take 1A state title

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer As visitors drive to or through the village of Floyd a sign reads: “Welcome to Floyd. Home of the Floyd Broncos and home of the Floyd Lion’s Club Country Jamboree.” Now villagers can add home of the Class 1A state champion cheerleaders, to their

Voters go to polls today in municipal elections

PNT Staff Report Early voting concluded Friday for today’s municipal election, said Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. She said 83 people voted early in-person and 16 people requested ballots by mail. The new voting machines will be used for the municipal election, she said. Four city council seats are up for election. Alfredo Bachica Jr., […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief faces decision

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

New San Juan Village opens for students

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Communal living comes into play in most college students’ life. For Eastern New Mexico University students that experience just changed for the better. San Juan Village, the new student housing development at ENMU, is receiving rave reviews from students as they begin moving in for the fall semester, according […]

Former police chief intends to sue village, mayor

Freedom Newspapers The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Letter to the Editor: Ute golf course gets kudos from mayor

I would like to congratulate the leadership of Quay County including the Quay County Commission, the village of Logan, city of Tucumcari, village of San Jon and all of their citizens for the success they’ve had with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and the recent approval to allow Ute Lake Ranch Development to construct […]