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 [...]

Council denies zone change for BBQ business

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales City Council members on Monday voted unanimously not to allow J4 Bar-B-Que to serve “to-go” orders from a house at 1309 E. Amazon Street. About 75 spectators attended the meeting. The three principal operators of J4, Glenn Johnson, Bill Graham and Jerry Faber, all spoke at the meeting [...]

Death penalty nears end

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish the death penalty moved closer to becoming law Monday when the Senate Judiciary voted 6-5 to pass the bill to the Senate floor. Supporters of House Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque, considered the committee vote an important victory because in recent [...]

Feb. 3, 1949

Local pastors asked their congregations to protest proposed legislation that would repeal the state local option liquor law and any measure that would legalize gambling. Roosevelt County had voted to stay dry when the issue was brought up years before, making it and Curry County the only dry counties in the state. Curry County originally [...]

Superintendent’s contract approved by school board

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales schools will have continuity of leadership for at least the next four school years. The Portales board of education voted Monday to extend superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract through July of 2012. Fowler currently makes about $114,000 a year. Any raise during the next four years would have to [...]

Councilors look to simplify finances

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to consolidate the city’s bank accounts. Councilors authorized city officials to negotiate terms with First Community Bank. Other banks submitting proposals were Portales National Bank and Wells Fargo. Councilor Mike Miller, a member of the city’s finance committee, said the move would help [...]

Commission OKs downtown funds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer All but one Roosevelt County commissioner voted at Tuesday’s meeting to fund half of the projected shortfall for the Courthouse Square improvement project. City officials had asked the county to help pay for the project after the bid came in almost $178,000 over budget. The commission could have also [...]

George defeats Paternoster for probate judge

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Approximately 67 percent of the registered voters in Roosevelt County voted for Republican Barbara A. George as the probate judge. George defeated Democratic opponent Mark B. Paternoster by 2,274 votes. “I feel that I can be of a great help to the residents of Roosevelt County,” George said after [...]

Commission declines to apply for project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners declined to apply for a state highway improvement project. The commissioners motioned and voted against applying for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for N.M. 88. To fix N.M. 88 properly, the entire road would have to be torn apart and widened, [...]