County commission gets grant for indoor arena

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Roosevelt County Commissioners have approved a memorandum of understanding to get an indoor arena at the county fairgrounds.

The vote came during their regular meeting Tuesday morning in the county courthouse.

Through the agreement with the state Department of Finance and Administration, a state grant of $250,000 from Gov. Bill Richardson’s Rodeo Initiative will go to move and reconstruct a building currently in Colorado. County Manager Charlene Hardin said she expected to bring the arena down next spring.

Hardin said the grant money has a requirement associated with it.

“We have to allow the use (of the arena) for free to four different organizations a year,” Hardin said. “It is actually a requirement by the county for having this facility.”

The Rodeo Initiative is aimed at developing and supporting rodeo in New Mexico through promotion, attracting competitive rodeos and the quantity and quality of the state’s rodeo facilities.

Also, the commissioners approved precincts and polling places for next year’s elections.

“It is the same as last year,” County Clerk Janet Collins said. “There are no changes. We just want to set up so that next year we can elect a new governor.”

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved a contract for attorney services with Richard Queener of Clovis.

• Approved the cell phone stipend.