Curry County commissioner selected for civic leadership program

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I […]

Referendums give citizens voice

In an Oct. 25 CNJ article on the city charter commission, the CNJ quoted Commissioner Fred Van Soelen as saying that negative referendums cost the taxpayers too much money so it should be harder to have one. However, that is just plain wrong. If you will remember, the referendum this past summer, initiated by the […]

Military officials planning Melrose range expansion

Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they hope will expand the Melrose Air Force Range by nearly one-sixth of its current size. The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the […]

Meetings watch: City commission

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in Portales City Hall, councilors: • Approved ratification of the Finance Department’s Actions Regarding Bills for August 2011. • Approved the resolution for a special election concerning Sunday liquor sales in Portales. Portales Mayor Sharon King said the election will take place Dec. 13. • Approved the right-of-way […]

Commission approves property tax increase

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission approved a slight raise in property tax rates for the 2011 tax year at a special meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse. Commissioners approved the new rates after county assessor Kenner Carrasco provided overview of property tax rates. Carrasco said the net taxable value for the county for 2011 […]

Meetings watch —

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission will meet in a Work Session today at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Roosevelt County Courthouse to discuss the Magistrate Court Complex Project. The following items will be discussed today during the regular commissioners meeting at 9 a.m.: • Information about the Security Posture Assessment […]

Nothing fair about Fairness Doctrine

Freedom New Mexico The fairness doctrine in broadcasting sounds like it would be so, well, fair. Why is it we believe that the end of the dormant policy, killed Aug. 22 by the Federal Communications Commission, is a good development? The truth is, there never was anything “fair” about it. The fairness doctrine was imposed […]

Four apply for judgeship

Freedom New Mexico Four local lawyers have applied for a 9th Judicial District judgeship vacant due to the death of Robert S. Orlik on May 28, the state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday. Applicants are Donna Mowrer of Portales and Wesley Pool, Andrea Reeb and Brian Stover, all of Clovis. Reeb is also chief deputy […]

County assessor resigns; Carrasco appointed

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]