Commissioners oppose licenses, ID’s for illegals

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at Roosevelt County Courthouse, commissioners: • Approved a resolution supporting the discontinuation of issuing driver licenses and identification cards to illegal immigrants. Commissioner Jake Lopez voted against the resolution, while Commissioners Kendall Buzard, David Sanders and Bill Cathey voted for it. Commissioner Scott Burton was absent. Lopez […]

New tax assessor named

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Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission appointed Evelyn Ledbetter of Z-7 Farms Inc. as county assessor Thursday, but not everyone is happy with the decision. The commission voted unanimously on the matter during a special session at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County Assessor Tex Belcher, who was re-elected in 2010, is retiring May 31, and […]

Ledbetter is new assessor

The Roosevelt County Commission has appointed Evelyn Ledbetter of Z-7 Farms Inc. as county assessor. The commission voted unanimously on the matter Thursday during a special session at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County Assessor Tex Belcher, who was re-elected in 2010, is retiring May 31, and Ledbetter is to complete his term, which runs through […]

Sheriff’s office report rise in copper theft

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Alisa Boswell Tensions were high among some Roosevelt County residents Tuesday morning at the county commission meeting as they recounted thefts they have suffered. “It’s not just Roosevelt County,” Sheriff Darren Hooker told commissioners and residents. “It’s statewide, nationwide.” Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said larceny began increasing about six months ago when scrap market […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County commisison

At the Roosevelt County commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Heard an informational presentation regarding land issues from Kendall Terry. Terry said a wheat field near his home on Roosevelt Road P off of U.S. 70 has been blowing dust and other matter onto the property of surrounding homes due to the […]

County commission to decide on road closure

Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Commissioners will be asked Tuesday to close a road. The reason for this road closure is cattle rustlers and quail poachers. But unlike cowboys from fictional westerns, Roosevelt County resident Leroy Redcliff’s battle with trouble makers has been very real. “The road is being closed down for the simple reason that […]

Racing commission may open up racino license application

Freedom New Mexico Quay County may be back in the running for a race track. The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday that a license granted La Mesa Racetrack in Raton has expired and the commission plans to open up applications for the license to other interested communities across the state. The La Mesa license […]

Local dairymen waiting for ruling on environmental regulations

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Meetings watch: Portales County Commission

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved proceeding with roof repairs at Roosevelt County Detention Center after discussing the roof leak investigation and roof survey. • Approved a loan agreement for $1.6 million between Roosevelt County and New Mexico Finance Authority. The loan is for the reconstruction of […]

No vote on Gardner replacement

Roosevelt County commissioners did not decide on a nomination for a replacement New Mexico Rep. Keith Gardner at a special meeting Thursday. A meeting to take a final vote was scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Gardner left his seat to become Gov. Susana Martinez’ chief of […]

Monday morning briefing: Game of the week, filling the void and a gusher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week. The latest recommendation from our own Jenna Zamie. Game: ilomilo Genre: Puzzle System: Xbox Live Arcade, phone What is it? Charming aesthetics and devious puzzles create an engaging experience. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/i/ilomilomobile/default.htm Question of the day […]

Year in review: County projects under way

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Alisa Boswell Big things have happened for Roosevelt County in 2010, according to County Commission Chairman David Sanders and outgoing County Commissioner Gene Creighton, who will finish his second term with the county at the end of this month. “I have appreciated serving the city and the county for the last eight years,” said Creighton. […]

Internet better off without FCC proposal

Freedom New Mexico Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has announced that the commission will take up a new strategy for regulating the Internet at its Dec. 21 meeting. Proposed in the spirit of what has popularly become known as net neutrality, the new rules would forbid Internet service providers from blocking any […]

Grant Mcgee: Insurance job was ‘divine’ calling

Grant McGee The Lord wanted me to have a job one time. Let me explain. Years ago I needed more money for my growing family. So I moseyed on down to the state employment commission to find a job that would bring in wheelbarrows full of cash. “The Lord said you were coming. He has […]

Commissioners look at closing Price Ranch Road

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday commissioners: • Appointed a road viewing committee to recommend whether Price Ranch Road should be closed. The road near Melrose Bombing Range runs through private property and is believed little used. Closing the road would remove a security issue for the ranch it runs through and allow the […]

Buzard wins District 5 county commission seat

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Argen Duncan Republican Kendell Ray Buzard won the District 5 Roosevelt County Commission seat Tuesday. Buzard received 70 percent of votes, winning over Democrat Rodney L. Payne, with 30 percent. County Clerk E. Janet Collins said vote totals could change when provisional ballots are counted Friday. Buzard will take over for current Commissioner Paul Grider, […]

Commission accepts $1.5 million barn contract

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, the commission: • accepted a contract of about $1.5 million to have contractor Basic IDIQ move a barn from Colorado to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The vote was unanimous with Commissioner Paul Grider absent. Basic IDIQ Regional Manager Lyndon Brinegar said if everything went […]

Candidate profiles: Public Regulation Commission

Kevin Wilson An open race for the state’s Public Regulation Commission is on November’s general election ballot. The race is between Patrick Lyons, a former state senator and the current state land commissioner, and longtime business owner Stephanie L. Dubois of Tularosa. The PRC regulates utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission — Oct. 6

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at the county courthouse, commissioners: • voted to renew a contract for Stephens Construction and Ready Mix Inc. of Texico to haul road materials for the county. The estimated contract value is $100,000, according to the contract. Stephens is paid per ton and mile, and $67.50 per […]

Commissioners approve water tank bid

At a Roosevelt County Commission special meeting Monday: • Commissioners approved a $91,688 bid for a water tank for Arch Fire Department. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the department had a $100,000 grant and was providing $20,000 in matching funds. Bids for other work needed to install the tanks, such as well work, are coming […]