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 [...]