Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open communication with Cannon Air Force Base about compatibility issues between communities and the base. But others worry recommendations in the JLUS are the beginning of something bigger and more severe, effectively creating a form of […]

Habitat for Humanity meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. family support volunteer meeting scheduled for today in Portales has been canceled. The meeting is to be rescheduled for January. Information: 359-1344 or habitatrcc@yahoo.com.

Friday morning briefing: Roadblocks, updates and an old guy returns to space

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Question of the day What’s the best holiday pie? Please feel free to join this delicious debate in the comment section below. Fair warning Hunters and other outdoor travelers may encounter state Department of Game and Fish roadblocks throughout the state this fall. The […]

Home weatherization programs available

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Argen Duncan Homeowners meeting certain criteria in Roosevelt and Curry counties have opportunities to bring their houses up to code or have them weatherized with programs through Xcel Energy and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. The Mortgage Finance Authority has provided an allocation of about $586,000 to bring at least nine homes in Curry […]

Roosevelt, De Baca receive PILT funds

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases […]

Press release: Bingaman announces PILT funding for N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million this year in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds. PILT, which is a program administered through the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property such as military bases and national parks, which cannot be taxed […]

Land-use meeting set

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study 2-4:30 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee will meet to discuss issues regarding land uses in the counties, […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthouse commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study […]

Study: Roosevelt County among healthiest in state

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

Girl scouts prepare for cookie drive

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The middle of January means one thing to most cookie lovers: It is time to get their hands on some Girl Scout Cookies. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have been selling cookies in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties since Jan. 15. The troops, which consist of 250 […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to deal with tragedy on the scale of the earthquake in Haiti, they must be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather and the possibility of an agriculture disaster. Curry and Roosevelt counties also face the possibility of ice storms and grass fires. The counties use […]

Expect strange weather mix

Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold front will continue to cross the south central mountains and southeast plains with a quick burst of wind… heavy snow and even a few thunderstorms. […]

Quilt raffle date changed

Freedom New Mexico The quilt raffle drawing for the Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties fundraiser has been moved to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, after the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Habitat office at 359-1344 or the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. The numbers show about $6.3 million spent playing to […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

PNT staff U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry and […]

Habitat for Humanity house vandalized, repaired

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Roosevelt and Curry counties gathered Saturday to raise hammers, drive nails and lay tile — again — repairing vandalism to one of Habit for Humanity’s completed homes in Portales. Eight adults and two children came to the aid of Wendy Turner, whose house was vandalized days before […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Farmers hope for more rain

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. Rain fell throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties Tuesday night. “This will buy some breathing room for the people that got some rain,” said Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher. However, he said the […]

May 29, 1966

Roosevelt and Curry counties were the two New Mexico counties included in President Johnson’s action to extend the federal food stamp program to 29 counties in 15 states. The program would begin in Roosevelt County on June 3.