Counties await Richardson’s signature for capital outlay projects

Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday in the House. The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros, D-Questa. In Curry County, the funds to […]

Bovine TB tests still required for Curry, Roosevelt counties

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Only two New Mexico counties — Roosevelt and Curry — will have to test for bovine tuberculosis in cattle leaving the county, according to a new federal directive announced Friday. Previously, the entire state was under the testing requirement, part of the effects of a downgrade in bovine TB-status […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Feb. 3, 1949

Local pastors asked their congregations to protest proposed legislation that would repeal the state local option liquor law and any measure that would legalize gambling. Roosevelt County had voted to stay dry when the issue was brought up years before, making it and Curry County the only dry counties in the state. Curry County originally […]

United Way far from goal

Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico is well over $225,000 short of its fundraising goal for Roosevelt and Curry counties, according to a news release from the organization. So far, according to the release, individuals, business owners and corporations have donated or pledged $401,404 to United Way. That’s 64 percent of the […]

County population

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Ten counties gained more than 200,000 residents from 2000 to 2007, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Housing estimates

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The U.S. Census Bureau produces estimates of housing units for states and counties on an annual basis.

County gets disaster declaration

PNT Staff Report The U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 30 declared 31 New Mexico counties as disaster areas including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties because of persisting drought conditions, according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help […]

Eastern Plains Council of Governments helps with planning

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is one of seven associations of counties that assist local governments in economic development and planning. MembersThe Eastern Plains Council of governments is made up of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and the local governments in those counties, the council helps with […]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Fireworks vendors in Curry and Roosevelt counties said sales are picking up as July 4 nears. “We have been open since June 20 and have already had to order more fireworks,” said Karlee Johnson of TNT Fireworks in Clovis. Johnson said that her family has operated the stand for […]

Roosevelt County under tornado watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the counties of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. A tornado watch means that the conditions exist for a tornado to develop.

Lujan says he’ll stand up to special interests

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer While campaigning through southeastern New Mexico this past week, Democratic Congressional District 3 candidate, Ben R. Lujan, sat down with the Portales News-Tribune to answer some questions regarding his positions on some major political issues.Lujan is seeking to win the Democratic primary in a congressional seat being vacated by […]

Association of Counties brings meeting to Portales

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Association of Counties is meeting in Portales today for the first time in its history. The group plans to discuss issues ranging from county budgets and wildfires, to CPR training for state employees and federal benefits for jail inmates. Representatives from all of the state’s 33 […]

Biogas plants planned for Curry and Roosevelt counties on hold

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The home loan crash has affected the start of another proposed alternative-energy facility in the area. Gibbs Energy president Joe Maceda said the construction of a biogas facility that would extract methane gas from cow manure has been stalled after the primary investor for the $25 million project was […]

Reported cases of sexual assault increase in 2007

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The number of reported victims of sexual assault doubled in Curry and Roosevelt counties between 2006 and 2007 among females ages 11 months to 17 years old, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Pattie Johnson, the Victim Impact Program Director for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office […]

58th Jamboree gets picking Thursday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Not even a tornado could keep people away from the annual Floyd Country Jamboree last year, but attendance was noticeably down in 2007 when twisters struck Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties on March 23. Last year’s jamboree ran from March 21-25, with the tornadoes striking on the Friday night […]

Counties fight for funding

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico counties are fighting to keep a program that funds indigent health care and keeps health care costs from rising. A temporary suspension Congress imposed preventing a new Medicaid rule expires in May, according to Interim Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. The rule terminates a state and federal […]

Rural N.M. values are conservative

By Allen Weh: Guest Columnist At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, […]

Bovine tuberculosis testing ongoing in Curry County

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers The ramifications of last week’s discovery of bovine tuberculosis in dairy cattle in eastern New Mexico is still being determined, according to State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez. Gonzalez said if the infected cattle are within the current federally restricted zone covering parts of Roosevelt and Curry counties, there would be […]

Tornadoes carry blessings after a few tragic minutes

Editorial The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we mourn the […]