Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year [...]

Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: •Jacinto Gaxiola, 22, of Portales, to Mirna Trillo, 15, of Portales. •Michael David Van Wettering, 21, of Portales, to Stacy Delynn Stewart, 23, of Portales. The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: •Reydesel Avita Calderon, 39, was convicted on [...]

Business seminar to educate residents

Mike Linn A group of professionals will come to Portales this week to give a seminar on the basics of start-up businesses, from the planning aspects to the possible monetary rewards of such undertakings. Every month a handful of residents in Roosevelt County seek advice on how to start their own business, said Kim Huffman, [...]

Crime Report, May 28

PNT Staff Editor’s note: The crime report is compiled from incident reports filed by area law-enforcement officers. Following a gas theft, an 18-year-old Portales man in a maroon Monte Carlo led police officers on a speedy chase on city, county and state roads early Sunday morning. The officer, who had dealt with the man prior, [...]

Weather bittersweet for Portales farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side [...]

Portales gets brief showers

Janet Bresenham By the time some long-awaited rainfall finally soaked the area Saturday afternoon and evening, it did its best to make up for lost time. While Portales received only a light rain Saturday, the National Weather Service radar in Albuquerque showed that the northeast part of Roosevelt County got inundated with up to 3 [...]

County jail seeks renovations

Mike Linn Excessive problems with the Roosevelt County Detention Center, such as periodic overcrowding, have prompted county officials to seek vast renovations to the 15-year-old jail facility. Roosevelt County officials on Tuesday hired NCA Architects from Albuquerque to study the possibility of either expanding the current facility or replacing it altogether. “It’s really a lengthy [...]

Stipulation in bill could cost county $100,000

By Mike Linn A minor stipulation in a bill that unanimously cleared the legislative process may cost Roosevelt County a hardy chunk of cash. House Bill 229, drafted to increase cash allocations to small counties in the state, requires that counties with a property value over $200 million must have three general gross receipts taxes [...]

Summer jobs hard to come by for students

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel [...]

Curry inmate dies of overdose

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug [...]