Commission to hear business owner’s parking request

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is set to approve a preliminary budget and hear from a business owner who is unhappy with the parking situation created by the county courthouse parking lot remodel. The commission is scheduled to discuss those and other matters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the […]

Work continues on square

PNT Staff Report Construction crews will soon begin narrowing streets in Portales around the Roosevelt County courthouse square, starting with South Main Street. City Manager Debi Lee said Tuesday that crews are doing this for their safety while they work on the perimeter of the square. South Main and Second Streets will have a stop […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]

Jan 2, 1951

There would be no more parking on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn, according to a decision by the new county commissioners in their first meeting of the year. The commissioners said they noticed bare ground around the courthouse, and declared that no more public meetings could be held on the lawn.

Oct. 20, 1936

Republican candidate for State Land Commissioner H. L. Kent was to speak at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, discussing problems “concerning the farmer, the stockman, the schools and our natural resources,” according to an ad for the event in the Portales Daily News.

Voting machines to be tested

PNT staff Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins will be test voting the early vote, absentee vote and in-person voting machines at 9 a.m. Friday in the courthouse basement. Any interested person may observe.

Courthouse square plan gets final look

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales City councilors received one final report Tuesday on the courthouse square streetscape project in preparation for putting the project out for bids later this month. Portales MainStreet President Danny Woodward presented an updated sketch of the redesigned square. The entities involved ironed out the wrinkles last week in […]

Push America wheels back into town Monday

PNT Staff Report The Journey of Hope will make its seventh annual visit to Portales on Monday. Journey of Hope involves a team of about 30 bicyclists riding across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The bike riders will arrive at the Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales at about 1:30 […]

Courthouse is Portales landmark

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles about New Deal/WPA projects in Roosevelt County, marking the 75th anniversary of the program begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to pull the country out of the Great Depression. Perhaps the most iconic building in Portales, in 1938 […]

Power restored, courthouse temporarily emptied

PNT Staff Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning, the outage caused by a piece of equipment that regulates voltage, an Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. The power was out from 9:10 to 9:46 a.m. The power outage is believed to have triggered the temporary closing of the Roosevelt County […]

Smoke clears county courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

New Deal exhibit touring New Mexico

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal will re-emerge in Roosevelt County next fall as Portales hosts a 75th anniversary photo exhibit: New Mexico’s New Deal Treasures, according to a press release. New Mexico Economic Development Department’s MainStreet Program has borrowed the traveling exhibit from the National New Deal Association. The […]

It’s their job: Rene Hernandez

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Rene Hernandez Job: Custodian and maintenance work for the Roosevelt County Courthouse Time on the job: 12 days Background: Before taking the position at the courthouse, Hernandez worked for the Dora Schools for eight years in a similar position. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Cleaning windows, […]

Gas leak cause of courthouse evacuation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Courthouse was evacuated late Tuesday morning while a gas leak was being investigated, according to County Manager Charlene Hardin. The evacuation cleared the district courtroom where jury selection was in progress for the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, of Clovis. The two are […]

Sept. 23, 2007 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Tio S Ford, 26, and Chyanne Handley, 27, both of Clovis. • Shane Seetin Dill, 24, and Nichole Marie Bare, 24, both of Portales. • Arturo Holguin, 21, and Mallory D Marez, 21, both of Portales. • Federico Rosendo, 68, and Miriam […]

March 18, 2007 Marriages

The following marriage license was recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Patrick A. Tupa, 58, and Lisa M. Presher, 43, both of Tatum.

Bird debacle resolved peacefully

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There is no doubt the feisty little Italian many of us knew from the old Mr. Hank Show on KENW has aged. It shows in his flowing gray mane. What we may not have known until this week was the deviousness age has bestowed on Tony Gennaro. Earlier this […]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing […]

Grackles wreaking havoc at Roosevelt County Courthouse

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as dusk settles in each evening. According to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator, the birds have gradually taken over the trees at the courthouse. They’ve been there since the summer and have […]

District attorneys’ offices moving

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The staff of the 9th Judicial District Attorney in Roosevelt and Curry counties will experience a change of scenery by the end of this year, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. The district attorney’s offices in both Portales and Clovis are moving from […]