It’s their job: Tish Gossett

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Tish Gossett, 19, of Portales works as an administrative assistant at Western Dairy Transport LLC. She said what she likes best about the job is that WDT works around her school hours. Gossett is studying graphic design at Eastern New Mexico University.

It’s their job:Rebbecca Gossett

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Rebbecca Gossett Job: Movie clerk at Landall’s Box Office Time on the Job: Six months Background: Gossett is a senior at Eastern New Mexico University studying Family and Consumer Sciences. She also works in the ENMU Computer Lab. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Checking out movies, […]

Hooker wins sheriff’s race

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general […]

Sheriff candidates square off in forum

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County sheriff candidates Tom Gossett and Darren Hooker addressed communication with the commissioners and dealing with staff shortages and meth problems in Roosevelt County during a candidate forum Thursday evening. Roosevelt County and the chamber of commerce sponsored the public forum. Gossett and Hooker are both Republicans meaning […]

Candidate slate set for three county positions

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s position will be a two-man race with the incumbent Tom Gossett running against county deputy Darren Hooker in the June 6 primaries. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file with the county clerk’s office and three positions will be contested. Since both of them are Republicans and […]

Registered nurse dedicated 30 years for others

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dora Natalie Olmsted was a woman of precision that viewed life as being precious as she dedicated three decades of her career to the medical field caring for others as a nurse. According to family members, Olmsted was just as nurturing outside of her profession as she was to those […]

Burglary crimes up in Roosevelt County in 2004

By Tony Parra Burglary crimes are up 27 percent in 2004 from 2003 in Roosevelt County, according a recently released report from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. The report showed an increase of burglaries from 41 in 2003 to 56 in 2004. Tom Gossett, Roosevelt County Sheriff, said there was a $32,000 burglary spike in […]

Deputy shortage causes sheriff’s department to close some nights

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said because of a depleted staff there have been nights recently in which there have not been any deputies on patrol. Gossett blames low salaries for the deputy shortage and the inability to hire replacements. He said he has five deputies currently on staff now and another […]

Dec. 12 Obituaries

E.J. Gossett, 83 Mr. E. J. Gossett, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, in Portales. He was born on Sept. 17, 1921, in Ryan, Okla., to Ida and Charlie P. Gossett. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1942, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served for 33 months in North Africa. On […]

Portales teenagers screen film at Clovis festival

By Tova Fruchtman Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s film “Walking Dead” […]

Bomb threat called in to courthouse

By Tony Parra Law enforcement officials evacuated employees at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for an hour on Monday afternoon following a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Officers with the Portales Police Department evacuated the county courthouse from 12:40 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said they received the […]

Past deputies take issue with Gossett

Kevin Wilson Two former deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office agree that budget shortfalls are a problem within the department. However, they say that’s not why they left, taking issue with statements made last week by Sheriff Tom Gossett. Gossett said last week his department is underfunded and was a key reason why deputies […]

Sheriff upset over funding discrepancies

Kevin Wilson For the second time in two years, Tom Gossett is doing some campaigning. Gossett, who won the 2002 sheriff’s race on a platform of proactive law enforcement, is now taking time to react to what he feels is inadequate funding to protect Roosevelt County. “It’s something like building a house or doing anything […]

Horse races cause concern for area police

Mike Linn A family residing about five miles east of Portales has been hosting horse races twice a month, contending it wants to keep Mexican tradition alive and boredom at bay. But local law enforcement officials say tradition can only go as far as American law permits — and to that end Roosevelt County Sheriff […]

Sheriff expresses concern

Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett expressed several concerns at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, from a shortage in police escorts for females to computer problems to the use of $4,000 confiscated from an inmate who was selling marijuana in jail over the summer. Currently, inmate guardians escorting inmates to other facilities get paid […]

Obits 9-23

Melba McCamish, 68 Melba McCamish, 68, of Muleshoe, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on March 17, 1935, in Lingo. She married Frank McCamish on Aug. 22, 1953, in Portales. She was a 1953 graduate of Portales High School. She and her family moved to Muleshoe in […]

Getting dirty to get out early

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Mike Linn A new program allowing Roosevelt County inmates to work off jail time is also promoting shrewd spending of taxpayer dollars, county officials say. The voluntary program started on Monday and allows misdemeanor offenders to earn good time in jail for picking up trash, pulling weeds, trimming and mowing on county property. The hours […]

Obits July 2

Preston Gossett Mr. Preston Gossett, 88, of Portales, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas. He was born Sept. 17, 1914, in Spanish Fort, Texas, to Ida and Charlie P. Gossett. He moved to the Upton community west of Floyd in the mid-1930s. He married Ruth Russell on […]