Checkpoints coming this month

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short updated the Roosevelt County commissioners about cracking down on drunk drivers in the late part of August and into September in Tuesday’s county commission meeting. It’s part of a national crackdown campaign on drunk driving which is called “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.”, according [...]

Local pilot’s tales retold in book

By Tony Parra Stanley Hardin’s memoirs of his time as a pilot were written down and created into a book, but only one that close relatives and friends had copies of. Twenty-two years after his death, the book has been published and now anyone can purchase a copy and experience the tales and adventures of [...]

Commissioners start trimming for 2004-05 budget

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners and county officials began trimming the proposed 2004-2005 budget on Tuesday in the regular commission meeting to make ends meet. The revenue money Roosevelt County has is not generating enough interest to offset its expenses, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. Hardin said the amount for revenue was $2.8 [...]

Commissioners want to look into cheese plant road options

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners want money allocated for a cheese plant road to go towards the maintenance and upgrades of the county roads leading to the cheese plant, and not towards creating a new asphalt road. Commissioners decided that $170,000 allocated from capital outlay would not be enough for a quality paved [...]

County officials looking into portable jails

Tony Parra The reality of a portable detention facility will be researched from May 11-13 by Roosevelt County Commission officials and Roosevelt County Detention Administrator Jesse Luera when they tour a facility in use. The Roosevelt County commissioners originally scheduled to fly to New Orleans to research the facilities in late April, but Roosevelt County [...]

Zia tennis team drops pair over weekend

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team took a pair of losses against quality competition over the weekend, losing to Abilene Christian 9-0 on Friday and to Hardin-Simmons 7-2 on Saturday. Both opponents are nationally ranked — ACU is 13th in NCAA Division II while Hardin-Simmons is 23rd in [...]

Lopez named new county chairman

Tony Parra A move at the top of the board, the purchase of a 2003 Chevy Blazer and $150,000 for small-county assistance were among the top issues discussed in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. During the beginning of the meeting there was a change at the top when Dennis Lopez was chosen as the new [...]

County may give Portales Ute water

Mike Linn Roosevelt County officials are discussing the possibility of bowing out of the Ute Water pipeline project and allowing Portales to obtain its water rights — along with the hefty tab that follows. County Administrator Charline Hardin told commissioners at Tuesday’s county meeting it would cost $72,000 annually for the county if and when [...]

Committee to lobby for fairground funds

Mike Linn County officials and residents have formed a committee to lobby for federal funding to revamp the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Ag. Extension Agent Floyd McAlister presented a case for pursuing funds to the Roosevelt County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting, stating increased capacity would make the Fairgrounds more attractive to exhibitors at the [...]

County approves new attorney

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Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday voted to accept a bid for services from local attorney Randy Knudson, who just happens to be representing a resident suing the county over a road right-of-way. Moreover, Knudson also represents the city of Portales, with which the county has entered into legal issues in the past. [...]