Murder trial set for Thursday

PNT staff reports The murder-for-hire trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson is scheduled to begin with opening arguments 9 a.m. Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Watson is accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor — a member of what authorities call the race-based criminal group Aryan Brotherhood — to kill Causey […]

RGH board chooses new administrator

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Freedom New Mexico Larry E. Leaming of Colorado will be the new Roosevelt General Hospital administrator, the hospital board announced Monday morning. After a brief executive session, board members voted unanimously to hire Leaming. Board President Terry Cone said Leaming’s salary will be $120,000 a year. Leaming replaces retiring Administrator James D’Agostino, who has said […]

Taylor pleads guilty in 2005 slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque Friday. The nine charges against […]

Death penalty allowed in Roosevelt murder case

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A District Court ruling has allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of a Roosevelt County man accused of contracting the 2005 shooting death of a county rancher. Tuesday in District Court, Judge Drew Tatum ruled there is probable cause to believe an aggravating circumstance, namely […]

Constitution not our only source for laws

By Jim Lee Here we are rounding the first curve in yet another presidential race. It feels like they get closer and closer together each time. Every four years we have this uniquely American ritual in which the citizens have the chance to show they are in charge. Those who govern are hired and fired […]

Chief of schools sought job

By Mike Linn Portales Schools Superintendent Dr. James Holloway is looking to extend his career beyond the realms of Portales, and was one of four finalists for the Carlsbad schools superintendent position that was filled by another candidate Friday afternoon. Holloway said his application in Carlsbad has nothing to do with the city where he […]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New […]