Roads, housing cited as top economic concerns

By Tony Parra City and county officials from southeastern New Mexico pleaded their cases for funding on Thursday with a focus on roads, correctional facilities and water projects. New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee members met with officials from several counties and cities to discuss their legislative priorities and needs in the Sandia Room of […]

Commissioners take next step for tax increase

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Commissioners held a special session on Tuesday to take another step for what commissioner Gene Creighton said, “None of the commissioners wanted to do”. Raise taxes. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to receive input from Roosevelt County residents on the adoption of two gross receipt tax increments and […]

Commissioners take first step towards tax increments

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners had been discussing the idea of imposing tax increments because of budget deficiencies, and on Tuesda decided to take the first step in the process. Commissioners said they will take the first step in the process by publicizing the notice of intent. Roosevelt County plans for a first 1/8 […]

Commissioners discuss overcrowded jails

Tony Parra The ongoing issue with overcrowding at the Roosevelt County Detention Center took precedence in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. The commissioners viewed a four-minute presentation from General Marine Leasing on the portable inmate facilities which could be used for the RCDC. In November, Luera said the number of inmates was fluctuating from 11 […]

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 […]

County talks taxes for jail space

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting discussed the probability of raising taxes to fund additional space for the county detention center. The cost would run between $3.6 to $5.2 million depending on size. A couple of the options discussed to foot the bill would either be an increase of a gross receipt […]

County officials discuss new jail possibilities

Mike Linn Area county officials are entertaining the idea of funding a 2,000-bed jail that would house criminals from Logan to Lingo. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is spearheading the idea, which he describes as a four-county cooperative to house criminals from Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties at a central location near […]

Video system will ease court transports

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Once just a cool tool used in science fiction flicks, the video conference system has now made its way to the Portales Municipal Court. The new video system will allow Municipal Judge Fred Arnold to arraign inmates incarcerated at the Roosevelt County Detention Center from his […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

Overcrowded county jail forced to transfer imates

Tony Parra If three is a crowd then what does 76 mean? Unfortunately that number means overcrowding for the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The facility has a 58-person capacity, so currently many of the 76 inmates are crammed three to a cell and some are having to sleep on the floor, county officials said. “We’ve […]