Four running for county commissioner

Tony Parra Tuesday was the last day for people to declare their candidacy for Roosevelt County positions, and one particular position received a lot of attention. There are four candidates for the District 2 commissioner’s seat: Harvey Teague, David Sanders, Charles May and George Martin. Incumbent Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election. Sanders, […]

City hosts banquet to honor King Day

Tony Parra For Rosalind Curtis, it wasn’t just another mundane Monday. Curtis proclaimed it a day of privilege and inspiration, one small window to honor a man who arouses in her feelings of perseverance. “It’s a day to rejoice in our freedom,” Curtis said. “We are gracious for what Martin Luther King Jr. did and […]

Judge denies reduced bail for sex offender suspect

Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with children failed on Wednesday in an effort to have his bail reduced. Billy Martin, 49, scratched his head and shuffled paperwork during his Tuesday afternoon video arraignment in Curry County Magistrate Court as he tried to persuade Magistrate Judge Doug Miller to reduce […]

Sex molestation ring busted in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Police say a Clovis home was used as a sex club between adults and at least 18 preteen girls, and reports show the case came to their attention after a 9-year-old girl confided in her teacher. Although dirty and vacant, the house at 700 East 10th Street appeared to have had children […]

Strong work ethic equals success

Tony Parra and Janet Bresenham Most business owners agree: Hard work and customer service have always been the key to any business’ success. But do area residents demonstrate strong work ethics? Interviews on Labor Day weekend 2003 suggest yes … and no. Troy Hinton, owner of Portales’ IGA grocery store, said Portales has a strong […]

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 […]

RGH diverts patients due to lack of nurses

Mike Linn Some patients seeking admission to the Roosevelt General Hospital last weekend were diverted to Clovis due to a staffing shortage of nurses. It was the first time RGH officials diverted patients since the hospital’s inception almost two years ago, according to RGH Administrator James D’Agostino. “We don’t ever want to admit a patient […]

Magistrate judge always on duty

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Mike Linn Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work on Thursday and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in her home, sometimes […]

Jones a family woman

By Angela Peacock Whether it was making a quilt for one of her children or having a cookout with friends, Gayle Jones was always doing something for her family, relatives said. Jones’s daughter Deana Privett said she remembers her family was always planning gatherings with her parents closest friends, the Mathis family. She said her […]