Local property owners overcharged on taxes

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An error made by a state agency in Santa Fe has resulted in Roosevelt County property owners being overcharged on their 2006 property taxes. The mistake will result in $251,318 in tax relief to county residents, according to a Feb. 8 letter county officials received from Robert Apodaca, director […]

Past year shows backslide in fight for freedoms

Editorial If there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. Here’s […]

New county tax assessor officially takes reins

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tex Belcher officially became the new Roosevelt County tax assessor on Monday. The Democrat, who ran unopposed in November, is switching places with Royene Tivis, the former tax assessor who reached her term limit. Tivis will now become Belcher’s chief deputy, a position that Belcher held for more than […]

Capitalist Mexico would be mutually beneficial

Editorial Prosperity is advancing in Mexico – but only to the most wealthy and those working in government-linked industries, according to a study released this week by the World Bank. It found great inequalities in wealth stemming from “concentrated wealth in the business sector; and unions in protected sectors, the heritage of corporatist institutional arrangements.” […]

City council focuses on nuisance properties

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Nuisance properties were in Portales City Councilors’ gun sights Tuesday as they heard a report from planning director Sammy Standefer detailing emergency action recently taken on property located at East Amazon and North Knoxville. The abandoned property near Portales High School had been attracting students. Evidence that fires had […]

ENMU student detailing state park history

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico State Park No. 5 is almost forgotten, but an Eastern New Mexico University graduate student believes its history is an important link to the area’s past and the recreation residents enjoyed 70 years ago. The state park was located on land that now belongs to ENMU, […]

Officials should pay for taking people’s property

Editorial Politicians, environmentalists and professional planners all claimed the 2004 passage of Measure 37 in Oregon, which forces governments to compensate people when zoning rules or development restrictions lower a property’s value, would mean the end of the world. And it has spelled the end — for cost-free regulating. But the empowerment of property owners […]

County road dispute finds new life

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A county road dispute one party says was settled years ago in district court found new life at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting. In an agenda item brought by Commissioner Tom Clark, discussion was opened on the status of a one-mile section of Roosevelt Road T between Roosevelt Roads […]

County commissioners balk on road access dispute

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners fielded a complaint concerning access along Roosevelt Road T from landowner Charles May at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The discussion ended in a failed split vote on a motion to officially notify adjacent property owner David Stone to remove obstructions from the county roadway. The item came […]

County commissioners ponder pay increases, budget

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners favor a 5-percent pay increase for most county employees as part of the 2006-2007 budget. Salaries for elected officials are still up for debate. “The bottom line actually looks better this year than it has in the last four years,” County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. “Gross […]

Bank looking to new location

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Western Bank will have a new home and a new location off of Chicago Avenue in the future, but Connie Landry, executive vice president for Western Bank, said the new building is still in the preliminary stages of that planning. The current Western Bank office is located at 203 […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]

Raids in Portales produce eight arrests, stolen goods

By Tony Parra Area law enforcement officials arrested eight people in a series of raids late this week, including a Portales man for the second time in less than a month. Armando Ontiveros, 38, was charged Friday with disposal of stolen property. Portales police officers and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Ontiveros on Friday […]

Second arrest made in armored car heist

By Tony Parra A second man was arrrested last week in connection with an armored car heist, officials confirmed on Thursday. Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis was arrested March 22 by officers from the Clovis Police Department, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “We have probable cause that establishes the individual (Adcox) received stolen property and […]

Katrina disaster shows need for advance preparation

Cannon Air Force Base Claims Office From time to time, the forces of nature strike members of our Air Force family — destroying homes, beloved possessions, and sometimes even lives. In case of such disasters, we’re always told to have fresh water, food stores, battery operated radios, flashlights and other emergency materials on hand. Yet […]

Municipal candidates sound off

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By William Thompson Portales city council candidates shared hope for continued ecomomic growth at a political forum Monday while differing on ways to achieve that growth. About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by city government and the Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Monday night at the Memorial Building to hear candidates for city […]

School mil levy issue passes easily

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By William Thompson It was a low turnout, but Portales voters approved a Portales school district mil levy Tuesday by a vote of 364-108. Only 472 voters out of 10,158 eligible voters participated, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. “I’m so disappoined that so few people turned out to vote,” Collins said. “I sent […]

Mil levy election set for today

PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents, today, will get to decided whether to keep a property tax in place to help pay for infrastructure and maintenance of Portales School District buildings. The election takes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If the mil levy is retained a property tax of $2 for each $1,000 of net […]

Early voting under way in mil levy, polls open Feb. 7

By Tony Parra Some Roosevelt County residents have already made their decision on whether they are in favor of, or opposed to keeping a property tax in place to help the Portales School District. Janet Collins, Roosevelt County Clerk, said as of Friday afternoon 27 people have returned ballots in early voting in the Portales […]

Family loses home to fire

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom home burned to the ground, leaving only a foundation. “It was just ashes,” he said. […]