City decides to move polling places before spring elections

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council approved two election related resolutions Tuesday night as they moved swiftly through their regular agenda. Councilors gave unanimous approval to a resolution moving two polling places in time for municipal elections next spring. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she had been approached by school officials from L.L. […]

City council discusses legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors met on Tuesday an hour before the city meeting to have their legislative priorities in order for Gov. Bill Richardson. They met and agreed the top priority is street improvements, followed by the purchase of equipment. The third priority is concrete approaches’ improvements. City Manager Debi […]

Developers find opposition regarding Ute Lake

By Mike Linn CLOVIS — Two developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New Mexico. Developers Sid Strebeck and Warren Frost, who sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore, are asking the […]

County commission passes same-sex marriage license ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday prohibiting the issuance of gay-marriage licenses. County Clerk Joyce Fraze and commissioners said they felt a resolution was needed after Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid, in late February. […]

County commission to introduce gay marriage resolution

PNT Staff All signs point towards the approval of a resolution of No. 04-06, prohibiting the issuance of marriage license to couples of the same sex in Roosevelt County in today’s county commission meeting. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said originally, the commissioners were going to pass a ordinance to disallow the issuance of marriage […]

County officials approve funds for voting machines

PNT Staff Roosevelt County officials met for a brief special session on Thursday afternoon in the courthouse to talk about the election year. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze proposed resolution requesting approval for purchase of four voting machines, which will cost $6,200 apiece, to replace the old ones. Fraze said there was money in the […]

Residents flock to city council meeting to discuss rehab center

Mike Linn The Portales City Council’s meeting Tuesday night was packed with residents seeking to discuss issues related to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center planned near L. L. Brown Grade School. Mayor Orlando Ortega allowed only a few citizens to speak about the issue, stating that owners of the building must first obtain a […]

Commission accepts resolution opposing gender identity bill

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution on Tuesday opposing Senate Bill 28, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution also states that the commission is in support of a referendum to appeal the bill. The commission voted to accept the resolution by a 4-1 vote with commissioner […]