Motorcyclists raise funds for school supplies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County school districts have $2,000 more in school supplies for the upcoming new school year because of a local motorcycle group, the Iron Sons. Kathy Carmichael, a member of the group, said the club originated in Germany and formed in the U.S. in 1990. It has chapters in Texas and New Mexico, […]

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Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: May 23 • Torricello Embry, born in 1974, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property less than $1,000. Embry was sentenced to 182 days of supervised probation, paying restitution and $173 in fines and fees. • Monico Sanchez, born in 1981, pleaded guilty to […]

Joining forces: RGH enters rural hospital network

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Argen Duncan A new network of small, rural hospitals Roosevelt General Hospital is participating in should provide cost savings, more information resources and an opportunity for more services, the RGH CEO said. Seven rural hospitals with less than 50 beds received a federal grant to plan the policies and procedures of the network, said RGH […]

Reader-submitted content: Roosevelt woman inducted into state 4-H hall of fame

Jane Moorman Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark is among the 21 4-H leaders and supporters inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in July at New Mexico State University. The induction ceremony, which was held during the 4-H state conference, included individual recognition for the inductees and a reception. The hall of fame […]

Drought could extend fire season

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Alisa Boswell Usually, August and September would mean the end of fire season is approaching for Roosevelt County. But according to state and local fire officials, that may not be the case this year. “This fire season is very comparable to the fire season in 2006,” said Dan Ware, spokesperson for the New Mexico Forestry […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) being reported in young people in Curry and Roosevelt is above the state average and that has public health officials concerned. Specifically, Curry and Roosevelt counties rate above the state average with chlamydia, HPV and Gonorrhea, according to officials at the New Mexico Department of Health […]

Portales woman charged with bringing contraband to jail

Freedom New Mexico A 27-year-old Portales woman was arrested earlier this month on charges of bringing tobacco, pills and marijuana into Roosevelt County Detention Center. Stephanie Warren is charged with bringing contraband into a jail, a fourth-degree felony. According to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reports: • About 11:20 a.m. July 2, a deputy went to […]

Rural post offices face closure

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Argen Duncan Five rural post offices in Roosevelt County, two in De Baca County and one in Parmer County, Texas, are in danger of being closed. Due to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a list of about 3,700 post offices it will study for closure nationwide. The post offices in Dora, Causey, […]

Roosevelt County wins state opener

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Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars roughed up Espanola Valley, winning 10-2 on Saturday in the opening round of the state 10-11 Little League tournament. No particulars were available on the game at press time. Roosevelt County returns to action at 10 a.m. today against Los Lunas in winners bracket play. Two […]

Roosevelt County sheriff selected to attend FBI National Academy

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is to be one of two New Mexico law enforcement officials to attend a 10-week training course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in October. The course is geared towards higher-ranking law enforcement officials at the city, county, state and national levels. “I’m very excited for […]

July 24 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: June 29 • Isaac Montano III, born in 1980, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended or revoked license. Montano was sentenced to four days in jail with four days of pre-sentence credit, 360 days probation and $581 in fines and fees. July 7 […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt […]

Teen arrested for auto burglary

PNT staff reports A 14-year-old Roosevelt County boy was arrested Sunday in connection with an auto burglary consistent with 12 other auto burglaries that occurred in the last few days, according to Portales Police. The boy was charged with one count of auto burglary, a fourth-degree felony, and resisting and evading an officer, a misdemeanor. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Business interests and local growth

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Interested in the business world of Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce newsletter, “Communiqu

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Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: May 26 • Christopher Lewis, born in 1985, pleaded no contest to shoplifting as per a plea agreement. Lewis was sentenced to 72 days in jail with 72 days of pre-sentence confinement credit and $73 in fines and fees. • Brandon Hightower, born in […]

Elida mayor facing felony charge

Freedom New Mexico Elida Mayor Durward Dixon, 45, has been charged in what Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officials described as a domestic dispute with his girlfriend June 25 at their home. Dixon, arrested July 2, is charged with false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and four misdemeanors — battery against a household member, interference with communications, negligent […]

County assessor resigns; Carrasco appointed

Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County assessor has resigned, and her deputy is taking her position. At a special meeting Wednesday morning in the county courthouse, the Roosevelt County Commission voted to accept Evelyn Ledbetter’s resignation and appoint Kenner Carrasco to finish the term. The county assessor’s staff determines property values and the amount of […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A salute to veterans and the first bikini

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County

Thursday morning briefing: Mentors needed, loans and Sonny without Cher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mentors needed United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking 1,000 men and women in Curry and Roosevelt counties to be literacy volunteers in area schools. The volunteers will serve as mentors to help kids become better readers. Here’s a link with more info: […]

Driver’s license resolution unfair

Roosevelt County commissioners who supported the resolution to change the law that allows immigrants to get a driver’s license undermine our cherished values of equality and fairness. In the last legislative session, the senate decided to keep driver’s licenses for immigrants because it was the right thing to do. Religious leaders and people of faith […]