Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt counties

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

RGH expanding

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Roosevelt General Hospital will move into an off-site physical therapy facility and remodel and expand the Physicians Clinic within the next year, according to officials’ plans. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Larry Leaming said the new physical therapy office in Eastern Plaza on Avenue O would open in early July. He hopes to have work on […]

June 19 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: April 19 • Roxanna Salazar, born in 1987, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Salazar was sentenced to 182 days of probation and $123 in fines and fees. April 25 • Calvin Gray, born in 1974, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated battery, […]

Local girls competing in county fair queen contest

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Two local girls are participating in the Roosevelt County fair queen contest this weekend. The girls are to serve as ambassadors at the Roosevelt County Fair, contest organizer Beverly Bennett said. They won’t advance to the state queen competition because they are too young. Krista Avritt, 15, of Elida is the Princess contestant. She is […]

Roosevelt county man facing felony charge after alleged assault on deputy

PNT Reports A Roosevelt County man has been charged with battery on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after resisting Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies who were arresting him on a warrant for failure to appear in Municipal Court, according to sheriff’s office reports. Brandon Hightower is also charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, […]

Commissioners oppose licenses, ID’s for illegals

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at Roosevelt County Courthouse, commissioners: • Approved a resolution supporting the discontinuation of issuing driver licenses and identification cards to illegal immigrants. Commissioner Jake Lopez voted against the resolution, while Commissioners Kendall Buzard, David Sanders and Bill Cathey voted for it. Commissioner Scott Burton was absent. Lopez […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, fireworks and drive-in movies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch Two governing bodies in Roosevelt County are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a report on the proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered and the designation of county precincts. • Portales […]

My turn: Ideal church serves pre-game drinks, meal

I am contemplating starting my own church. Although Roosevelt County’s 30 churches are fairly inclusive, I need the money. After seeing the lifestyles of televangelists, it seems like a no-brainer (which may describe some). I know that I will have to start small — probably on the local cable access channel. Hopefully, with my bell-bottom […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Fundraising efforts begin for fireworks show

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Argen Duncan Efforts to raise money for the Portales annual Fourth of July Celebration have begun, and they include a new contest for boys. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the chamber is working to raise a little more than $10,000 to have about the same size fireworks show as last […]

May 29 —

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: April 4 • Christopher Rojo, born in 1986, pleaded guilty to resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, aggravated battery and driving while his license was suspended. Rojo was sentenced to 364 days in Roosevelt County Detention Center and $134 in fines and fees. April […]

Fairgrounds arena near completion

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Alisa Boswell The new arena building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds is set to be finished by June 20, giving Roosevelt County a much larger space to hold agricultural and rodeo events. According to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin, the project was initially estimated to cost $4 million when the county was going to build […]

Curry, Roosevelt counties receive more than $2 million in grants

Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State Community Development Block Grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico who applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were awarded […]

Two fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Fire near Milnesand contained

PNT staff report Fire burned an estimated 2,596 acres Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Road 35 and Highway 206 near Milnesand, but was contained on Roosevelt Road 35 within half a mile of Roosevelt Road M. “Our main concern was keeping it from Road 33 because there were two structures over there,” said Milnesand Fire Chief […]

May 22 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: May 12 • Joe Sanchez, born in 1977, pleaded no contest to a second offense of aggravated DWI and charges of defective equipment and no insurance were dismissed as per a plea agreement. Sanchez was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 158 days […]

New tax assessor named

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Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission appointed Evelyn Ledbetter of Z-7 Farms Inc. as county assessor Thursday, but not everyone is happy with the decision. The commission voted unanimously on the matter during a special session at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County Assessor Tex Belcher, who was re-elected in 2010, is retiring May 31, and […]

Ledbetter is new assessor

The Roosevelt County Commission has appointed Evelyn Ledbetter of Z-7 Farms Inc. as county assessor. The commission voted unanimously on the matter Thursday during a special session at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County Assessor Tex Belcher, who was re-elected in 2010, is retiring May 31, and Ledbetter is to complete his term, which runs through […]

Inmates complete parenting course

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Alisa Boswell Emotions ran high in the Roosevelt County Detention Center Tuesday as 14 inmates, two with tears in their eyes, accepted certificates of completion for the parenting class they had just completed. “I learned how to be a mom,” said Rosenda Martinez, beginning to cry. “I know I’ve grown because me and my daughter […]