Fort Sumner dispute comes before judge

By Mike Linn A district judge on Thursday advised lawyers for the De Baca County sheriff and the county commission to try to resolve issues related to an extended feud between the two outside of court. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley also overruled an ex-parte order signed by District Judge Joe Parker two weeks […]

Martin has list to take care of

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on the candidates for the upcoming Roosevelt County Commission District 2 election. George Martin has a list of things he wants to fix in Roosevelt County. Now he just needs to get on the county commission to start crossing some […]

Commissioners start trimming for 2004-05 budget

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners and county officials began trimming the proposed 2004-2005 budget on Tuesday in the regular commission meeting to make ends meet. The revenue money Roosevelt County has is not generating enough interest to offset its expenses, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. Hardin said the amount for revenue was $2.8 […]

DeBaca debacle: residents want sheriff out

By Darrell Todd Maurina Rex Pope once supported Sheriff Gary Graves and his election campaign. Now, the man who’s lived in De Baca County for 17 years said he has collected more than 300 signatures of people he says want Graves out of the office. “On the petition it says, ‘We, the registered voters of […]

Sheriff upset over funding discrepancies

Kevin Wilson For the second time in two years, Tom Gossett is doing some campaigning. Gossett, who won the 2002 sheriff’s race on a platform of proactive law enforcement, is now taking time to react to what he feels is inadequate funding to protect Roosevelt County. “It’s something like building a house or doing anything […]

County officials plan budget, hear requests

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission officials went through a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon during a special session, to review each department’s request and the Sheriff’s Department and the Detention Center stressed their need for some of the highest budget increases. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Tuesday’s special session was the first of three […]

County lobbyists discuss Legislature

Tony Parra County lobbyists kept the Roosevelt County Commission up to speed on bills in the New Mexico Legislature and the results on Tuesday. Roosevelt County lobbyist Mike Miller presented the commission with an update on the priorities for the county in the 2004 state legislation. Miller said the legislation ended on Feb. 19, but […]

Four wheels for a buck

Mike Linn Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett doesn’t shop for police cruisers at the dollar store. But he recently stumbled across a deal from an agency that sells police vehicles for $1 in an effort to beef up Homeland Security nationwide. Here’s the catch: The cars would be laced with advertisements from local, regional and […]

Sheriff expresses concern

Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett expressed several concerns at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, from a shortage in police escorts for females to computer problems to the use of $4,000 confiscated from an inmate who was selling marijuana in jail over the summer. Currently, inmate guardians escorting inmates to other facilities get paid […]

First female deputy sheriff remembers her days of law enforcement

Tony Parra Roosevelt County’s first female deputy sheriff didn’t earn mounds of respect from fellow male deputies right away. But Nancy Cox didn’t allow her male co-workers — who initially sent her on prank calls — to dampen her desire to fight crime. Cox is first female deputy sheriff for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, […]

Female deputy not count’y first after all

PNT Staff Oops. Female deputies are rare in the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office, but Natalie Broglie will not be the first in the department’s 100-year history as the Portales News-Tribune reported on Thursday. Bekki Hall, executive secretary for the sheriff’s office, said she had researched the issue and found no documentation supporting another female deputy […]

New female deputy first in 100 years

Tony Parra A female deputy sheriff is on patrol for the first time in 100 years at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, according to department executive secretary Bekki Hall. Natalie Broglie earned the deputy position on Sept. 17. She is currently training for the position, and will be a full-fledge deputy after two weeks of […]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

County to set rates for vehicle inspections

By Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to charge residents a set rate for choosing to have vehicles inspected by the sheriff’s department rather than by the Motor Vehicles Division. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said the free service provided by his department has at times tied up one of his employees two […]