Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

At the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Approved awarding janitorial services for the Roosevelt County Public Health Office. • Approved the acceptance of a water storage tank for the Arch Fire Department. • Decided not to appoint road viewers for the closure of South Roosevelt Road 2 1/2 as […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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File photo Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Orlik, shown during arguments in the homicide trial of Anthony Casillas, died Saturday at Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. 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 […]

Area communities receive block grants

By 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 that applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Clovis firefighters prepare to hose down the remains of a grass fire along New Mexico Highway 202 Tuesday afternoon. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the […]

Club notes — May 8

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The April 20 Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary executive committee meeting was called to order by President Sid Phillips by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as read by Secretary Adele Breech. Peggy Jones, substitute treasurer presented the treasurer’s report. In keeping with the economy and […]

Reader-submitted content: Roosevelt hospital offers students experience

Students from throughout New Mexico and West Texas have been gleaning clinical hours and vital direct patient care experience in several Roosevelt General Hospital departments and at the RGH Physicians Clinic this semester. Nursing, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, pharmacy and the emergency department have provided a teaching environment to allow students to develop and grow […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Good reads, a prayer day and a pink Cadillac

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A good read The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County on Thursday. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. Special meeting The Curry County Commission meets […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Kenneth Workheiser of Transmatic Wrecker Service and Curry County Deputies Michael Brockett and Erica Romero man a roadblock on U.S. 70 near Southwest Cheese Company LLC during the grass fire April 17. Workheiser said he was there in case a fire truck needed help. Twenty-eight fire departments fought […]

Portales family has near miss with fire

Alisa Boswell The Grubbs family of Roosevelt County had a close shave with Sunday’s fire. Scott Grubb said he and his wife had only been home for 30 minutes when they realized there was smoke nearing their house. Grubbs said he stepped into the back yard to look and realized the fire was nearing them. […]

One family’s home saved by inches; another consumed in fire

Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said the fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him his home area was […]

Our people: Jackie Clark has helped organize the Roosevelt County fair for more than 20 years

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A bench at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was dedicated in Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark’s honor after she helped organize the county fair for more than 20 years. Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark helped organize the Roosevelt County Fair for more than 20 years. She began volunteering at the fair […]

Three grass fires burn about 2,500 acres in Roosevelt County

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Firefighter Cody Padgett of the Portales Fire Department hoses down some newly erupted flames from one of three fires in Roosevelt County along New Mexico Highway 70 Tuesday afternoon while Firefighter Mike Chaves drives. The three fires burned about 2,500 acres along the highway. Freedom New Mexico Three grass fires […]

Monday morning briefing: Open meetings, quirky quote and the King killing

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Open meetings Two Roosevelt County governing bodies are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes the issue of whether to close a 1-mile section of South Roosevelt Road U. • Portales City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales resident Nancy Gentry said her poodle, Zuni, intentionally avoids photographs. Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced […]

Portales man facing felony charges

Freedom New Mexico After a short chase, a Portales man was arrested Friday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender and resisting arrest, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Covington, 43, was apprehended near South Roosevelt Road 5 Lane and South Roosevelt Road U about 11:30 a.m., according to a […]

Curry, Roosevelt Hispanic populations jump

Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

Portales teen dies in single-vehicle wreck

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a one-vehicle wreck in Roosevelt County Monday night. Michael Galvan was killed in the wreck, according to the New Mexico State Police. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said state police were called to the scene of the crash on Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X […]

DA says pleas help victims, save money

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CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson Almost half, 44 percent, of cases closed in fiscal year 2010 in the 9th Judicial District courts were closed through plea agreements. District Attorney Matt Chandler said that translates to a higher percentage of convictions than any other district in the state. Sharna Johnson The 9th Judicial District Court in Roosevelt […]

Organizers say they’re pleased with Ag Expo turnout

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan John Baker of Friona carries his Australian kelpie puppy into the ring during the working dog clinic Wednesday at the New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Baker said he comes to the expo every year. Argen Duncan The New Mexico Ag Expo ended Wednesday with an average […]

Portales resident Karl Terry named Roosevelt chamber director

Argen Duncan Portales native Karl Terry is the new executive director at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Terry, former Portales News-Tribune managing editor, officially starts work Monday, although outgoing director Sharon King is expected to stay on until the end of February. “Out of all the candidates, Karl had the most overall experience, and […]