- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - An eastern New Mexico sheriff facing a budget crunch has decided to close his office on Fridays for the next two months to conserve electricity.

The Portales News-Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/n2dF5h) Sheriff Malin Parker recently made the announcement but said deputies will still be out on patrol on Fridays. He said the administrative office just won’t be open for business.

The move comes after Parker says his office is about to reach the maximum they can spend on utility costs for the current fiscal year.

Since returning $85,000 of his budget to the county for their $1.3 million deficit, Parker says he has nothing to make up for going over his utility budget.

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Information from: Portales News-Tribune, https://www.pntonline.com

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