Artesia Literacy Council Needs Some Help

The Artesia Literacy Council is searching for directors to help with budgeting, planning and designing programs for its adult tutoring program. Spokesperson June Marie says the program still needs funding for some special programs. Marie says she has seven committed GED students, four citizenship students who are nearing completion of the citizenship class, and 12 English as a Second Language students. She also says the program last year helped a man in his 50’s who had never learned to read. If you are interested in helping with the program, you can call June Marie at the Artesia Literacy Council. Her phone number is 575-748-9740.

Carlsbad MLK Celebration Coming Up January 12-15

IN JANUARY, THE CITY OF ROSWELL WILL CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS….

CARLSBAD’S MLK CELEBRATION IS JANUARY 12th THROUGH THE 15th. IT’S A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF EVENTS PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND. CARLSBAD MAYOR DALE JANWAY MET — THIS WEEK — WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO SIGN A PROCLAMATION DECLARING THE CITY’S CELEBRATION. THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE IS ALSO HOLDING A BREAKFAST ON DECEMBER 9th.

Former Roswell Police Recruit Accused of Child Solicitation

WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT A ROSWELL POLICE RECRUIT ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON CHILD SOLICITATION CHARGES. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

25-YEAR-OLD ALONSO BARRIENTOS WAS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF HIS TRAINING WITH THE DEPARTMENT…BUT WAS FIRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER BEING ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF CHILD SOLICITATION WITH AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BELIEVE BARRIENTOS WAS IN COMMUNICATION WITH AT LEAST TWO BOYS IN THEIR EARLY TEENS. THE RELATIONSHIP CAME TO LIGHT AFTER A MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CALLED POLICE. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, ROSWELL POLICE CHIEF PHILLIP SMITH SAID HE WAS DISGUSTED WITH BARRIENTOS’ BEHAVIOR.

Artesia Man To Run For State Treasurer

An Artesia man is jumping into the race for New Mexico State Treasurer. Jason Hessler boasts nearly 20 years of experience in financial services. Right now, Hessler is the Senior Vice president and trust division manager at First American Bank. A statement from Hessler Monday says that he has the knowledge, experience, and discipline to manage the state’s finances. Away from finances, Hessler serves in the Indiana Air National Guard. He is also on the governing board of Artesia General Hospital.

26th Annual Christmas on the Pecos Starts Friday

ONE OF SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO’S MOST POPULAR HOLIDAY TRADITON KICKS OFF THIS WEEK. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

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MIKE CALVANI IS WITH THE CARLSBAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE…
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TICKETS FOR THE BOAT TOUR START AT 15-DOLLARS PER PERSON. FOR MORE INFORMATION…GO TO CHRISTMAS ON THE PECOS DOT COM.

Volunteers Working to Make Roswell’s Main Street ‘Magical’

VOLUNTEERS ARE WORKING TO TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN ROSWELL INTO A WINTER WONDERLAND. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KATHY LAY WITH MAIN STREET ROSWELL TELLS ME THE WORK ACTUALLY BEGAN ON SATURDAY…
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XCEL ENERGY HAS DONATED THE LIGHTS FOR THE PROJECT…LAY SAYS THEY HOPE TO HAVE THE WORK — ALONG MAIN STREET — DONE BY THURSDAY.

Gas Prices Could Fall Before Thanksgiving

GAS PRICES ARE RELATIVELY STABLE AND COULD HEAD LOWER BEFORE THANKSGIVING DAY. DARRELL MOODY HAS DETAILS…

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SENIOR PETROLEUM ANALYST PATRICK DEHAAN — WITH GAS BUDDY — SAYS OIL IS TRENDING DOWNWARD AS WELL…
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ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A…DRIVERS IN ARTESIA ARE PAYING AROUND 2-DOLLARS AND 50-CENTS PER GALLON.

Artesia Church Celebrates New Worship Center Opening

Artesia’s Faith Baptist Church invited the public to attend an open house celebrating its expansion over the weekend. Last year, the church starts construction of a new 900 seat worship center along Grand Street in Artesia. Lead Pastor Robby Ballew says the new facilities should help grow the church’s mission. There is a new state-of-the-art video production suite along with the brand new entryway foyer. The open house was held on Saturday, followed by a grand opening service on Sunday.

Judge Rules to Allow Temporary Worker Housing Project in Eddy County

PLANS FOR A CONTROVERSIAL RV PARK IN LA HUERTA ARE MOVING FORWARD…

LAST WEEK A DISTRICT JUDGE RULED AGAINST EDDY COUNTY…ALLOWING DEVELOPER CODY NORTHCUTT TO CONTINUE WORK BUILDING TEMPORARY WORKER HOUSING. NEARBY RESIDENTS HAVE FOUGHT NORGHCUTT’S PLAN FOR AN RV PARK AND THE COUNTY APPLIED FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER. COMMISSIONERS HAVE ALSO DRAFTED A WORKFORCE CAMPS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES PARKS ORDINANCE…BUT WITH NO SUCH ZONING IN PLACE, THE COUNTY CAN’T INFORCE ANY BUFFER BETWEEN NORTHCUTT’S PROPOSED RV PARK AND OTHER PROPERTY OWNERS.

Pecan Weevil Quarantine In Effect in SE New Mexico

THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS ISSUED AN EMERGENCY PECAN WEEVIL QUARANTINE FOR CHAVES, CURRY, EDDY AND LEA COUNTIES. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THE STATE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT…RESTRICTING LOCAL PECAN EXPORTS…
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BRAD LEWIS IS DIVISION DIRECTOR WITH THE DEPARTMENT…
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THE QUARANTINE IS IN EFFECT FOR 180 DAYS.