Roswell Police Cracking Down on Illegal Dumping

ROSWELL POLICE ARE CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL DUMPING AT THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE. THE BACK OF THE STORE HAS BECOME A POPULAR SPOT AFTER HOURS WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO GET RID OF WHAT SHOULD OTHERWISE BE THROWN AWAY. THE SALVATION ARMY ACCEPTS DONATIONS DURING BUSINESS HOURS, BUT POLICE SAY MOST PEOPLE ARE LEAVING ITEMS THAT EITHER DON’T WORK OR ARE NOT IN GOOD ENOUGH CONDITION TO BE RESOLD INSIDE THE THRIFT STORE. THE AREA IS MARKED WITH A “NO DUMPING” SIGN BUT POLICE SAY IT’S NOT WORKING.

ENMU-Roswell receives $2.8M for STEM education

Officials say a five-year grant can boost science, technology, engineering, and math education at ENMU-Roswell.

The Roswell Daily Record reports the $2.8 million in funding can especially help the school’s Hispanic students.

Vice president for academic affairs Ken Maguire says institutions with student bodies at least 25 percent Hispanic could have received the grant.

He claims Hispanics make up most of the ENMU-Roswell student population.

Maguire says this grant can help the university recruit and retain Hispanic students, create an innovation center for STEM learning and experimentation, and provide additional training and development for teachers in STEM fields.

Additionally, he says a laboratory from the 1980s changes into fabrication labs modeled after those at M.I.T.

Statewide gas average increases

The statewide gas price average has increased three cents from last week.

The AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch says the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded fuel now stands at $2.13.

However, that price still sits 14 cents per gallon below the number from this time last year.

Land commissioner and game commission announce three-year easement

The state land commissioner and the state game commission have agreed on a three-year easement.

This agreement at a million dollars annually allows access to certain state trust lands for authorized hunters, anglers, and trappers.

The land commissioner says this easement continues an agreement that dates back to last year.

Another rock fall at WIPP

The DOE says engineers at WIPP have found a rock fall in the former exhaust access drift to Panel 3.

Panel 3 closed nine years ago, and access to its openings have required management approval for the last two years. No personnel have had the ability to enter in the last year and a half.

This marks the second rock fall that engineers have identified in the last week.

Nuclear Waste Partnership and the Carlsbad Field Office keep working with others to identify more areas that may need to close.

Roswell man wanted for burglary, assault, battery, child abuse

Police in Roswell keep looking for a wanted man.

They have accused 35-year-old Teddy Sosa of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, battery, and child abuse.

Police believe Sosa beat a woman in a home on Monday and chased her around with a knife.

They think it all stemmed from him wanting to take their 14-year-old daughter.

Police also think Sosa threatened to kill the woman and her family.

Additionally, he allegedly beat her 18-year-old son and slapped the daughter.

Furthermore, Sosa apparently threatened a neighbor while holding what police call a “machete-like weapon” as he returned to his own residence.

Police say Sosa has three distinguishing tattoos. One on his left forearm says “Anisa,” another on his upper left arm says “Crazytown,” and he has one on his back

Anyone with any information on Sosa’s whereabouts should contact Roswell Police or Chaves County Crime Stoppers. Callers may remain anonymous, and callers to Crime Stoppers could collect a reward for an arrest.

Carlsbad ending recycling

Recycling in Carlsbad has come to a dead stop.

This has upset some residents, but city officials say they just don’t have the money to keep it going.

The city cites an equipment breakdown at the recycling contractor’s facility, as well as the rising cost to recycle.

Both the city and Rainbow Recycling call the decision to stop unavoidable because of increased cost and dwindling sales value. However, they hope to have a solution soon.

KRQE-TV reports glass recycling continues at the city’s convenience station, as does paper shredding services.

Xcel completes NM-TX power link

Xcel Energy has announced the completion of a transmission line across the state line.

The line spans 37 miles from the Curry County substation east of Clovis to the Bailey County substation south of Muleshoe.

Xcel says a study shows a need for a stronger transmission link in the area because of power demand and grid reliability.

Ground control review underway at WIPP following rock fall

The DOE says a ground control review has started at WIPP following a rock fall.

Crews found salt rock debris last week during routine monitoring and inspections of the Panel 4 entrance underground.

Panel 4 closed six years ago. It has seven rooms filled with waste.

The area went under restricted access this March. However, engineers two weeks ago found a bulge in a temporary closure that more strictly prohibited access.

Work continues to determine other areas underground that may need to close because of ground control concerns.

Contract approved for Crossroads project

Carlsbad’s city council has approved an operating agreement that brings the Crossroads project closer.

This approval also brings a $485,000 capital outlay grant from state lawmakers closer.

The Current-Argus reports the department of finance and administration would not proceed with the granting process without an agreement.

This deal between the city and Avalon Ranch allows them to work together to find a suitable location, but the city has the final say on where.

It also allows for purchase and renovation of a structure or for construction of a new facility.