Archives for July 2015

UNM changes approach to student orientation

The University of New Mexico has revised its new student orientation with a message concerning sexual misconduct.

Incoming freshmen must spend a couple days on campus learning about not only sexual assault, but also financial responsibility and alcohol.

With the DOJ reviewing how the campus handles rape cases, UNM has changed its orientation to communicate with students in a more interactive way.

In previous years, orientation has used skits to show a variety of issues — including drinking and sexual misconduct.

Report: Eddy Co. has high DWI conviction rates

Eddy County has the fourth-highest DWI conviction percentage in the state.

The Current-Argus cites the annual statistical report on DWI Court Dispositions in New Mexico.

While the county’s numbers look good compared to most of the rest of the state, its conviction rates have actually dropped from previous years.

Convictions rates have dropped, but so have DWI-related deaths in the county.

Sex offender arrested following alleged incident in Roswell

Roswell Police have arrested a registered sex offender.

They have accused 34-year-old Raymond Morales of targeting a mentally challenged woman.

It all apparently stems from an incident Tuesday evening at a park in south Roswell’s “base” area.

The woman claims a man approached her and two other women at a table at the park.

After Morales asked them questions, he allegedly grabbed this one woman by the arm and took her behind a building.

The woman reported this to officials at ENMU-Roswell to prompt this response.

NM not suffering as much from drought

Nearly half the state has freed itself of drought conditions.

This follows the fourth-wettest six-month period the state has ever seen.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a drought’s presence statewide last year.

At that time, prevalence of severe drought totaled 77 percent. Now it has dropped to one percent.

Carlsbad to build new outdoor water park

Carlsbad’s city council has approved a budget for a water park.

The spending plan contains $3 million for a water park at Lake Carlsbad Beach Park.

City officials tell KRQE-TV that some private donors may donate to the project.

Councilor J.R. Doporto says he has pushed for this for over a year, and he hopes to have it operating by Memorial Day.

Road in Artesia to receive new surface

NMDOT plans on resurfacing two miles of Route 82 in Artesia this month.

The stretch runs between 7th Street and 12th Street.

As long as the weather cooperates, the project should take just a month to complete.

Drivers can expect lane closures and flaggers in the area.

Road clear following deadly Lea Co. accident

State police continue investigating a fatal crash in Lea County.

They say it happened on Route 380 between Roswell and Tatum, just west of Caprock.

All the travel lanes in this section finally reopened this morning.

Investigators say the crash involved two cars and a semi.

Report: Union involved in FLETC strike under investigation

The NLRB may have started investigating the union representing employees at the FLETC in Artesia.

The Current-Argus cites a news release from Omni saying the board sent an investigator to the training center last week.

The union represents 50 service workers who went on strike last month over disputes with Omni.

The strike began after the workers and Omni could not come together on a collective bargaining agreement.

If the investigation finds the union at fault, then the NLRB can sue it.

First miles of Rio Grande Trail established

The governor has directed the state parks division to designate 20 miles in six parks as the first miles for the Rio Grande Trail.

The proposed trail would stretch 500 miles from Texas to Colorado.

The first parks involved: Elephant Butte Lake, Caballo lake, Leasburg Dam, Mesilla Valley Bosque, Percha Dam, and Rio Grand Nature Center.

Quick turn, quick thinking expose stolen vehicle in Roswell

A quick turn and quick thinking led to a stolen vehicle and two arrests in Roswell.

Police say an officer Friday morning found a pickup on East McGaffey Street.

They claim as soon as she showed up behind it, it turned onto another street.

The officer called in the vehicle, and she learned someone reported it stolen from Portales.

She watched its occupants go inside a residence after it parked on East Albuquerque Street.

Other officers eventually found 29-year-old Jimmy Baca of Portales and 25-year-old Katie Duffey of Roswell in the backyard.

Police say both of them had meth in their possession.