Archives for August 2015

5K Bubble Bash on Saturday in Carlsbad

Saturday’s family wellness expo includes the 5K Bubble Bash.

In addition to the race, 20 different nonprofits intend to show the community what they have to offer.

Linda Dodd tells the Current-Argus that Eddy County ranks as one of the counties with the highest rates of childhood obesity in the state.

Check-in for the race and registration on Saturday starts at 8:30 at the band shell. The race begins at 10:30.

RDR has new publisher

A member of the family that has owned the Roswell Daily Record for decades has taken over as publisher.

The paper has announced Barbara Beck’s arrival into that role.

Beck replaces Charles Fischer, who has resigned after eight years in that position.

Her father Robert Beck serves as president of Roswell Publishing. Her brother Cory Beck worked as the paper’s publisher for nearly two decades until he died in 2006.

Alumni group intends to appeal

The Institute Alumni Association has decided to appeal.

A court has ordered the group to surrender $5 million to NMMI.

The association’s Dan Whitfield tells the Roswell Daily Record that it continues operating at the Best Western Sally Port Inn & Suites as it awaits a ruling on its appeal.

Whitfield says it disgrees with May’s vote from the board of regents to terminate their agreement and cut all ties.

He believes the association remains affiliated with the institute.

Carlsbad city council passes resolution against gross receipts tax

Carlsbad’s city council has passed a resolution against the quarter-percent gross receipts tax that the county commission wants.

The council has also approved MOUs with the county to rebuild Standpipe Road around Lea Street, as well as rebuild North Canal between Orchard and Cherry lanes.

Additionally, it has asked for ideas on a leakage study to determine what healthcare services have left town and which healthcare needs remain unmet.

The council has also approved a loan application to fund projects at the Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex.

New requirements associated with food stamp eligibility delayed

The state has pushed back the timeline for certain low-income adults who must meet work and job-training requirements to remain eligible for food stamps.

The human services secretary tells The Associated Press that his department has decided to wait on implementing these requirements and make some changes.

This all follows concerns that have surfaced at recent public meetings.

Governor wants review of school district background checks

The governor has ordered an immediate review of whether or not school districts conduct timely criminal background checks of new employees.

This follows revelations that a high-level district administrator faced child sex abuse charges in Colorado, yet still got a job in New Mexico.

Carlsbad woman receives three years for trafficking

A judge has sentenced a Carlsbad woman to three years in prison for trafficking marijuana and meth.

After prison, 62-year-old Wanda Jo Bunch must have two more years of supervised release.

Bunch has admitted to trying to deliver meth and marijuana that law enforcement found in her apartment last year.

Agents with the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force also found her with $5,000.

Scam callers claiming to represent Xcel Energy

Roswell Police say people have informed them of a scam.

The police claim residents have received calls from people supposedly representing Xcel Energy.

The caller says the resident owes money and must provide credit card information to pay the bill immediately.

The caller also says the company has someone on the way to turn off the electrical service.

Additionally, the caller provides a callback number. When someone dials that number, a recorded greeting claims the person has reached Xcel.

Xcel Energy says it never contacts its customers this way.

Police say never give financial or other personal identification information over the phone unless you have initiated the call and know that person on the other end.

Giant panda caring for just one cub

The giant panda at the National Zoo has forced veterinarians to take care of one of her newborn cubs.

The team wanted to swap the cubs every four hours, but Mei Xiang has decided to care for just one of them.

The smaller cub has spent most of the time away from her mother.

The veterinarians have concerns over the three-day-old cub’s fluctuating weight. However, they feel confident Mei Xiang has taken very good care of the larger cub up to this point.

Judge: Alumni group must give up $5M to NMMI

A judge says the alumni association must surrender $5 million to NMMI.

However, the association may appeal this ruling to the state’s highest court.

This two year battle between the association and the institute has cost over a million dollars.

The judge says the association can either give the money directly to the institute or the NMMI Foundation.

Dan Whitfield from the association tells the Roswell Daily Record that its board of directors intends to have a conference call today to determine what it wants to do next.

Whitfield thinks the association remains tied to the institute, even though the institute’s board of regents decided three months ago to sever that relationship.