Archives for September 2015

FLETC workers in Artesia end strike

Employees at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia have ended their strike.

A union organizer tells the Roswell Daily Record that the work stoppage has gained very little.

Striking employees have reduced union job protections following the approval of a collective bargaining agreement last week.

Employees went on strike in June after their union failed to reach a deal with a new maintenance contractor at the facility.

Because the company hired workers during the strike, these employees may not have the ability to return to their jobs.

Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15

The Aging and Long-Term Services Department reminds people that open enrollment for Medicare starts Oct. 15.

People 65 and older, some young disabled people, and people with end-stage renal disease and receive Medicare.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center hosts meetings statewide to answer questions about open enrollment.

Please see the department’s website for a full list of meetings.

You can also contact the center for help with Medicare open enrollment, which ends Dec. 7.

Information sought to find missing man

Roswell Police continue looking for a missing mentally disabled man.

They say 37-year-old Jacob Montoya failed to return home after going to the store Monday evening.

Police claim Montoya told his housemate that he simply wanted to go out for cigarettes. That housemate reported him missing.

Montoya stands 5’10”, weighs 140 pounds with a skinny build, and has short black hair with brown eyes. Police say he has no teeth.

Montoya wore dark clothes when he left the house.

Area designated for handicapped parking during fair parade

Roswell Police have identified a special area for handicapped parking during Monday’s Eastern New Mexico State Fair parade.

The “cut-out” curb parking on the east side of Main Street between Third and Fourth streets accounts for this special area.

Those with handicapped parking permits can start parking here Monday morning at 9 o’clock.

The parade begins at 10.

The route between 19th and McGaffey streets closes to traffic starting at 9:30.

Police expect the parade to last two hours.

SafetyFest seeks to build awareness and improve traffic safety

The third annual SafetyFest of Southeastern New Mexico happens soon.

The Pecos River Village Conference Center hosts it Oct. 13-15 as part of the Southeastern New Mexico Roadway Safety Integrated Project.

This safety conference focuses on accident awareness and prevention in various industries.

A special emphasis applies to motor vehicle safety throughout the conference, bringing attention to recent motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths in the region.

For more information, please visit

Roswell groundwater site may reach Superfund status

The Superfund National Priorities List may add an area of contaminated water in Roswell.

The EPA says several dry cleaning businesses ran there from 1956 to 1963.

It describes the contaminant of concern as a colorless nonflammable liquid that the dry cleaning industry uses.

This substance has turned up in alluvial aquifers underlying part of downtown.

The EPA says it poses a threat to the municipal and private drinking water, but not anytime in the near future.

The agency intends to work closely with the state and seek public comment before deciding whether or not to put this site on the list.

State parks offering transportation grants for outdoor classrooms

The state parks division wants schools and teachers to apply for transportation grants.

These would allow children to come to the parks this school year.

This marks the eighth year of the Kids ‘n Parks Transportation Grants.

You must apply by Oct. 16.

NM organ donor families celebrate gift of life

This past weekend, nearly 300 family members of organ, eye and tissue donors gathered to honor the Gift of Life at a balloon release in Albuquerque.

This gathering recognized and honored donors and their families. It also gave transplant recipients the opportunity to thank them for a second chance at life.

NM state fair attendance surpasses last year’s number

The state fair says this year’s total attendance has surpassed last year’s high.

It claims over 460,000 people have pass through the gates this year.

The latest number trumps last year’s number by 2,000.

Police, fire personnel honored with Hero awards

Homes for Heroes of Chaves County has honored two Roswell policemen and a Roswell firefighter.

Officers Charles Drake and Ricardo Olivares received Hero of the Year awards after they saved a man this past May.

The man had walked into an Allsup’s before passing out from loss of blood.

Drake and Olivares arrived before ambulance medics did, and they allowed this man to survive.

Lt. Tom Graham from the fire department won a Hero of the Year award for his long-standing dedication and service to the department and the community.