Archives for October 2015

Governor announces record-breaking year for New Mexico’s film industry

The governor says New Mexico’s film industry injected $290 million into the economy last year.

She calls that the largest economic impact in state history.

Pentaceratops moved

Two New Mexico National Guard Black Hawk helicopters have airlifted fossils from the Bisit Wilderness/Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area.

The bones include the skull and part of the full skeletal remains of the first baby pentaceratops dinosaur ever discovered, as well as the skull of an adult pentaceratops.

They have used a National Guard vehicle to make their way to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

Rates on silver plans clarified

Rates for New Mexicans for the second-lowest silver plans have increased just seven percent for open enrollment.

New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange says Health and Human Services earlier this week incorrectly reported the state had a rate increase of 28 percent for the second-lowest silver plan.

This serves as a benchmark for the subsidies that eligible members of the exchange receive.

The exchange says this incorrect report resulted from not yet listing the carrier offering this coverage.

Major cross country meet in Roswell tomorrow

Top junior college distance runners from New Mexico and Texas come to Roswell tomorrow.

NMMI hosts them in a regional cross country championship.

This meet includes women’s teams from NMMI, NMJC, El Paso Community College, Odessa College, Ranger College, South Plains and Western Texas.

All schools except NMMI and NMJC plan on bringing men’s teams, too.

Several of the teams rank in the top 25 nationally.

Former jail guard convicted in kidnapping case

A former jail guard awaits sentencing in a kidnapping case.

This follows a Roswell Police investigation two years ago that led to four arrests.

It all stems from the abduction and severe beating of a man whose attackers left him for dead on a road south of town.

Police say 23-year-old Bryan Ramos drove the car in the case. They claim he and three others forced this man at gunpoint into the vehicle.

The ride stretched from a park off South Main Street in Roswell to a lonely road south of Hagerman.

Police believe the beating followed a $300 drug deal that ended badly.

Ramos worked as a county detention officer at the time. His sentencing hearing could have happened this month, but court has postponed it and has not rescheduled it.

Of the three other defendants, one has pleaded guilty and the other two go to trial in December.

Grant writing workshop next week in Roswell

A grant writing workshop next week helps organizations learn about pursuing grant opportunities.

The Roswell Small Business Development Center and the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corporation host this event Wednesday at the corporation’s office on North Main Street.

It runs from 1:30 to 3:30.

Anyone can attend for free, but all attendees must contact the center to register.

Spring registration to open at ENMU-Roswell

Spring registration begins for ENMU-Roswell very soon.

It opens online on Sunday, and on campus on Monday.

Students can register over the Internet at, or on campus any time during regular business hours.

Additionally, students can apply for admission online.

The spring semester begins Jan. 19.

Artesia Police have purse-snatching suspect

Police believe they have a suspect in violent purse-snatching in Artesia.

A woman walked into work at Yates Petroleum last week as a man tased her and grabbed her purse.

Police identified the getaway car and a house connected to all this.

KRQE-TV reports they already have the suspect behind bars on unrelated charges, but they have not identified him.

Bob Light dead at age 88

Former state lawmaker Bob Light died Monday night at age 88.

Light began serving as an Eddy County commissioner in 1979. He earned a seat in the statehouse three years later, holding it until 1996.

Carlsbad last year accepted his donation of the Cavern City Theatre, and the city continues working on transforming it into a performing arts center.

Light also donated the land that NMSU now calls home.

The funeral takes place Nov. 14 at Grace Episcopal Church at 10:30.

Health department encourages testing for lead poisoning

The state health department wants you to test your homes and children for lead.

This reminder comes during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

The state says lead-contaminated dust from deteriorating lead-based paint and buildings accounts for a major source of lead exposure.

The health secretary says lead poisoning can have potentially serious consequences like learning disabilities, reduced IQ, and behavioral problems.