Archives for October 2015

State park officials remind hunters, anglers of boating safety

The state parks division wants hunters and anglers to keep safety as their top priority this season.

Among other things, the state wants them to wear their lifejackets should they venture into the water. It claims more hunters and anglers died each year from drowning than from gunshot wounds.

Additionally, the state advises people never to boat under the influence, and to avoid placing people in danger by overloading their boats.

Police alert Roswell residents of IRS scam

People in Roswell have received more scam phone calls today.

The caller claims to come from the IRS, and tells people they owe money.

The caller also threatens people with lawsuits.

The police department calls the IRS story one of the more prevalent phone scams. It says the service never contacts people by phone over money owed or possible litigation.

Police recommend people hang up upon receiving such phone calls. Never give out any personal identification or financial information.

Future of NMMI Amphitheater remains unclear

The Young Professionals for the Arts Collective has discussed its potential involvement in renovating and running th NMMI Amphitheater.

However, that involvement and the venue’s future remain in limbo.

YPAC president Rey Berrones says nothing can happen until its “legal group looks it over.”

The Roswell Daily Record reports Berrones saying YPAC would make a decision soon.

The city council has approved a deal that would allow YPAC to work out a deal with NMMI so that the community can use the venue again.

BWW to open in Carlsbad next Monday

Carlsbad has a new restaurant opening on Monday.

Buffalo Wild Wings opens its doors on W. Pierce St.

It plans on giving its first hundred customers a year’s worth of wings.

To qualify, you can line up starting at 10 o’clock that morning.

The company had originally announced the grand opening would take place yesterday, but the Current-Argus reports a company spokesman sent a news release yesterday with the correct date.

Metal storage building on fire in Carlsbad

A metal storage building caught fire this morning on South Main Street in Carlsbad.

The Current-Argus reports a large amount of smoke billowed for about a half-hour.

Firefighters evacuated people from nearby buildings and closed off the surrounding streets.

An employee at Knox Oilfield Supply next door said Mine Supply Co. owned the building that caught fire.

The fire chief says the cause remains unclear, but it may have started from people in the building cutting metal, which set oil-soaked rags on fire.

Roswell committees to hold street renaming meeting tomorrow

The Roswell City Council’s general services and infrastructure committees meet tomorrow.

They come together at 4 o’clock at the Roswell Public Library on N. Pennsylvania Ave.

The committees discuss the idea of renaming a couple city streets in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

Nevada Street would transform into Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue between Eighth Street and Country Club Road.

South Main Street would change into Cesar Chavez BOulevard between McGaffey Street and the entrance to Roswell International Air Center.

Artesia man accused of murder

An Artesia man now stands accused of murder.

A preliminary examination in court has led to the charge against 20-year-old Bobby Smith.

Authorities have arrested him following the shooting death nearly four years ago of security guard Michael Evans.

They say the 24-year-old Evans died from a gunshot to the head on Fifth Street.

He apparently called police to report suspicious activity near a building he guarded.

Smith has not entered a plea in the case.

No one has set a trial date yet.

Investigation continues into Roswell fire

The investigation continues into yesterday’s fire in Roswell.

It happened at an East Tilden home.

The fire caused significant damage, but no injuries.

The emergency response prompted Tilden’s closure between Garden and Mulberry streets.

Report: WIPP more focused on timeline than safety

A federal report suggests the rushing of operations at WIPP, with management focusing on meeting the scheduled reopening date more than doing things correctly.

The Current-Argus reports the DOE’s Independent Office of Enterprise Assessments has just released a document that examines the plant’s operations from May of last year to May of this year.

The plant shut down in February of last year, and it has only opened this month.

Carlsbad officials call this recent release unfair. The chairman of the mayor’s nuclear task force says many of the points in the report have already reached some form of resolution.

Carlsbad schools approve proposal for virtual school

The Carlsbad Municipal School board has approved a possible contract for a virtual school chartered outside the district.

The school could open next year.

The Current-Argus reports the contract stating the school could have 500 students from around the state in its first year, and then expanding to 2,000 students by its fifth year.

Assistant superintendent Kelli Barta says Pecos Connections Academy would start with grades kindergarten through eighth, and then eventually add the rest.

Money for the charter school would come from the state, not the district.