Archives for November 2015

Man sues Roswell Police over alleged wrongful shooting

A man claims Roswell Police wrongfully shot him at his home.

Richard Johnson has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Albuquerque.

He says the shooting happened after a family member pistol-whipped him during a fight.

Johnson has accused the police of shooting him without identifying itself two years ago.

Court documents show he had a concussion from the fight, and then he walked two miles home with a bleeding gash.

The lawsuit claims an officer arrived at his apartment a few hours and called for him.

It also claims Johnson came to the door with a pistol, but the police shot him without telling him to drop his weapon.

The AP reports the city manager has not returned an email for comment.

SBDC to present health insurance Q&A

The Roswell Small Business Development Center and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday host a question and answer session over health insurance.

It happens during lunch to give small business owners and business managers a chance to ask insurance questions.

The Swickard Agency can answer questions from noon to 1 o’clock at the chamber.

You can bring your lunch and participate in the session.

Please contact the SBDC to reserve a spot.

Film studio requests new curfew

The Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Authority meets on Thursday.

It hears an appeal from Roswell Movie Studios, which has requested a permit to allow “nightclub” uses for the studio property in the Mission Hills Industrial Park.

The Roswell Daily Record reports a variance would allow unrestricted on-site filming and production events at any time of day or night.

Right now, the county has a 10 p.m. curfew.

Roswell holds art show

An artist from Lincoln County spent part of the weekend offering advice.

Kelly Moran spoke with customers at the 33rd annual Christmas Fantasy Art Show at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center on Saturday.

The Roswell Daily Record reports the event featured dozens of New Mexico artists.

They sold handmade crafts that included original paintings, tooled leather goods, and items that had to do with aliens.

St. Andrew’s celebrates 120th anniversary

Roswell and Chaves County have proclaimed today St. Andrew’s Day.

This celebrates the 120th anniversary of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on North Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifth Street.

The Roswell Daily Record reports it all began in 1891 when the Skipwiths wrote to a bishop.

They asked the bishop to establish a mission quickly. He made it happen three years later.

In honor of St. Andrews Day, the church has decided to hold a reception and dinner.

Calico Christmas attracts hundreds

Hundreds of people over the weekend fought the weather to attend the Calico Christmas arts and crafts show.

The Pecos River Conference Center hosted the 33rd annual event.

The show provided not only wreaths and ornaments that you would normally find at this time of year, but it also had jewelry, clothing and quilts.

Organizer Pat Beason told the Current-Argus that people often go to the early morning sales on Friday, and then they come to the show for the weekend.

WIPP Gets Safety Bunkers

Nearly two years have passed with the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad was shut down due to radiation leakage in an underground storage area. Operations have remained on-hold until additional safety measures could be installed. Some of those measures recently arrived: eight safety bunkers will be installed to provide refuge chambers for site workers in the event of containment issues. The bunkers can hold up to 20 people for 36 hours in case of emergency.

NM to Get Share of Federal Energy Development Revenues

New Mexico is getting a slice of federal energy revenues from natural resource development over the last fiscal year. The state will be getting nearly $500 million, second in the nation behind only Wyoming’s $886 million. State officials say the funds will go toward public education and helping with local infrastructure upkeep.

Snow, Ice Covering Roadways in Southeastern NM

Snow and ice are covering roadways around southeastern New Mexico today as winter weather moves through the area. Chaves, Eddy, and southern Lea counties are under a winter weather advisory through 5am tomorrow morning. Northern Lea and Roosevelt counties are under ice storm warnings during that same time period. U.S. Highway 54 and state highways 55 and 247 were all reported snow-packed and icy as of 9:30am this morning.

Roswell Faces Growing Illegal Dumping Problem

Illegal dumping is becoming a bigger problem in Roswell, with some neighborhoods and open lots attracting everything from household garbage to construction debris. City officials are unsure what is causing the spike in illegal dump sites but urge residents to take the initiative on cleanup efforts, saying cleanliness usually leads to safety. Roswell’s waste services says the city produces about 1,800 tons of garbage each day and asks citizens to call for bulk item pickups and to report illegal dump sites immediately.