Archives for December 2015

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Roswell city officials, emergency first-responders and emergency managers are asking the public not to travel within Roswell or throughout Chaves County, the winter weather is causing big problems. While street and highway crews continue to work on the roads, the roads at this time remain impassable and extremely dangerous to travelers. The New Mexico Emergency Management Agency has issued a Civil Emergency Message warning people not to attempt to travel. High winds and blowing snow have led to extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions throughout Chaves County. Snow drifts of up to 10 feet, near zero visibility and wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph have created extremely hazardous travel conditions.
Roswell received an estimated 14 to 18 inches of snow from just Saturday night, through yesterday. Too much snow has fallen in the last 48 hours, and the likelihood of motorists getting stranded on impassable roadways is high and those who are stranded may face a long wait before very busy emergency responders can respond to assist them.

X-cel Energy has massive outages of power. At last report 11,745 were in Clovis, N.M.. Since the beginning of the storm on Saturday, they have had almost 30,000 customers affected by service interruptions at one time or another.

All our available personnel are involved in restoration efforts. We don’t anticipate that weather conditions will improve until Monday, so more outages are possible. Customers are cautioned to stay away from downed power lines and report outages or damage to the system at xcelenergy.com/outages or by calling 1-800-895-1999. We also encourage our customers to check on their neighbors to make sure everyone is staying warm and safe.

Hardware stores were quite busy over the weekend. Stores were flooded with homeowners looking to clean up the snot and ice that was left behind. The items selling fast are, ice melt and shovels, plastic sleds
and toboggans.

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The winter weather that we are experiencing, is also making it difficult for everyone expecting their Sunday edition of the Current Argus. The delivery truck got stuck in White’s City. Publisher, Rynni Henderson, said a tow truck was having a hard time getting out to the vehicle. It’s been a treacherous weekend with the wintry mix. The Newspaper apologized for any inconvenience it caused their readers, but they wanted to be cautious with their drivers safety.

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Good Afternoon, I’m Maryrose Hamilton

Holloman Air Force Base will be a temporary shelter for hundreds of immigrant children from Central America.
It’s being reported that, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has directed the base to house up to 400 children starting in January. The children are currently in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Alamogordo (Al-uh-muh-gore-dough)
Chamber of Commerce President Mike Espiritu says health department officials have already visited Holloman to see if the site could work. The children will be housed in a vacant building that was used by the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron. He says all the children have been immunized and screened for possible diseases.
The children are considered refugees who fled strife in their homeland or are trying to reunite with family in the U.S..

The Human Services Department is providing more money for more clothing for children in New Mexico. The approval will help more than 15-thousand kids as households get an additional 50-dollars per child to buy clothes. The kids live in homes receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Keep in mind, a winter weather travel advisory is in effect for the Four Corners and the north-central mountains. The big weekend storm expected to affect the state, including the Eastern Plains. Blizzard Watches are in effect from Raton to Roswell and as far west as the East Mountains beginning Saturday.

Several new sports safety laws are now in force. A bill sponsored by new Mexico Senator Tom Udall was signed into law by President Obama. It requires federal authorities to create standards for helmets, and for companies to stop deceptive claims regarding sports equipment for kids.

On Christmas Eve, A crash closed westbound I-40 near the Big I (eye) for several hours.
The crash took place around 4 p.m. and caused a backup from the Big I (eye) to Carlisle for six hours. Police have not released much information, and the scene is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.

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Residents throughout New Mexico are being warned to expect the days following Christmas to be especially white and blustery. The Weather Service says strong winds behind a cold front will bring blowing snow across parts of the Eastern Plains.

New Mexico State Police say a California woman is dead and six other people are critically injured after a vehicle rollover east of Deming. Police say the accident occurred about 5 a.m. yesterday, on Interstate 10. The injured were airlifted to a Texas hospital in critical condition.

One motorist was killed after icy conditions along U.S. Highway 550 in northwestern New Mexico, contributed to multiple accidents. The Farmington Daily Times reports that the New Mexico Department of Transportation said in an advisory that the highway was snow packed and icy south of Bloomfield.

Prosecutors don’t want to move the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man. Apparently, defense attorneys want a change of venue outside the city. In court documents, the prosecutors say Albuquerque’s large population would offer a bigger jury pool than anywhere else.

Police say a suspected drunk driver ran into an Albuquerque bus stop, injuring several pedestrians.
Police spokesman Daren DeAguero says the incident happened around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday near Central and San Mateo. According to officers, a man allegedly hit a bus stop where there were four pedestrians.
DeAguero says three of them had to be taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.
The fourth suffered scratches and did not require hospitalization.
The driver is being investigated for possibly driving while intoxicated.

It was tough news for Henry Rosas and his family. Someone broke into their storage shed and in the process, Henry’s wfe and stepson’s ashes were stolen. He really wanted them back, so he put an ad in the newspaper.
He received an unexpected phone call from a lady who found the ashes not far from the storage shed.
For now, the remains will be kept in a safe until Rosas and his family make it to Oregon to spread his wife’s ashes. “I found a good place, it’s by a creek. It’s a beautiful place, something she would really like,” he said.

This is so sweet…..Presbyterian Hospital continued its longstanding tradition of giving stockings to babies born on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Six volunteers made 40 stockings by hand.
And what is really cool this year, is, the little ones are also getting matching hats with their stockings.

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Veterans are getting some much needed help. Magil Duran, President of the Southeast New Mexico Veteran’s Transportation Network out of Rosewell said the organization has helped over one thousand Veterans since
November 31st. The Network offers their service to any veteran in southeastern New Mexico that needs a ride to their doctor’s appointments, and other VA business.
Drivers for the network drive on their own time, and they will pick up a veteran at their house.
Recently, the transportation organization had acquired in Carlsbad a new handicap capable van that includes a chair that can lift a person up and out of the van.

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Good Afternoon, I’m Maryrose Hamilton

Police say they were forced to do use something unusual, to save a Roswell’s woman’s life, Wednesday morning. According to Todd Wildermuth with the Rosewell Police Department, “They knew somethiing
had to be done right then since they had seen what she had done by pouring gasoline and having a lighter there in her possession. They knew they needed to act to protect her,”
Shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers responded to a phone call of a woman who was attempting to commit suicide in a Sam’s Club parking lot.
“They knew quick action was needed before she could harm herself so they used a beanbag gun to fire a few beanbags at the vehicle so that provided enough distraction so that another officer could open the door and another was able to take her out of the vehicle safely,” Wildermuth said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she will receive appropriate medical attention.

More than four months after his suspension, Albuquerque Public School’s Chief Financial Officer, Don Moya, could step foot back in the district.
APS recently invited Moya back to work with the same pay and benefits as before, only a new job title.
Moya was suspended in August after former Superintendent Luis Valentino mistakenly set him text messages that appear to be meant for New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, saying he was going after Moya. Emails also surfaced later showing a dispute between Moya and former Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez over vendors. For now, Ferlic said Moya still plans to return even with new responsibilities, but they’ll continue to fight for APS’ head of finance title.
Moya’s lawyer said she believes he was given a new job title out of retaliation for his whistleblower lawsuit against APS.

Some very sad news for University of New Mexico Lobo fans as Head Coach Bob Davie announced the death of one of his players. “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce that Tuesday afternoon we lost a member of our Lobo family.” Sophomore, Markel Byrd, 20, was killed in a single car accident Tuesday afternoon near Gallup as he was driving home for the holidays with his girlfriend.

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Police say they were forced to do use something unusual, to save a Roswell’s woman’s life, Wednesday morning. According to Todd Wildermuth with the Rosewell Police Department, “They knew somethiing
had to be done right then since they had seen what she had done by pouring gasoline and having a lighter there in her possession. They knew they needed to act to protect her,”
Shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers responded to a phone call of a woman who was attempting to commit suicide in a Sam’s Club parking lot.
“They knew quick action was needed before she could harm herself so they used a beanbag gun to fire a few beanbags at the vehicle so that provided enough distraction so that another officer could open the door and another was able to take her out of the vehicle safely,” Wildermuth said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she will receive appropriate medical attention.

More than four months after his suspension, Albuquerque Public School’s Chief Financial Officer, Don Moya, could step foot back in the district.
APS recently invited Moya back to work with the same pay and benefits as before, only a new job title.
Moya was suspended in August after former Superintendent Luis Valentino mistakenly set him text messages that appear to be meant for New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, saying he was going after Moya. Emails also surfaced later showing a dispute between Moya and former Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez over vendors. For now, Ferlic said Moya still plans to return even with new responsibilities, but they’ll continue to fight for APS’ head of finance title.
Moya’s lawyer said she believes he was given a new job title out of retaliation for his whistleblower lawsuit against APS.

Some very sad news for University of New Mexico Lobo fans as Head Coach Bob Davie announced the death of one of his players. “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to announce that Tuesday afternoon we lost a member of our Lobo family.” Sophomore, Markel Byrd, 20, was killed in a single car accident Tuesday afternoon near Gallup as he was driving home for the holidays with his girlfriend.

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Cody Mejia, 21, who shot two teenagers in May will serve 15 years in prison.

The Carlsbad man shot two boys, 14 and 18 years old, outside his home in the 1700 block of Calloway
Drive. The boys were shot repeatedly, but both survived. The two told police that they were at Mejia’s home
to sell a rifle and that they knew him, from previous drug deals.

Mejia fled Carlsbad after the shooting, and was arrested in Las Cruces after a quick standoff with police.

Bike run Sunday for kids who lost parents in car accident

A bike run this Sunday helps two children who lost their parents last weekend in Carlsbad.

A car wreck last Sunday killed 24-year-old Charity Hamilton and 26-year-old Rayford Price, Jr.

Their vehicle crashed into a tree on Old Cvern Highway and Walker Farms Road.

Now the Guardians of the Children Pecos Valley Chapter have come together with the owner of The Workz Auto Salon.

Adrian Sanchez at the salon has started collecting toys and clothes for kids, ages five and two.

The bike run begins at 11 o’clock Sunday in Artesia.

WIPP workers accept new deal

WIPP workers have accepted a contract from Nuclear Waste Partnership.

This follows negotiatons on a wage increase dating back to the end of July.

The union represents employees who handle waste, perform facility operations, and conduct maintenance and mining.

The new contract gives workers a 14 percent raise over four years.

Workers also have coming their way a ratifying bonus of $1,800.

Some employees receive retroactive or back pay from the end of August.

The Current-Argus reports representatives from both sides saying the focus now turns to reopening WIPP.