Archives for January 2016

Man arrested for Carlsbad Christmas Eve shooting

Carlsbad Police have arrested a suspect in a Christmas Eve drive-by.

The Current-Argus reports they have charged Emanuel Olivas with shooting from a motor vehicle resulting in great bodily harm and shooting at a dwelling or occupied building.

Authorities say someone sprayed bullets from a car as Robert England sat with a woman in his truck.

A bullet remains lodged near the stem of England’s brain. He remains in stable but critical condition.

A criminal complaint describes the shooting as apparent retaliation for a fight that did not involve England.

List of “at risk” agencies includes Carlsbad and Lake Arthur

The state auditor has the annual list of state and local governments considered at risk based on the latest audit cycle.

Since 2009, government agencies have made the list for failing to submit their annual audits.

However, this year, entities have also made the list for receiving audit opinions that show significant problems with financial statements.

Municipalities on the list include Carlsbad and Lake Arthur.

The Carlsbad Irrigation District has also made the list.

State agencies on it include Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Public Safety, and the Health Policy Commission.

New rules fighting aquatic invasive species

Game and Fish has announced new rules that it says can help fight the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The amendments result from the desire to fight zebra mussels and quagga mussels, among other things.

The changes include mandatory watercraft inspection any time an inspection station operates.

Another one means inspecting and, if necessary, decontaminating out-of-state registered watercraft, or watercraft re-entering New Mexico.

State lawmakers seek to fix Carlsbad sinkhole

State lawmakers want to stop the collapse of the sinkhole at Carlsbad’s South Y.

The legislature’s website shows a bill could fix the brine well in Carlsbad.

It requests $150,000 from the state general fund for next year’s budget and through subsequent years.

The Carlsbad I&W Brine Well formed as a solution mine that the company ran at the current location from 1979 to 2008.

The mine, however, closed after its process of injecting fresh water into the ground to dissolve salt and extract brine formed an underground cavern.

Coca-Cola plant in Portales to close

A plant closure in Portales could cause 59 people to lose their jobs.

Coca-Cola has announced plans to consolidate its production by closing this facility and sending its services to other factories in Abilene, El Paso, and Oklahoma City.

The Clovis News Journal reports the Clovis plant remains open, but its warehouse operations move to Amarillo.

Vendor fair in Roswell on Friday

Entities that develop and manage capital projects and public purchasing in Roswell can participate in a vendor fair on Friday.

The city sponsors this event, which all types of vendors can attend to learn more about the bid process for city projects and purchases.

They can also find out about current and future projects, as well as register with the city to know when bid opportunities surface.

The vendor fair begins at the convention and civic center at 8:30 Friday morning.

After lunch, the state purchasing division runs a request for proposals training session at 1 o’clock.

Investigation continues into Carlsbad shooting

Carlsbad Police continue investigating Monday’s shooting on National Parks Highway.

Police and EMS found a man in his 30s with gunshot wounds near Russell Street that afternoon.

They say they found him breathing and conscious at the time.

Police claim they have identified and found witnesses, as well as collected evidence from the scene.

Detectives have obtained further leads.

The man remains in stable condition.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Carlsbad recycling glass

Carlsbad residents can now recycle their glass.

The solid waste department says Guadalupe Mountains National Park has donated a pulverizer.

This makes it possible to recycle “bottles and jars of all colors, shapes, and sizes.”

However, residents cannot recycle window glass, ceramic materials, or light bulbs.

You can drop off glass at the new solid waste convenience drop-off center on East Plaza Street, the recycling station on Lamont Street, or behind the Buffalo Wild Wings on West Pierce Street.

St. Andrew’s starts food pantry for pets

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Roswell has started a new community ministry.

Four Paws Pet Pantry helps people care for pets during tough economic times and emergencies.

Pantry coordinator Sally Wistrand says every third Wednesday of the month, expect to find a food pantry for pets.

The food bank sets up from 4 to 7 that afternoon on that day each month, starting Feb. 17. You can find it at the church’s main office on North Pennsylvania Avenue across 5th Street from the post office

Nuclear waste leak settlement reached

The state and the DOE have signed $74 million in settlements.

These follow dozens of permit violations following the radiation leak that closed WIPP.

These settlements rank as the largest ever between a state and the DOE.

WIPP has remained closed for nearly two whole years.

A waste container burst and released radiation into the facility underground.

Surface monitors recorded low levels of radiological contamination, and the release exposed 22 workers.

However, officials said none of this posed a threat to nearby communities.