Archives for January 2016

Xcel Energy employees working safer on the job

Xcel Energy says it has turned into a safer place to work over the last eight years.

The company cites a key safety indicator that OHSA tracks.

OSHA uses a calculation that involves the number of workers and the number of injuries and illnesses.

For Xcel Energy’s Texas-New Mexico region, the company says this rate has declined 65 percent.

Statewide gas price drops seven cents

New Mexico’s statewide gas price average has dropped to $1.79 per gallon.

AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch says that sits seven cents below last week’s number, as well as seven cents below the one for last year.

By comparison, the national average has dropped eight cents in the last week to $1.86.

Cavern Theatre has three-part plan

A news release shows a three-part plan for The Cavern Theatre Project.

The Current-Argus has identified them as a primitive opening, a facade marquee, and major construction of the complete plan.

Project architect Frank Makay says work on these designs started last June.

The construction company has already completed asbestos abatement. This has removed the plaster ceiling, but it has also saved two murals on the wall.

Some new things planned for the theater include an improved plumbing system and 300 new seats.

Roswell BLM office to hold meeting

The BLM next week holds a meeting for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

This meeting allows people to voice ideas and concerns to develop a plan for managing the area.

The bureau’s field office in Roswell hosts this event next Thursday at 4 o’clock.

The BLM wants to protect the area’s biological qualities while preserving the shinnery oak-dune community.

Yucca Recreation Center shuts down for the final time

After 104 years, the Yucca Recreation Center has closed for good.

The city cites continuing structural issues, primarily a roof with significant leaks.

That situation has worsened from the recent blizzard.

The city continues moving forward in its process to build a new recreation center.

Carlsbad school board approves sale of bonds

Carlsbad’s school board has approved the sale of a $30 million bond.

It accounts for the second half of the $60 million bond from 2014.

The money allows the district to continue working on three new elementary schools, but it still may need more money.

School board president Abel Montoya tells the Current-Argus that he feels glad to finish the bond sale so progress on the project can continue.

Roswell Police looking for pickup and suspect

Roswell Police continue looking for a white four-door pickup.

This stems from an incident last night where someone inside it tried to lure a 12-year-old girl to come with him.

It all apparently happened near Altrusa Park.

Police say the pickup has dark-tinted windows. The center of its back window has a white sticker featuring flames or another design.

They describe the suspect as a overweight Hispanic man with an unkempt mustache and beard.

Overall crime decrease in Roswell

Roswell had less crime this past year than it did in the previous year.

The city says a drop in property crime led the way in reductions.

However, Roswell had slightly more robberies and assaults last year than it did in 2014.

The police chief says homicides, robbery, and assault often have ties to drug activity. He says the department continues addressing drug crime by working with law enforcement agencies at all levels.

Carlsbad kid grows giant cabbage, wins scholarship

A nine-year-old boy from Carlsbad now has an extra thousand dollars for college.

Kaleb Rodriguez grew a 14-pound head of cabbage last season.

Bonnie Plants has now honored him with an award.

This national company produces vegetable, herb, and flower plants.

Kaleb’s name has emerged from a drawing among several finalists in the state who have all grown large cabbages in the last year.

His simple secret: He says he watered it and brought it in at night.

State departments encourage radon testing in homes

New Mexico’s health and environment departments encourage people to test their homes for radon.

Radon testing comes easier during cooler weather months when people tend to close up houses for warmth.

Breathing in radon can increase the risk of lung cancer. The risk increases for people who smoke.

You can buy radon test kits at local hardware and home improvement stores.