Archives for February 2016

Report: More homelessness in Carlsbad because of oil struggles

With the oil industry having trouble, officials in Carlsbad see an increase in homeless people.

The Current-Argus reports the region’s residents have fallen on hard times with low oil prices.

The Carlsbad Transitional Housing and Homeless Shelter says 170 homeless adults live in the city.

Carlsbad Municipal Schools have 240 children with temporary housing addresses.

The city council has voted to contribute $310,000 to upcoming affordable housing projects.

Flights start Thursday between Roswell and Phoenix

Flights between Roswell and Phoenix begin on Thursday.

Roswell International Air Center and American Airlines start the route that day involving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The flight arriving in Roswell late in the day ends with a water cannon salute over the plane.

The first flight to Phoenix leaves soon after that incoming plan arrives.

The City of Roswell says this new service brings convenience and opportunity to those flying to the west, as well as those looking to discover all of the great offerings in southeast New Mexico.

New speed limit begins tomorrow in Carlsbad

Carlsbad tomorrow begins enforcing a new speed limit in residential areas.

Unless signs say otherwise, starting tomorrow the speed limit in these places drops down to 25 miles per hour.

It has remained at 30 miles per hour until now.

The city council finalized the drop to 25 at a meeting in January.

The police chief claimed multiple residents had requested the change because of traffic issues.

The Current-Argus reports this does not affect business districts, as their speed limit remains 30 miles per hour.

Carlsbad Caverns elevator repairs moved to May

Officials at Carlsbad Caverns say they plan to have a temporary solution for the lack of elevators at the park by May.

The Current-Argus reports they plan on fixing some of the steel guide rails in the freight elevators that make the descent into the cave.

The elevators have not for a year. Park engineers called them unsafe, noting deterioration in some of the rails in the shaft.

Without the elevators, you can reach underground through the natural entrance, which means a steep 750-foot descent and ascent.

Military families: Be on guard against fraud

The securities division from the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department wants military members and their families to protect themselves from investment fraud.

The division can provide detailed information about an investment product, broker, or adviser.

It encourages people to visit its website to see the investor education materials it provides.

ENMU-Roswell Foundation announces spring scholarship recipients

The ENMU-Roswell Foundation has announced its spring scholarship recipients.

The foundation has given over $11,000 to students this semester.

Five of them have received $1,000.

Carolina Fitisemanu has received the Saul Sanchez Nursing Scholarship.

The Claribel Marshall Trust Scholarship has gone to Micah Anderson and Anakaren Medina.

Kallea Wilkinson has won the Sharon Farris-Stern Nursing Scholarship.

Colette Acosta has earned the Thomas Coates Memorial Aviation Scholarship.

Nominations starting for Carlsbad 40 Under 40

The Carlsbad 40 Under 40 Council has started accepting nominations for this year’s class.

This annual event honors 40 people for both their occupational and community leadership.

Candidates under 40 must work in a paid full-time professional position. They must also have a leadership role in their work or volunteer life.

Additionally, they must either work or live in Carlsbad, and they must attend the banquet Apr. 26.

All nominations must surface by Mar. 31.

Please visit the website of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce to nominate someone.

State task force to help breastfeeding parents

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force has started a project to help parents reach their infant feeding goals.

Efforts focus on linking communities and hospitals to create breastfeeding friendly environments for the state’s families.

The project director says this includes specific support for eight hospitals and general support for all 30 hospitals with maternity care facilities.

CO levels stop work at WIPP

The manager of WIPP has halted work because of poor air quality in parts of it.

Officials with the Nuclear Waste Partnership have announced a “safety pause.”

Instruments that workers carry have detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

Work remains stalled until a plan forms to ensure worker safety.

WIPP has remained closed for two years since an inappropriately packed drum of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory popped its lid and released radiation.

The to-do list to reopen it includes installing a temporary ventilation system.

Roswell looking to make up $1.4M budget gap

Roswell faces a budget shortfall of $1.4 million.

KOB-TV has identified poor economic trends with the state’s gas and oil prices as one the culprits for this financial problem.

The state’s gross taxes serve as a general fund, and they pay for much of the city’s needs.

While the city conitnues looking for ways to make up the gap, it has not yet made any cutbacks on its facilities.