Archives for March 2016

NMSU programs listed on U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has recognized NMSU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice as one of the top graduate programs in the country.

The DNP program offers practitioner training in four specialties.

New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center recognized as nation’s best

The governor says the Small Business Administration has named the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center the best one in the nation.

The outreach center teaches veterans how to begin and manage a business.

Workshops combine with local chambers of commerce to show vets in rural communities how to get started.

Remains of Go Man Go out of Roswell, in at Ruidoso Downs

The remains of a three-time world champion horse have left Roswell.

Go Man Go and his grave monument have moved from the old Buena Suerte Ranch to Ruidoso Downs.

The horse died in 1983.

Track officials will bury most of Go Man Go’s ashes near the grave monument in the infield winner’s circle.

The rest will go to Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame.

Go Man Go won his titles in the middle 1950s.

Project could turn produced water into drinking water

A presentation at the Pecos Rivers Village Conference Center has highlighted a water project in Eddy and Lea counties.

The Current-Argus reports the project has to do with using produced water to improve drinking water.

Produced water comes from oil and gas drilling.

Martha Cather from the Petroleum Recovery Research Center says one oil barrel could produce six or seven barrels of water.

The project includes a database that shows produced water in different parts of the state.

The group has until the end of June to complete its research.

Roswell girl, 14, charged with burning down her home

Police report the booking of a 14-year-old Roswell girl for burning down her home.

Authorities believe she started the fire Wednesday after arguing with her stepmother.

Police say they fought over her skipping school.

The fire apparently erupted after the stepmother and her two sons went outside.

Fire investigators found a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid in the backyard. They see it as an accelerant.

Someone at the scene went to a hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

Authorities brought the blaze under control in a half-hour, but they call the home a total loss.

Local company helping make steel for Carlsbad Caverns elevators

The contractor fixing the secondary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns has hired a local subcontractor.

Hall Machine and Welding Company now has the job of making the steel that reinforces the guiderails in the cavern.

This family-owned business has already started making a dozen steel beams and six angle beams.

Repair work begins Apr. 11. The park hopes to have the elevators working again by the end of May.

The secondary elevators stopped working last summer because of steel problems.

Motor failure in November shut down the primary elevators.

RPD officer still on leave following fatal shooting

Roswell Police say the officer who fatally shot a man Saturday night remains on administrative leave.

The department says it happened after the man pointed a gun at three officers.

It has identified the man as 33-year-old Robert Guerin.

The department has only described the officer as someone who has worked for it for five years.

Police say Guerin refused to drop his weapon during a standoff.

Officers had responded to a pickup driving erratically, and someone in the truck pointing a gun from it.

They say Guerin ultimately drove into the driveway of his residence on South Aspen Avenue.

After a passenger got out of the pickup, police say Guerin got out of it carrying a shotgun.

They claim officers spent 20 minutes trying to negotiate with Guerin before the shooting.

Safety pause at WIPP ends

The DOE says work has resumed in two underground areas at WIPP.

Work stopped last month after employees found elevated levels of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

Taking a break has allowed officials to investigate these areas, and work has continued in areas the problem has not affected.

The DOE says ensuing improvements help ensure workers entering low airflow areas with potential poor air quality continue receiving enough protection.

During the break, it says all workers have received more training on using air monitoring equipment.

Japanese steakhouse opening in Carlsbad next week

Carlsbad soon has a Japanese steakhouse.

Tokyo Restaurant opens at some point next week in the Northgate Shopping Center.

Manager Annie Wang tells the Current-Argus that the opening date depends on staffing, among other things.

She says the restaurant intends to have cooks from different parts of the country because of the specialized skills required for hibachi cooking.

Wang also plans on hiring a host and a handful of servers.

The menu includes a special Carlsbad roll that contains teriyaki steak, cream cheese, and avocado.

RPD members honored with medals

Several members of the Roswell Police Department have received awards for outstanding performance and great sacrifice in the line of duty.

Among the honorees, Bart Devos has received a Purple Heart and a Medal of Valor.

A drug trafficking suspect shot Devos in the stomach as the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force approached him in the Taco Bell parking lot last July.