Archives for May 2016

Dust settling following gas cloud near Malaga

Life continues getting back to normal following this weekend’s gas leak near Malaga.

The mishap at a drilling rig prompted the evacuation of a few houses.

The gas came from a well that had a blow out late Saturday night, although the gas did not catch fire.

The entire ordeal forced people in both towns to stay in their homes and turn off their air conditioning units.

The Current-Argus reports those who evacuated sought shelter at the Loving Fire Department.

No one reported any injuries.

LULAC wants Cesar Chavez holiday

The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens has made a Cesar Chavez national holiday a top priority.

LULAC has passed a handful of resolutions at its state convention in Roswell.

League members have tried to honor the labor rights leader lately. Members of the city council in Roswell withdrew their requests in March to have a street or building named after him.

This particular resolution from LULAC would make March 31 a national holiday.

The Roswell Daily Record reports another resolution involves access to voting locations by the disabled.

Hearing for Gutierrez pushed back to August

A Roswell veterinarian must wait again for his disciplinary hearing.

The state veterinary medicine board has pushed proceedings for Leandro Gutierrez back to Aug. 24, 25 and 26.

They could have started tomorrow at the Roswell Holiday Inn. Now they take place in August in a Chaves County district courtroom.

The Roswell Daily Record reports the reason for the latest postponement remains unclear.

The hearing responds to 40 complaints filed against Gutierrez for how he ran Roswell Animal Control Services.

He managed Roswell’s animal shelter for a decade.

Governor puts Roswell’s Hunter on district bench

The governor has appointed Roswell’s Dustin Hunter to Division X of the Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

This fills the vacancy that has resulted from the retirement of Steven Bell.

Hunter has practiced law in both New Mexico and Texas since 1998.

His legal background includes insurance and other business fields, criminal and civil defense, and juvenile and family law.

The governor’s office describes Hunter as active in many professional and non-profit organizations in the area.

Gas well blowout causes problem in Eddy Co.

A cloud of gas leaked from a well in Eddy County on Saturday night.

It forced people in Loving and Malaga to remain in their homes and turn off their air conditioners.

This also closed Highway 285 from Higby Hole to Malaga.

The Current-Argus reports the gas came from a well that had a blow out late that night.

Fire services director Robert Brader said that efforts focused on capping the well to stop the leak.

Watch out for Scammers

Graduation time is apparently yet another opportunity for scammers. The latest scam reported to the Roswell Police Department involves recent high school graduates (or their parents) receiving a call from someone claiming to be with an organization that will give the recent grad a sizeable amount of money to be used as a college scholarship. The scammer asks the intended victim to go purchase a prepaid debit card for an amount that will cover a “processing fee.” If the card is purchased, the scammer will ask the person for the card number, which will allow the scammer to access the money on the card. College is certainly a big expense for students and families these days, so getting a call offering scholarship money may be enticing. However, such calls fall into the category of “If it sounds too good to be true…” Remember to play it smart as you begin the journey to higher education! If you experience a scam like this, or any other, you can report it directly to the Consumer Protection Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office can be reached at 1-866-627-3249.

Sobriety checkpoints

State Police Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in Counties Across the State in June 2016. Statewide – State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of June 2016. Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families. Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision.

Summer Fun in Roswell

Summer fun is on the way in Roswell. The Murphy Family Splash Pad will opened on Friday at Poe Corn Park. The park is along East Second Street just east of Garden Avenue. The splash pad is named for the family of Bert and Martha Murphy, major donors for the project. Use of the splash pad is free to the public. The facility will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the summer.

Eastern NMU Roswell closed today

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will be closed today, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All campus offices will be closed and no classes will be held. The campus will reopen on tomorrow, May 31. For campus information, call 575-624-7000.

Trial of Deputies

The trial of a former deputy accused of murdering another deputy continues. Guests and employees at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces where former Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan allegedly shot and killed Deputy Jeremy Martin after transporting a prisoner in 2014, testified yesterday. A security guard said he heard gunshots and then saw Martin running and asking him for help with Chan coming seconds later. But the defense claims the security guard is changing his story.