Archives for August 2016

Udall joins colleagues in concern over Mylan price hike

Tom Udall has joined 19 fellow senators in expressing concerns over Mylan’s price hikes for the EpiPen Auto-Injector.

Udall says he has heard from many families whose doctors have told them to carry an EpiPen because of severe alleries.

However, he says these families have struggled to afford it.

Increases in spending not keeping with inflation or student population

A report shows New Mexico spent less per student on public education last year than it did before the recession.

In the two years since then, funding increases have fallen below the paces of inflation and student population growth.

This study from New Mexico Voices for Children also shows the state equalization guarantee rose steadily between 1984 and 2008. However, when that same funding takes inflation into account, it shows spending did not keep up with inflation in those years.

Man arrested for robbing Rent-A-Center in Carlsbad

Carlsbad Police have accused a man of trying to rob a store Saturday.

They believe 25-year-old Matthew Collins went into the Rent-A-Center on North Canal Street and demanded money.

A report shows Collins wore a mask and carried a weapon as he ordered the manager to open the safe.

Capt. John Moyers claims police tried negotiating with Collins for seven hours. He says the response included tear gas and flash bang grenades.

Police eventually found Collins in the building’s ceiling.

Xcel Energy warns of scams

Xcel Energy says it keeps hearing more reports of scammers contacting customers about paying over the phone.

The company compares this to past scams where impersonators can “spoof” an Xcel number so it looks like the call comes from there.

Customers behind on their bills receive disconnect notices in the mail before any attempt to reach them by phone.

Judges eliminate Chaves Co. grand jury

Judges say they have disbanded a grand jury in Chaves County because of a lack of funding.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that judges in the Fifth Judicial District have broken up the county’s second grand injury because they don’t have enough money to pay jurors.

The judges last year denied a citizen petition asking for an 18-month grand jury. However, they convened a grand jury in the county for three months.

The second grand jury formed in May.

Roswell mayor Dennis Kintigh calls this latest development disappointing and disturbing. He says he offered to discuss how the city could contribute to funding the jury, but the judges did not respond.

Albertsons employee accused of stealing meat

A man allegedly stole $1,900 worth of meat from Albertsons in Carlsbad.

The sheriff’s office says it arrested 26-year-old Mikeal Hurtado last week after store managers began investigating store losses.

Hurtado had worked at the supermarket since February.

The sheriff’s office says video inside the store caught him removing boxes from it.

Investigators ultimately found stolen meat in freezers at Hurtado’s residence.

They charged him with embezzlement and receiving stolen property.

Oil and gas lease auction in Roswell on Thursday\

An auction of oil and gas leases on federal federal lands happens on Thursday in Roswell.

The BLM says it begins at 9 o’clock that morning at the Convention and Civic Center.

Bidder registration begins at 8 o’clock.

The BLM originally wanted to hold the auction in Santa Fe.

Allison Sandoval from the bureau tells the Roswell Daily Record that the move has nothing to do with protests during an auction at the state capital.

The BLM says it has 36 parcels available that combine for early 14,000 acres.

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area closing tomorrow and Wednesday

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area closes tomorrow and Wednesday.

The Forest Service says this needs to happen to keep people safe during range operations that involve herding and transporting cattle out of the area.

The closure includes the trails close to the area.

Personnel anticipate reopening everything on Thursday, the day before the Labor Day weekend begins.

The incoming gate at Sitting Bull Falls opens at 8:30 in the morning and closes to incoming traffic at 5 o’clock. The outgoing gate closes at 6 o’clock.

WIPP takes step towards reopening

Workers at WIPP on Thursday moved simulated nuclear waste to prepare for resumed emplacement operations.

The DOE watched as radiation control technicians and waste handlers did this as part of the Management Self Assessment process.

The Current-Argus reports this process should have taken three hours, but various delays pushed it back to five.

The Management Self Assessment team has issued a report to WIPP officials with recommendations on issues they have seen during simulations that need correcting.

The DOE’s operational readiness review determines whether or not the facility can reopen.

Event Wednesday in Roswell focuses on oil and gas industry

An event this coming Wednesday focuses on the benefits of oil and gas in the region.

The parking lot at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center welcomes people who want to stand with the industry.

“Support O&G in NM” begins Wednesday evening at 6:30.