Archives for February 2017

Space Port Takes A Step Forward

Federal authorities have given the green light on a key step to upgrade a southern New Mexico road to an aerospace economic hub. The Bureau of Land Management issued decisions on an environmental review of the proposed road improvements. That would lead to a graveled or chip-sealed road being built from Interstate 25 to the remote spaceport in southeastern Sierra County. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority is paying for the roughly 14 million dollar road improvement project. The project has been plagued by delays and other setbacks, as Virgin Galactic worked to develop and test its spacecraft.

It’s March Out The Trash Time

People in Roswell residents now have the chance to get rid of unwanted electronics and large household goods and appliances for free. They will also be able to dispose of household hazardous waste for free as part of this special month-long event. The city of Roswell’s Department of Sanitation is hosting its annual March Out the Trash event each Saturday in March. In addition, household hazardous waste, paint, fuel, batteries and household chemicals, oils can be thrown out at the municipal landfill for free each Saturday in March, too.

New Roswell School Board Additions

The Roswell Independent School District’s two new board members, and two incumbents, will be sworn into office during a special meeting tomorrow. District 1 incumbent, Mona Kirk, who was appointed last fall to fill the shoes of longtime member MacKenzie Hunt, will be sworn in, as well.

House Committee Says No To Weed

A committee in the New Mexico House voted along party lines Monday to reject a bill, sponsored by three local lawmakers, that would have required local approval for proposed medical marijuana dispensaries. House Bill 334, sponsored by Candy Spence Ezzell and Bob Wooley of Roswell, and Artesia’s Jim Townsend, would have required that the New Mexico secretary of health notify the local municipality or county of the proposed location of a medical marijuana dispensary…and of the health secretary’s intent to approve the issuance of a license for that location.

Pirtle’s Bill Up For A Vote

A bill, putting New Mexico on daylight saving time year-round on Monday cleared its second committee and is headed to the Senate floor for consideration. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3, to advance the Mountain Daylight as Permanent New Mexico Time bill, which passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee by an 8-0 vote on the 14th. State Senator Cliff Pirtle’s bill would keep New Mexico on daylight saving time for 12 months, instead of the current eight. If enacted, March, 12th would be the last time New Mexicans change their clocks when they “spring” forward.

American Flights Out Of Roswell A Hot Item

Local aviation officials are pleased with the popularity of air service from Roswell to Phoenix after a year. They say the American flights have been a soaring success and is ready to grow. Figures from the previous 21 weeks of service show an average occupancy rate of 69 percent, with a high of 80 percent and a low of 57. Officials with Roswell and the economic development group say the flights need to average about 80 percent to meet the airline revenue requirements. The city is hosting a public anniversary celebration Thursday at the Roswell International Air Center, where a new jet will be introduced.

Brush Blaze

Crews are taking on a fire in the Lincoln National Forest. The Seven Cabins Fire is roughly 30 percent contained. Officials say heavy winds and dry vegetation is fueling the blaze. No homes are in immediate danger.

Fatal Home Fire

A Las Cruces man dies in an apartment fire. City crews were dispatched to the Casa Pueblo Apartments. They made their way to the second-floor bedroom, where they located the 67-year-old victim. Paramedics tried to revive him, but were unsuccessful.
He was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The one apartment was heavily damaged. The investigation continues.

Area Man Faces Sex Charges

BLOUNTVILLE-A trial date is been set for a Sullivan County man, charged with multiple child sex crimes.

69 year old, Gary Wood appeared before the court in Blountville, charged with sexual battery, rape of a child, and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Wood is free on bond and is due back in court on April, 18th. The three victims, all ages 10 or under, were family members.

Fatal Skiing Accident

A 34-year-old New Mexico woman is dead after crashing into a tree while skiing at Purgatory Resort, near Durango. Kressyda Ming of Farmington was skiing with friends. An autopsy is scheduled for today.