Archives for July 2017

VO-HANCOCK-Fireworks

Officials call 4th of July fireworks a “dud.” Rich Hancock has details…

The city of Roswell has expressed dissatisfaction with the services of a Texas-based contractor assigned to provide fireworks this Fourth of July at Cielo Grande Recreation Center. The city and Roswell Fire Department are well aware that many citizens share their disappointment. Roswell officials have said they will take the necessary steps to restore the quality of the fireworks show, and ensure there are no more “duds” during the community’s Fourth of July celebration. I’m Rich Hancock Reporting.

VO-HANCOCK-NM Tourism

New Mexico tops in tourism. Rich Hancock has details…

Governor Susana Martinez announced 34.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2016 – shattering the previous record. New Mexico is a leader in tourism, with trips to the state growing at double the national average. Martinez says “A record number of people are visiting New Mexico, and that means more money being spent in our communities…” 2016 was the largest single-year increase in visitation since the introduction of New Mexico True as the state’s tourism marketing brand. I’m Rich Hancock Reporting

VO-HANCOCK-Judicial Salaries

Judges salaries considered Wednesday. Rich Hancock has details…

An independent panel of legal experts is considering the salaries of New Mexico’s judges in hopes of making recommendations for an increase in the 2019 fiscal year.The six-member Judicial Compensation Commission met Wednesday. The salaries of New Mexico judges have remained unchanged since 2014. A survey by the National Center for State Courts shows the annual salary for a district judge in New Mexico ranks lowest in the nation. I’m Rich Hancock Reporting.

VO-HANCOCK-Teen Cyclist Recovering

A Roswell teen is recovering from a motorcycle crash. Rich Hancock has details…

A teenage motorcyclist, seriously injured in a crash Monday at around 8:30 pm on North Main Street, is reportedly recovering after being flown to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The extent of 18-year-old Jonathan Martinez’s multiple injuries was not reported by family members, who said the Roswell teen was conscious Tuesday and in stable condition following the crash. I’m Rich Hancock Reporting.

VO-HANCOCK-Firefighter Rescue

An off-duty firefighter was still saving lives. Rich Hancock has details…

Off-duty Roswell firefighter Carlos Garcia was in the right place at the right time to pull two men from a burning truck. Garcia heard a loud noise Friday and went outside to find a furniture truck that was involved in a wreck was on fire. Two men were trapped inside. Garcia and another man were able to free them, but the other driver, 47-year-old Sean Michael Murphy of Roswell, died at the scene. I’m Rich Hancock reporting.

VO-HANCOCK-Animal Shelter Staffing

Staffing issues at the Roswell Animal Shelter. Rich Hancock has details…

The Roswell Animal Shelter did not accept animals after 12 noon this Saturday. Todd Wildermuth, the city’s public information officer, said the reason the shelter is not able to accept any more animals during this period is due to limited staffing. Wildermuth said that it’s possible the shelter may not be able to receive animals the upcoming weekend either, but said the staffing issues are temporary. All other services, including adoptions, will remain available during regular business hours. I’m Rich Hancock Reporting.