Archives for January 2018

Deputy Involved Shooting Near Portales

There’s been an officer involved shooting up in Portales, about two hours north northeast of Artesia. Authorities are describing a bizarre scenario, where a Roosevelt County deputy opened fire. Several witnesses captured cell phone video of deputies chasing a man who was driving a front end loader up and down residential streets in Portales, bashing into people’s cars. When deputies cornered him with their patrol cars, the man jumped out of the construction equipment and ran on foot through a field. As deputies continued to give chase on foot, at least one shot was fired, and the suspect was injured. The unidentified man has been taken to a local hospital and is expected to be OK.

GOP Lawmakers Call for Criminal Justice Reforms Ahead of Legislative Session

STATE LAWMAKERS RETURN TO SANTA FE TODAY AND SOME ARE CALLING FOR MAJOR CHANGES TO COMBAT A RISE IN CRIME. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

ACCORDING TO THE FBI’S LATEST CRIME REPORT, NEW MEXICO LEADS THE COUNTRY IN PROPERTY CRIMES AND IS THE NUMBER TWO STATE WHEN IT COMES TO VIOLENT CRIMES. NEW MEXICO JUDGES ARE THE LOWEST PAID IN THE COUNTRY AND REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE CALLING FOR MORE MONEY TO BE SPENT ON THE STATE’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. GOP LAWMAKERS HAVE PRE-FILED SEVERAL BILLS IN ADVANCE OF THE SESSION TO INCREASE PENALTIES ON CRIMINALS, ELIMINATE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND OTHER MEASURES.

Home Heating Unit Blamed for Weekend Fire in Artesia

WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT A HOUSE FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND IN ARTESIA. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

INVESTIGATORS WITH THE ARTESIA FIRE DEPARTMENT SAY A HEATING UNIT WAS TO BLAME FOR A FIRE THAT DAMAGED A HOME ON QUAY AVENUE NEAR 26th STREET SATURDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE FIRE MARSHAL, THE HOME’S HEATER CAUGHT FIRE, FILLING THE HOME WITH SMOKE. BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, RESIDENTS HAD MOST OF THE FLAMES UNDER CONTROL. ALL OF THE OCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT OUT…AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED.

Friday Marks Final Day to Register for Chaves County Gardening Course

THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK TO SIGN UP FOR THE CHAVES COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE GARDENING SERIES COMING UP AT THE END OF THE MONTH. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

EXTENSION AGRICULTURE AGENT SANDRA BARAZZA SAYS OVER NINE WEEKS, PARTICIPANTS WILL HEAR FROM SPECIALISTS IN HORTICULTURE AND AGRONOMY COVERING MULTIPLE TOPICS…
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FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER…FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CHAVES COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE OR SEND AN EMAIL TO CHAVES AT NMSU DOT EDU.

Artesia Citizens Listen To Water Presentation

A water meeting in Artesia late last week. Mayor Phillip Burch and the city council held the meeting alongside the firm hired by the city to make recommendations about the water problems the city has had. Eight private citizens showed up. The company provided a presentation on the trichlor acid pellet systems that it is recommending to make sure the city doesn’t have another ecoli bacteria infection. Two of those systems have already been installed. One at the Roselawn Avenue and the other at the Lonesome Number 1 South well. A third well will get the system on Fifth Street, but the city is waiting on a few additional pieces of equipment to come in.

Highway 285 Meeting Focusus On Traffic Safety

Hundreds of people gathered in Carlsbad late last week in an attempt to curb highway deaths. US 285 has long been a hub for industrial big rigs from the oil and gas industry, but the highway has been deemed dangerous by a lot of local commuters who say there needs to be increased safety measures taken, considering there isn’t even a single passing lane on the stretch of 285 south of Carlsbad to the Texas border. Just since October seven people have died there in traffic crashes. The Nuclear Waste Partnership hosted Thursday’s community talk… a town-hall style meeting. This is the fourth year for the group meeting since the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant lost four workers in separate highway accidents. Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway says the oil and gas industruy cannot be completely blamed for the problem. After all, he says, there has been a problem for more than 50 years. Some are calling for a complete rebuild of the 285 corridor, but state officials say that would cost upwards of 100-million dollars.

Former Middle School Coach Enters Plea Deal for Fight With Another Coach

A FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH WILL AVOID JAIL TIME FOR A FIGHT LAST YEAR WITH ANOTHER COACH. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THOMAS DAVIS PLEADED NO CONTEST LAST WEEK TO A CHARGE OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT FOR A SEPTEMBER 5th SCUFFLE WITH MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD FOOTBALL COACH GABRIEL FLORES-DELARA. THE FIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO COACHES PLAYED OUT IN FRONT OF STUDENTS. DAVIS, WHO IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN, TOLD THE SCHOOL BOARD HE WENT AFTER FLORES-DELARA BECAUSE PLAYERS ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM REPEATEDLY USED THE N-WORD. UNDER THE TERMS OF HIS PLEA AGREEMENT, DAVIS WILL NOT SERVE ANY JAIL TIME…PROVIDING HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY RUN-INS WITH AUTHORITIES FOR THE NEXT 90 DAYS.

Carlsbad Police Adding Extra Patrols on Crash-Plagued Street

CARLSBAD POLICE WANT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC CRASHES ON A BUSY STREET. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THE CARLSBAD POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO 866 TRAFFIC CRASHES IN 2017. NEARLY A QUARTER OF THOSE CRASHES OCCURRED SOUTH CANAL STREET BETWEEN US HIGHWAY 285 AND LEA STREET. IN RESPONSE, CARLSBAD PD IS ROLLING OUT A SELECTIVE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE EXTRA OFFICERS PATROLING SOUTH CANAL STREET THIS WEEK. THEY’LL BE LOOKING FOR DRIVERS WHO ARE SPEEDING, FOLLOWING OTHER VEHICLES TOO CLOSE AND VIOLATING OTHER TRAFFIC LAWS.

State Senator Proposes Bill to Make Settlement Payments Public

LAWMAKERS IN SANTA FE ARE CONSIDERING A BILL TO END SOME GAG ORDERS. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR SANDER RUE PROPOSED A BILL LAST WEEK THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THE USE OF STATE TAX DOLLARS FOR SETTLEMENTS PAID OUT FOR HARASSMENT AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS…WITHOUT FULL DISCLOSURE TO TAXPAYERS. ALL VIOLATION SETTLEMENTS WOULD BE MADE PUBLIC AND POSTED ON THE STATE’S SUNSHINE PORTAL WEBSITE…ALONG WITH A SUMMARY OF THE FACTS LEADING TO THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT, THE NAME OF THE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OR OFFICE, THE AMOUNT OF THE MONEY PAID AND ATTORNEY FEES. ACCORDING TO RUE’S BILL THE POSTING ON THE SUNSHINE PORTAL WOULD OCCUR WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE EXECUTION OF THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.

Artesia City Council Candidates

Here are the candidates running for Artesia city offices. These are the people who filed by Tuesday’s deadline. Of course, we already mentioned yesterday that nobody else has entered the mayoral race, so it certainly appears that Raye Miller will be the next Artesia mayor barring anyone else who might run a write-in campaign.

As for the city council seats, in District 1, incumbent Raul Rodriguez will run against Delia Cortez Collier. In District 3, incumbent Kent Bratcher will have a challenger in Tommy Bailes. In District 4, incumbent Terry Hill has filed to run, along with a couple other challengers. Kenneth Hart and Kevin Baggerly also filed in District 4. Michael Mondragon was the only filer for District 2, so he will run unopposed and will also likely take that seat over from Nora Sanchez, who decided not to run again. Sanchez had only come out of retirement to finish the term of Jose Luis Aguilar, who died in August of 2016.

Any write in candidates still have until January 16th to file. Applications for absentee ballots will be accepted starting on January 30th. Early voting begins February 14th and will run through March 2nd at city hall in Artesia. Election Day is March 6th, when the polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. Artesians can vote at the polling location of their choice… Either the senior center or the Faith Baptist Church.