Archives for September 2018

NMMI Parents Club Donates Uniforms to JROTC Program in Tohatchi

THE NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE IS HELPING TO OUTFIT A JROTC PROGRAM IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

NMMI CHIEF OF STAFF, COL. DAVID WEST, SAYS THEY WERE ABLE TO DONATE ABOUT TWO DOZEN UNIFORMS TO A JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM AT A SCHOOL IN TOHATCHI…
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WEST SAYS THE ORIGINAL REQUEST CAME FROM NEW MEXICO CABINET SECRETARY JACK FOX WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

New Mexico Environment Department Hosting Public Hearings in Eunice

THE NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT GROUND WATER QUALITY BUREAU IS HOSTING A PAIR OF PUBLIC HEARINGS THIS WEEK IN LEA COUNTY.

AT ISSUE…A DISCHURGE PERMIT REQUEST FOR WASTE CONTROL SPECIALISTS FOR WASTEWATER DISCHARGE…JUST ACROSS THE STATE LINE IN TEXAS. DEBORAH READ IS WITH CITIZENS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO RADIOACTIE DUMPING…
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THE FIRST HEARING IS TUESDAY AT 1 O’CLOCK AT THE EUNICE COMMUNITY CENTER…ANOTHER HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON WEDNESDAY.

Candidates Forum Tuesday at NMSU Carlsbad

THERE’S A LOCAL CANDIDATES FORUM THIS WEEK IN CARLSBAD. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY-CARLSBAD, THE CARLSBAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EDUCATION COUNCIL AND THE CARLSBAD CURRENT-ARGUS…HOSTING A CANDIDATE’S FORUM TUESDAY NIGHT. FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE US SENATE CANDIDATES FORMER GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON AND MICK RICH. NEW MEXICO PUBLIC LANDS COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD AND PATRICK LYONS WILL BE THERE AS WELL. AS WILL STATE REPRESENTATIV DISTRICT 55 CANDIDATE CATHRYNN BROWN. NMSU CARLSBAD PRESIDENT DOCTOR JOHN GRATTON WILL SERVE AS MC FOR THE EVENT. THE CANDIDATE FORUM IS FROM 6-TO-8 IN ROOM 153 AT NMSU-CARLSBAD. IT’S OPEN TO TEH PUBLIC.

Eddy County Employees Getting 10% Payraises

The Eddy County Commission has approved an across-the-board 10 percent payraise for nearly every county employee. In Tuesday’ 4-1 vote, Commissioner John Henry was the only one who said no to the proposal. District 5 Commission Susan Crockett saidf the time has come for the county to give back to its employees, who on average, make less than other county employees across the state. She said the move will also help the county attract and retain good workers. The only two county employees that won’t receive payraises are County Manager and his assistant. Employees must have a satisfactory evaluation in order to get the one time payraise. As for the budget, the move is expected to cost the county about 2.3 million dollars annually.

Mothers Sue Over State’s Childcare Assistance Program

A group that advocates for single mothers is now suing the state of New Mexico, saying the state’s child welfare agency is using vague regulations to deny child care help to thousands of low income families. The complaint was filed late Tuesday in state district court by several women and the nonprofit organization OLE. The plaintiffs contend the Children, Youth and Families Department is illegally denying child care assistance to families with incomes over 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which amounts to a yearly income of $31,170 for a family of three. They argue that parents with incomes up to 200 percent of the poverty level are eligible to receive the help. The agency also is accused of not informing families of their right to appeal decisions denying aid.

NM Bike Plan Draft Available for Review and Public Comment

THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION WANTS YOUR HELP DEVELOPING THE STATE’S “BIKE PLAN.” DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THE DEPARTMENT…RELEASING ITS LATEST DRAFT OF THE PRIORTIZED STATEWIDE BICYCLE NETWORK PLAN FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT. IT’S A MAP OF PRIORITIZED BICYCLE ROUTES ON STATE MAINTAINED AND OWNED ROADS. THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR BICYCLE FACILITIES THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO ROAD USAGE, AND TYPES OF BICYCLISTS USING THE ROUTE. FROM NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 9th, THE PLAN WILL BE AVIALBLE FOR REVIEW ONLINE AT BHINC.COM/NM-BIKE-PLAN. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO NMBIKEPLAN@BHINC.COM.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic and Pet Adopt-a-thon Saturday in Roswell

THERE’S A RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC AND ADOPT-A-THON TOMORROW AT THE RUSS DEKAY SOCCER COMPLEX IN ROSWELL. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THE CHAVES COUNTY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION…TEAMING UP WITH THE ROSWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT’S ANIMAL SERVICES FOR THE EVENT. MEGHAN HELLES IS KENNEL MANAGER…
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TOMORROW’S EVENT RUNS FROM NINE TO NOON.

Artesia Walmart Hosting Child Safety Seat Clinic Saturday

TOMORROW IS NATIONAL SEAT CHECK SATURDAY AND THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION IS CONDUCING A CLINIC AT THE ARTESIA WALMART. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

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JEREMY MONZANARES IS THE STATE’S LEAD INSTRUCTOR FOR CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY…
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ARTESIA’S CHILD SAFETY SEAT CLINIC IS OPEN TOMORROW FROM 10-TO-NOON.

Ground Broken For New Carlsbad School

Education news in Carlsbad, where ground has been broken on Lea Street for the new 23.4 million dollar school that has yet to be named. Right now, it’s just being called simply School #3. School DIstrict Spokesperson Natasha Mackey told the CUrrent Argus that the facility will be able to hold just shy of 700 students and will combine Joe Stanley Smith and Craft. The new school is expected to be open by January of 2020.

Hobbs Woman Charged With Embezzling $144K

Southeast New Mexico authorities have charged a Hobbs woman with embezzling about 144-thousand dollars from her employer. The Lea County Sheriff’s Office says 35 year-old Karrie Torrez used her company’s credit card and checking account for persoinal purchases. Things went south for Torrez after the business owner at Lea County Roadside called police when the card got declined for being over limit. Court documents also claim that Torrex deleted transactions within the business’s financial accounting software that totaled more than 25-hundred dollars. Torrez was released on a recognizance bond after being boioked into jail. A court hearing is scheduled for October 10th in Lovington.