Archives for June 2020

Multiple Burglaries Solved In Eddy County

The Eddy COunty SHeriff says several buildings at a man camp in Malaga have been burglarized. According to a statement from the sheriff, deputies responded to the man camp located near Bramble Road and Nicolas Road and founda ppliances and numerous other items were stolen, totaling about 25-thousand dollars. However, surveillance video was used to capture the license tag of a suspcisious vehicle that was seen in the area and deputies went to a home at 1625 Pecos Highway where they observed some of the stolen property. Two people, Donovan MacArthur Montoya, and Patience Justine Gonzalez were arrested.

Roswell PD Search For Man Accused Of Killing His Brother

New information on that shooting in Roswell we first told you about yesterday. Roswell Poclie now searching for a man by the name of Alberto Ceballos, who is 34 years old. Ceballos is accused of shooting and killing his own brother Wednesday morning. Ceballos is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and has numerous tattoos all over his body. ROswell PD says Ceballos is currently free on a number of conditions related to DWI and auto theft. 40 year-old Omar Ceballos was shot and killed at a home in the 200 block of South Atkinson early Wednesday.

Deadly Shooting Reported In Roswell

A shooting reported in Roswell early this morning. According to a statement from the Roswell Police Department, officers responded to the 200 block of South Atkinson at about 1:30 this morning. When they arrived, they found one man unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced that victim dead at the scene. Detectives have surrounded a home at 206 North Atkinson to begin their investigation, but no other information is available at this time. Alameda Street is currently closed from Holland to Atkinson due to the investigation.

2020 Albuquerque International Ballon Fiesta Canceled

Normally a huge econommic boost for the entire region, the 2020 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been canceled. This would have been the 49th annual ballon fiesta. However, organizers of the event say the decision really was out of their control due to current health guidelines. The Fiesta’s volunteer board and 20 person staff said they brainstormed ideas and ways to make the event happen this year, but ultimately just couldn’t come up with anything feasible.

Pres. Trump Comments On Roswell During Campaign Interview

President Donald Trump says he’s heard some interesting things about Roswell, but he’s not sharing even with his eldest child.

Trump made the comments Thursday in a Father’s Day-themed interview with his son Don Trump Jr., hosted by the president’s reelection campaign. Don Jr. wound down his interview by jokingly asking his Dad/President if he would ever divulge more information about Roswell, the New Mexico city known for its proximity to arguably most famous UFO event — “and let us know what’s really going on.”

Trump responded, “I won’t talk to you about what I know about it, but it’s very interesting.”

In 1947, a rancher discovered unidentifiable debris in his sheep pasture outside Roswell. Air Force officials said it was a crashed weather balloon, but skeptics questioned whether it was in fact at extraterrestrial flying saucer. Decades later the U.S. military acknowledged the debris was related to a top-secret atomic project. Still, the UFO theory has flourished.

The president in the past has spoken skeptically about the possibility that there is something out there. Last year Trump said he received short briefing on UFO sighting, but also offered: “People are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

After his father offered that he heard some “interesting” things about Roswell, Trump Jr. asked the president might declassify that information someday.

“Well, I’ll have to think about that one,” the president responded.

Trump also divulged that he watched “a couple” of episodes of Netflix’s “Tiger King.” Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known as Joe Exotic, the star of the popular docuseries, is serving a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted for hiring a hit man to murder a rival, the animal-rights activist.

Trump said during an April press briefing he was unfamiliar with the “Tiger King” when asked about Don Jr. jokingly saying on a radio show that he was lobbying the president for a pardon for Maldonado-Passage.

The president on Thursday did not say when he was considering a pardon but sounded intrigued by Maldonado-Passage.

“That’s a whole strange deal going on,” Trump said. “I’ll tell you that’s a strange guy and a lot of strange people surrounding him.”

Sen. Udall Honors Navajo Code Talker From NM

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) honored the life and service of Joe Vandever Sr., a Navajo Code Talker and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps in a speech submitted to the Congressional Record. Vandever passed away five days before his 97th birthday in January, leaving behind 9 children, 36 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In a statement, Udall said that Vandever served his country in an instrumental role in World War II. Along with other Navajo Code Talkers, Vandever helped the United States military communicate across the Pacific using a code that the Japanese never managed to break.

Wanted Fugitive Located In Eddy County

The Eddy County SHereiff’s Office says it recently developed information on the whereabouts of a wanted fungitive named Eric Galindo. The US Marshalls, VCSU and Eddy County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in the search for Galindo. Galindo was located hiding in an out building on his mother’s property within the city limits of Carlsbad. Galindo was arrested and placed in federal custody.

Carlsbad Medical Center Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

An employee of Carlsbad Medical Center has tested positive for COVID-19,
according to CMC, but a significant number of employees tested since have all
come up negative. According to CMC, the individual who tested positive was quarantined home immediately upon symptom onset and remains in isolation. Working in coordination with the Department of Health, the hospital has identified and contacted any potentially exposed employees or patients. 190 other employees were tested and none came back positive.

3 New Members Appointed To New Mexico Spaceport Authority

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed three new members to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and re-appointed three other members.

The Spaceport Authority is administratively attached to the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

It consists of eight members with six appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

The lieutenant-governor and the cabinet secretary of the Economic Development Department are also members.

By statute, no more than three of the appointed members shall belong to the same political party.

The three new appointees are Ethan Epstein of Los Rancho, Peggy Johnson of Williamsburg and Eric Schindwolf of Tijeras.

The members reappointed are Michelle Coons of Albuquerque, Laura Conniff of Las Cruces and Richard Holdridge of Deming.

Cabinet Secretary Alicia Keyes will serve as the Chair of the Spaceport Authority.

Spaceport America is situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.

It currently hosts flight testing and operations with Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EXOS Aerospace, HyperSciences and SpinLaunch.

University of the Southwest Waives Cost of Grad Programs

A southeastern New Mexico college has announced it will allow all of the school’s recent undergraduate to begin master’s degree programs tuition-free.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the University of the Southwest said last month the tuition-free experiment will start this summer.

University President Quint Thurman says he and other administrators made the decision after exploring what the school could do to assist recent graduates when the job market is challenging.

Eligible students must have completed their bachelor’s degrees in 2020 at the private Christian university. They cannot take more than one course each term.

Provost Ryan Tipton says the tuition-free program has been expanded to include 50 students who have recently graduated from colleges or universities who belong to the “Yes, We Must” coalition.