Road Work To Begin on Red/Campbell Road

The Eddy County Public Works Department announced that J&H Services, Inc. and Eddy County will begin construction of Red/Campbell Road Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The project consists of the rehabilitation of Red (CR 798)/Campbell Road (H29), from US 62/180 to NM 128. That’s about 21 miles of roadway. This work includes overlaying 2” of hot mix asphalt over existing shoulders, double penetration chip seal, striping, reshaping of the road side ditches for drainage, and four cattle guards. Please plan accordingly and expect delays.

Several Roswell Facilities Closing Due To State Health Order

A number of government buildings in the area are closing to the public once again as a result of the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the community. In Roswell, some closures go into effect today, including the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center, the Roswell Adult Center, RMAC, the ROswell Public Library, Nancy Lopez Gold COurse at Spring River, and the Roswell Visitors Center Store. The closure is in effect at least through the end of this month.

Roswell Zoo Seeking Volunteers To Help With Reopening And Beyond

Spring River Zoo is seeking volunteers eager to help the zoo with everything from cleanup to guest services to educational tours. As the zoo prepares for its upcoming reopening tentatively planned in December, volunteers will have the opportunity to play key roles in making this important local asset shine.

Interested volunteers need to complete a volunteer form that can be found online. Go to and click on “Volunteer” on the left side of the page. That will connect to a webpage with more information about volunteering at the zoo and a link to the application form.

Volunteers younger than 18 need the signature of a parent or guardian on the application form. Anyone 18 and older is required to undergo a background check. Volunteers must provide proof of health insurance and sign a volunteer waiver. A volunteer work day is planned for Dec. 5 as preparations are taking place for the zoo reopening. COVID-safe practices will be in place for the work day, including volunteers and staff undergoing temperature checks and wearing masks. Each work group will consist of no more than five people in a given area.

Following the reopening, Spring River Zoo plans to continue to use volunteers for regular tasks relating to operating, maintaining and improving the zoo.

Carlsbad PD Investigating Homicide on W. Missouri Street

A murder in Carlsbad. Polcie are investigating the case from the 2300 block of West Missouri. It happened Monday when police said they responded to the report of a man being shot inside a house there. At this point, police have not released the identity of victim and there is no information available on a possible suspect or motive for the crime.

NMDH Reports 3 COVID-19 Deaths In Eddy County Over Weekend

We begin on the COVID-19 front, as Eddy County health officials are reportiong three new deaths from coronavirus over the weekend. The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed the deaths, one from Sunday in a woman in her 80’s and a man in his 90’s. Both had underlying health conditions, according to NMDH. Additionally, we know that the man was a resident of Good Life Senior Living in Carlsbad. On Saturday, the state health department also said a man in his 30’s died of COVID-19 after being hospitalized for the illness. NMDH said that man also had underlying health conditioons, but did not explain further.

Artesia General Hospital To Offer New Program To Help Pay For Medical Services

Artesia General Hospital is taking steps to help patients get the medical care they need, when they need it. By partnering with online healthcare marketplace MDsave, Artesia General Hospital is providing a new way for patients to buy their medical services upfront at discounted prices that are bundled together with related fees—which means no more surprise bills.

Artesia General Hospital will first be offering Lab and Radiology services through MDsave, with the hopes of expanding to other service lines in the future. These services will be offered at a fixed price so there are never any surprise bills.

Water Line Work Causes Roswell Road Closures

As part of an ongoing project to replace large-diameter water-line valves in various parts of the city, work is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 9, that will require the closure to thru traffic at the following intersections:

North Wyoming Avenue and West Third Street
North Wyoming Avenue and West Second Street
North Utah Avenue and West Third Street
North Louisiana Avenue and West Third Street
North Louisiana Avenue and West Fourth Street
The work is expected to be completed by Dec. 10.

New Fees Set For Roswell Rec Facilities And Museum

New admission and activity fees will be in place for the City of Roswell Recreation Department facilities and the Roswell Museum and Art Center beginning when the new year arrives in a couple months. The new fees have been established to try to ensure the recreation and museum services provided to Roswell citizens and visitors can be sustained at a high-quality level for the long term. The new fees will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

RMAC Offers Special Veterans Day Benefits This Week

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, Roswell Museum and Art Center is offering special Veterans Hours on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum has recently reopened to the public with limited visiting hours and decreased capacity. However, for one morning, RMAC staff would like to welcome veterans and their families for exclusive access to the museum before it opens to the general public. Veterans and their families will also get the added bonus of a 20-percent discount in the museum store during these special Veterans Hours.

PVT Welcomes $8.1M ReConnect II Loan To Expand Broadband In SENM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funded a $8.1 million loan to Penasco
Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc. in Artesia (PVT) to expand broadband service in rural New Mexico. USDA will provide funding to PVT through its ReConnect program to deploy infrastucture that will connect homes, farms, ranches, and small businesses to high-speed broadband. With the new USDA funding, PVT will connect more than 1,000 New Mexicans in Chaves, Lincoln, Eddy and Otero counties.