Archives for December 2015

KEND-CARLSBAD NEW YEARS DAY

A field trip to the Carlsbad Caverns is something every kid needs to experience.
Now, every fourth grade student in Carlsbad will get to go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park paid for
by the National Park Foundation, a charity organization.

“We are very excited to receive funding that provides an awesome opportunity to all the 4th grade public school students in Carlsbad,” Carlsbad Caverns interpretive ranger Alyssa Parker-Geisman said in the release. “We hope that this experience has a lasting impression and fosters a deeper desire to explore their public lands.”

KEND Carlsbad New Years

The City of Carlsbad Solid Waste Department and Sandpoint landfill will be closed on friday
January 1st…….in observance of the New Year Holiday.

Saturday, commercial and recylcing containers scheduled for Friday will be serviced on Saturday…Service for commercial containers, residential containers and recylcing scheduled for Saturday will able be serviced on Saturday. Sandpoint Landfill will be open.

The city of Carlsbad solid Waste and Public works offices will be closed on Friday

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation continues the vital work of clearing roads throughout the state. Crews have been out working 24-hours a day since the beginning of the storm, working to keep roads safe for the traveling public and to reopen roads in the areas most heavily impacted by the storm. Available equipment is maximized so it is kept on the road and staffed, even if labor must be brought in from other areas. Below is an estimate of what has been accomplished by crews up to this point.

To date, NMDOT has deployed approximately 78 crews since Saturday. This is approximately 625 heavy equipment operators alternating 12-hour shifts. Not including trucks and support vehicles, about 450 pieces of heavy equipment have been used throughout the storm, including:

Yesterday afternoon, James Abner of the Artesia Fire Department, said they
received a call about an explosive devise on Kincaid Ranch Road. He also said
They got word on a roof collapse at the civic center in Carlsbad.

Two days after Winter Storm Goliath slammed Roswell, dropping more than a foot of snow amid strong winds that created drifts several feet high, another snowstorm came to town, dumping a fresh layer of snow over the city that had just started digging out from the weekend. Snow began to fall about midday yesterday, setting off yet another winter weather event for the area.
The National Weather Service expected the snow showers to be short-lived, as sunny skies were forecast for today. Temperatures are expected to rise above the freezing mark to around 40 degrees, with the low Wednesday night dipping down to around 16 degrees.

– Mount Sinai United Methodist Church has its doors open constantly now to the homeless of Carlsbad looking for shelter against the cold.
Director of Carlsbad Transitional Housing and Homeless Shelter, Brian McGonagall, said that the shelter has been seeing up to 10 residents each night.
The shelter will be housed at Mount Sinai until the beginning of the year, when it will transition to the First Nazarene Church.

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We got a news tip from James Abner of the Artesia Fire Department, just a bit ago, that they
received a call about an explosive devise on Kincaid Ranch Road. We will keep you posted, as
details unfold.

Did you hear about the 15 year old Albuquerque girl, who came face to face with a burglar in her
house? She had her BB gun ready when she heard him rifling through the house. So, when
he opend the door….he was looking down the barrell of her BB gun. The intruder panicked and ran away.
Rose Martinez was home with her 11 year old sister. Her family is calling her a hero.

There are still parts of New Mexico that are quite treacherous after that massive winter storm blew in
a few days ago. One couple ended up stranded in their vehicle, and under 12 feet or more of snow. They were rescued. How did they end up there? The couple said the wind was so strong, it blew them
into a ditch, and they remained stuck there, until they were rescued.

Fort Collins Police are looking for a man who punched a woman in the face and stole her purse during
a home invasion yesterday, and the woman noticed a man in her backyard, coming into her home.
The man is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 170 pounds and being in his late 20’s…he was brown
skinned and had no facial hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red beaie, black gloves and dark pants. Please call police if you have any information.

It’s been 2 years, since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, school officials still don’t know if more kids are using or bringing the drug to schools. Educators say not much has changed since legalization, and
the data tracking drug use, when available, are unlikely to have a big impact. Officials say the attention on Colorado’s marijuana legalization has attracted lots of discussion, new questions – including from students-
and in some cases packaged solutions from new self-proclaimed experts.

KSIR-1B

Carol Thomas is pretty excited. Her fellow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2551 members asked her to be their commander. “Are you sure there’s not anybody else who wants the job?” she remembers thinking.
Thomas is the first female VFW commander in Fort Morgan and only the fourth at posts across Colorado, according to Dee Chappell-Haley, the post’s business manager. She tries not to make a big deal of that milestone to others. She served 10 years active duty, in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant, and now she’s been in the Navy Reserves for almost two decades. Thomas hopes her fellow female veterans who do get those opportunities to serve overseas in combat roles will join a group like the VFW and get the support she has both received and can offer.

Cancellations and sporadic delays were making a mess of things, yesterday, at Denver International Airport during a record-breaking week of passenger traffic. Heath Montgomery, an airport spokesman, said 11 flights were cancelled because of winter weather in Texas. Denver International airport (DIA) estimates it had its seventh busiest day ever on Sunday with 175,000 passengers. This coming Sunday, Jan. 3, is expected to be the second busiest ever with almost 179,000 travelers. Airport officials say travelers might want to arrive earlier than the normally suggested two hours before their flight just to ensure smooth sailing on the way to the gate.

he latest federal education bill signed into law this month won’t have direct, immediate changes to Colorado, according to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, but it will provide more “flexibility.” Polis, D-Colo., met with members of the Thompson School District Board of Education this, to discuss the bipartisan-backed Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing No Child Left Behind. Though many of the act’s provisions are already state law in Colorado, it provides the state with more flexibility with funding (though not more of it) and rulemaking, Polis said, and he expects state legislators to go back and make changes to some of the state’s education requirements.

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Cancellations and sporadic delays were making a mess of things, yesterday, at Denver International Airport during a record-breaking week of passenger traffic. Heath Montgomery, an airport spokesman, said 11 flights were cancelled because of winter weather in Texas. Denver International airport (DIA) estimates it had its seventh busiest day ever on Sunday with 175,000 passengers. This coming Sunday, Jan. 3, is expected to be the second busiest ever with almost 179,000 travelers. Airport officials say travelers might want to arrive earlier than the normally suggested two hours before their flight just to ensure smooth sailing on the way to the gate.

The latest federal education bill signed into law this month won’t have direct, immediate changes to Colorado, according to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, but it will provide more “flexibility.” Polis, D-Colo., met with members of the Thompson School District Board of Education this, to discuss the bipartisan-backed Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing No Child Left Behind. Though many of the act’s provisions are already state law in Colorado, it provides the state with more flexibility with funding (though not more of it) and rulemaking, Polis said, and he expects state legislators to go back and make changes to some of the state’s education requirements.

Some of the changes that will apply to Colorado include counting the ACT toward high school testing requirements, allowing states to determine what their requirements are for educators and empowering states to do more alternative education. “It allows what Colorado is doing under our waiver to be the law,” Polis said, adding that it makes these requirements more definitive.
The law also allows states and school districts to partner with the private sector, or “semi-philanthropic organizations,” to fund programs — mainly early childhood education, which is viewed as a way to save money in the long run — through bonds. The bonds would then be paid back to the funder through lower interest rates.

The lifting of a four-decade ban on U.S. oil exports could boost Colorado’s global trade fortunes — but the timing of when that happens is anybody’s guess. “In the next 12 months, it is unlikely to have much influence at all. It won’t play much of a role,” said Mark Snead, an economist at RegionTrack in Oklahoma City.
That’s because the world is awash in petroleum. But long-term, as prices recover and more shipping infrastructure gets built, Colorado petroleum producers could benefit.
And they would need to sell only a fraction of their output abroad to catapult into the ranks of the state’s top exporters. Colorado exports last year were up only 5 percent from the 2006 totals reached before the recession hit. Part of that reflects shifting demand for the state’s higher-end manufactured goods.

Colorado exported $8.4 billion in goods last year across nearly 100 categories. But just four groups accounted for more than half of all exports, according to WISERTrade numbers provided by the World Trade Center Denver. At $1.3 billion, Colorado’s largest export category is optical, photographic and measuring devices, a group that also includes surgical instruments and medical devices.

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KEND-Carlsbad

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office said a man who was found unconscious at the WIPP Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on Sunday is dead. Emergency service responders were dispatched to WIPP at around 9:45 p.m. when the employee was found unresponsive at the facility located about 23 miles from Carlsbad.

Chief Deputy Mark Cage said in a news release that the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death is unknown and the sheriff’s office is actively investigating the incident, said Sgt. Matt Hutchinson.

KEND-Carlsbad Roads

The Carlsbad Public Works Department is currently out salting and blading the roads and will continue to do so during this storm. The roads that have already been salted are Old Cavern, Derrick and Standpipe. We will continue to blade these roads to try and keep them open. The Artesia Public Works Department will be out working on their roads as well. All weather stations are predicting the snow will continue falling throughout the day, and are advising everyone to stay off the roads and stay home.

KEND-Blizzard Closings Monday

KEND Blizzard

Due to the blizzard and resulting road conditions, most City of Roswell offices will be closed
today. All “non-essential” operations will be suspended for Monday. Airport and transit (bus service)
operations will be assessed on an ongoing basis.

KEND-A2

Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency due to the massive snowstorm, meaning the National Guard will be out to assist stranded drivers. A civil emergency was declared Sunday morning as high winds and blowing snow led to dangerous and life-threatening conditions in eastern New Mexico, officials said.
A blizzard warning is in effect for all of eastern New Mexico. The winter storm has already dumped as much as 21 inches of snow in some areas.

I-40 is closed from Albuquerque’s 98th Street exit to the Texas state line. Right now, the closure is indefinite. Hotels along the closed interstate are completely booked. More than 500 semis are lined up along I-40’s eastbound lanes in New Mexico, police say. Almost every major road around Roswell, Artesia, Portales and Alamagordo is closed. There are more than 10,000 homes without power across eastern New Mexico.
By declaring a state of emergency, counties will be able to order and pay for additional resources needed to help with this crisis.

Even though roads are closed, police said some people are driving around barricades. Closed roads have not been maintained by the New Mexico Department of Transportation and state police will not be patrolling these roads to search for stranded motorists. State police are currently working long hours and in extra force to assist with weather related incidents and may not be able to assist stranded motorists who have ignored barricades. They are asking that you obey the signs, it could save your life. The marked barricades
are there for a reason.

Police have made two arrests in the stabbing death of an Albuquerque man who tried to stop a car burglary.
Officer Simon Drobik said Sunday that Tyler Hernandez and Craig Whited, both 25, have been booked on several counts including aggravated auto burglary. Only Hernandez faces a murder charge as well as assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Police say they an anonymous tip led to the suspects who were taken in without incident.