Archives for March 2016

Search continues for saucer

Police say a spaceship has disappeared in Roswell.

They say someone stole it from the UFO Museum early Saturday.

Some on social media suggest in jest that “men in black” or “aliens” did it.

However, police say video shows three thieves hauled the spaceship away in a pickup.

NM reaches 36-year low in DWI deaths

The governor says New Mexico has reached a 36-year low in its number of DWI deaths.

The total of 122 DWI deaths from last year represents a drop of 28 percent from 2014.

This marks a decrease of 70 percent from 1979, the year New Mexico started keeping track of them.

Statewide gas price average increases three cents

New Mexico’s statewide gas price average has increased three cents in the last week to $1.90 per gallon.

However, the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch says that number still sits 35 cents less than the number from last year.

It also sits below the current national average of $2.01.

Heinrich launches community college and job training tour

Senator Heinrich has a busy couple days in the region.

He has launched a community college and job training tour.

Heinrich this afternoon hosts a college affordability roundtable at Clovis Community College.

Tomorrow afternoon, he hosts a similar event at ENMU in Portales.

Later on tomorrow, Heinrich visits the Hampton Farms Peanut Company in Portales.

Deadline approaching for Carlsbad 40 Under 40

The Carlsbad 40 Under 40 Council continues accepting nominations for this year’s class.

This annual event honors 40 people for their occupational and community leadership.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce says it must receive all nominations by 5 o’clock next Thursday.

Each nomination comes with a fee of 25 dollars.

The banquet takes place Apr. 21 at the Pecos River Village Conference Center.

NRCS reminds ag producers to apply for program assistance by Apr. 15

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service says 14 programs and initiatives offer farmers and ranchers technical and financial assistance.

The service says they need to apply for these programs through it by Apr. 15.

The list includes the Roswell AFO Local Program.

Producers can apply by visiting their local USDA Service Center.

Those who have established a Client Gateway account can apply over the Internet.

Crash near Hagerman kills Capitan woman

A crash near Hagerman has killed a Capitan woman.

State police say 28-year-old Lisa Barrett flew out of her vehicle when it rolled over on State Road 249.

They believe Barrett did not wear her seat belt at the time.

The investigation continues, but the troopers believe the crash followed Barrett swerving to miss a ladder in the road.

Artesia man receives seven years for illegal gun possession

An Artesia man has received over seven years in prison for illegal gun possession.

Federal court in Las Cruces has sentenced 37-year-old Victor Castillo.

Castillo has prior convictions for importation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated fleeing of law enforcement.

The sentence follows Castillo’s plea in December.

The investigation has included ATF agents and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.

The prosecution has come under the “worst of the worst” initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Roswell native Jim Miller departs sidelines at Las Cruces High School

A Roswell native has told his team he has coached his last game.

After 18 years on the sidelines at Las Cruces High School, Jim Miller has announced his retirement.

He leaves at age 50 with 27 years of teaching experience around the state.

Miller ranks fourth in state titles with six.

ENMU-Roswell observes spring break

Students and faculty at ENMU-Roswell observe spring break starting this Saturday.

The break lasts until Friday of next week.

Saturday classes resume next week.

The regular class schedule picks up again Mon., Apr. 4.

All main campus offices remain open during spring break next week, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

They open on Friday next week from 8 a.m. to noon.