Archives for April 2016

ENMU-Roswell offering new safety training class

ENMU-Roswell and the National Center for EHS Education offer a prep course at the end of next month.

It helps towards the Board Certified Safety Professionals national “Safety Trained Supervisor” course.

The class runs at ENMU-Roswell from May 31 to June 3. It lasts 30 hours.

For more information or to enroll, visit the center’s website.

NPS: $23M spent by Caverns visitors last year

Visitors to Carlsbad Caverns spent over $28 million around the park last year.

This park service report shows the spending supported 419 jobs in the area.

The Current-Argus indicates a total economic benefit of $31.5 million.

The report refers to towns and cities as “gateway communities.” These include Carlsbad, Artesia, Loving, White City, Malaga, Orla and Dell City.

It estimates 35 percent of money visitors spent went towards lodging, 19 percent at restaurants, and 14 percent on gas.

Total visitors last year exceeded 445,000, up nearly 15 percent from 2013.

Drug Take Back Day on Saturday in Roswell

People in Roswell on Saturday can properly dispose of prescription drugs.

You can bring pills to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Neighborhood Watch at Fifth and North Main streets.

The DEA, however, cannot accept liquids or needles.

Study: NM scores well on protecting public health

A study gives the state good marks for identifying health threats and preventing environmental workplace hazards.

However, it does not think well of the state’s ability to provide day-to-day or emergency health care.

This health security index shows a decline in the state’s ability to mitigate public health threats from nuclear or biologic materials.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports it may have to do with the events that led to shutting down WIPP two years ago.

Critical dates for primary approaching

If you want to vote in the primary, then you must register by May 10.

Absentee voting starts that day at the Chaves County clerk’s office, and it ends May 20.

Early voting for the primaries begins May 21. It ends June 4.

That part of the process takes place at the clerk’s office, the Roswell Mall, and the Hagerman JOY Center.

Carlsbad mental health center workers cleared of fraud

A judge has dismissed Medicaid fraud charges against three employees of the old Carlsbad Mental Health Center.

The Current-Argus reports the judge does not see enough evidence to show Noel Clark, Darrill Woodfield, and Michael Stoll knowingly committed fraud.

The state attorney general indicted them last June.

However, the judge has bound over the center on six counts related to Medicaid fraud.

Arrest made in Carlsbad murder from 2002

Investigators have made an arrest in a Carlsbad murder from 2002.

The Current-Argus reports it has taken seven years for the sheriff’s office to build a case against Jeffrey Melendrez.

Authorities initially arrested him in 2009 following a home invasion.

DNA from Melendrez matched evidence taken from the body of Sasha Hedgecock.

Investigators seven years ago had to start the case all over again with him as the focus.

Sgt. Matt Hutcinson says Hedgecock’s death looks like a random act of violence.

Melendrez appears for preliminary examination May 5.

RPD: Don’t let children get trapped in hot vehicles

Roswell Police remind people to remember not to leave children in hot vehicles.

They want the extra awareness as the weather starts including hotter temperatures.

Roswell felon facing federal firearms charges

A Roswell man faces firearms charges.

The DOJ says the prosecution of 49-year-old Nathaniel Madrid comes as part of the “Worst of the Worst anti-violence initiative.

It says authorities arrested him last week for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon.

This all stems from a crash in October involving a stolen vehicle.

State police say someone saw Madrid toss a handgun into a ditch.

The troopers apparently retrieved that weapon and found two more in the vehicle.

A full conviction could give Madrid a decade in prison.

Prescription drug take-back days scheduled

Artesia Police hold a drug take back day tomorrow.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Guadalupe Park.

The event accompanies the child safety fair.

Additionally, the DEA holds a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day next Saturday.

That runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Artesia Public Library.

Accepted items include prescription patches, pet meds, ointments, O-T-C meds, and vitamins.