Archives for July 2016

Eddy Co. unemployment highest in six years

Eddy County’s unemployment has jumped to its highest level in six years.

Data fro the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the jobless rate has increased to six percent.

Shannon Summers from the Carlsbad Department of Development suspects the recent large layoffs from Intrepid Potash’s West Mine and the downturn of the oil and gas industry have something to do with it.

The Current-Argus reports mayor Dale Janway agrees.

However, Summers cites a report from Smart Asset that shows a 10.8 percent increase in business establishment in the county.

National Night Out in Roswell on Tuesday

Roswell’s police and fire departments hold National Night Out on Tuesday.

This happens in the parking lot at Target at 6 o’clock.

National Night Out allows communities to build relationships with first-responders while raising crime prevention awareness.

The police department brings its mobile command center to Target on Tuesday, and the fire department sets up an obstacle course for kids.

Chaves Co. commissioners approve budget

Chaves County commissioners have approved the operational budget for this year.

This fund of over $24 million fuels all operating expends and personnel salaries for the county’s full-time workforce.

The Roswell Daily Record reports no new positions in the budget.

Detention facility expenses consume 30 percent of overall operational spending.

After adding other things like grants and capital outlay funds, the county’s total spending may approach $39 million.

Woman receives seven years in prison over Finch’s death

The woman involved in the death of Dominik Finch has received seven years in prison.

Court has also sentenced 37-year-old Jennifer Bevers to two years of probation.

Bevers has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.

The 19-year-old Finch died in a hospital after a shooting outside his home on Cahoon Avenue last year.

He attended University High School and worked as a landscaper.

The other person charged in the shooting has a jury trial in October.

Authorities have charged 40-year-old Steven Johnson with capital murder, among other things.

Search continues for trailer stolen from Danny’s Automotive

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Crimestoppers want help looking for a stolen vehicle.

The sheriff says someone took a homemade trailer from Danny’s Automotive on Pecos Highway at some point Sunday or Monday.

The owner says someone broke into his business and took the trailer and 4,000 pounds of scrap metal.

The sheriff estimates the total loss for the trailer and its contents at nearly $4,000.

ENMU-Roswell respiratory therapy program enrolling new students

The therapy program at ENMU-Roswell accepts students for a new class that starts in January.

The Associate of Applied Science degree program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

The program ranks in the top 14 percent of all RCP programs nationwide.

It has received the Excellence in Education Award from CoARC.

The university has set an application deadline for this class for Monday, but it has the option of extending it.

Carlsbad’s city council holds off on ordinance changes

Carlsbad’s city council has chosen to postpone changes to code ordinances.

Planning director Jeff Patterson says the amendments range from defining the size of a brewery and distillery to regulations for train and bus depots, multi-generational dwellings and emergency shelters.

He tells the council that proposed amendments to a food truck ordinance would bring it in line with state requirements.

However, the Current-Argus reports food truck owners and operators have asked the council to wait on all this.

They want time to understand the implications of adopting the ordinance.

Governor announces record-shattering year for state parks

The governor says more people have visited the state’s parks than ever before.

This follows her announcement of record-breaking tourism numbers for the fourth straight year.

Notable increases include Bottomless Lakes State Park near Roswell. Attendance there has increased nearly 20 percent.

DA’s office investigating incident involving son of police chief

The district attorney now decides whether or not to bring charges in a case involving the son of Roswell’s police chief.

Officers responded to an incident having to do with Phillip Smith.

The police department has reviewed the officers’ actions, and it has determined that they did not show favoritism or violate any policies.

Public information officer Todd Wildermuth says the review showed the police acted properly in determining whether or not they had “adequate legal probable cause to arrest anyone on scene that night.”

The DA’s investigation does not focus on the officers’ actions.

Hastings in Carlsbad closing

Hastings Entertainment Superstore in Carlsbad has started a liquidation sale.

Its parent has filed for bankruptcy, and 123 company stores plan on closing.

Now the store offers 10 to 30 percent off on everything.

Manager William Durham tells the Current-Argus that the store expects to sell everything by the end of October. However, he says the store’s closure depends on when all items sell. It keeps receiving shipments from the company’s warehouse.

Durham says his store employs 20 people. The number of customers has increased since the sale started.