|Aggie Basketball Returns To KSVP|
The regular season is winding down for the New Mexico State Aggie Basketball team. Wednesday night at 6 on KSVP the Aggies take on UT-Pan American. The game was rescheduled from this past weekend due to weather. DK Eldridge and Remi Barry are watching their tenure in Aggieland coming to a close. To watch more about their careers go to the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.
|Roswell Public Library Announces Partnership With Driving-Tests.org|
Roswell Public Library is announcing a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons, starting March 2, 2015. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests. Availability and accessibility is important to the creators of Driving-Tests.org, as the site is designed to help new drivers study state manuals and take driving practice tests based on the real DMV written exams. This partnership allows the Roswell Public Library to harness the power of Driving- Test.org’s specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers. The new program will work as an outreach for several valued groups of patrons, such as teens, those with disabilities, those who participate in the library’s programs for seniors and need to take a renewal exam, and patrons at every other stage of life.“We also have partnerships with hundreds of libraries and schools across the nation, devoted to creating safe drivers,” says Driving-Tests.org’s founder, Andrei Zakhareuski. “Our partners value information and accessibility – the same values we have, and ones that lead to safer roadways.” For more information about the Library and to access the new Driving-Tests.org partner site, please visit www.roswellpubliclibrary.org.
|Pair Of Gun-Related Incidents Under Investigation|
Police are investigating two incidents in which firearms were used against others and which occurred about 24 hours apart this past weekend.The first, labeled as an aggravated assault with a firearm, was on Friday, Feb. 27, at about 10:45 p.m. outside Billy Ray’s bar in the 100 block of East Third Street. A 40-year-old Roswell man reported he had just left the bar and was in a nearby vehicle (in the front passenger seat) with his brother (in the driver’s seat). A male walked up to the vehicle and asked for a cigarette. When both men in the vehicle refused the request, the subject pulled a pistol from his waistband and fired once, with the bullet striking a window, but not either man inside the vehicle, the men told police. The only injury reported was some cuts on one of the men’s hands from shattered glass.The men’s description of the shooter was limited to a male wearing white shoes, black pants and a T-shirt of unknown color. They did report the suspect, after shooting, ran to a blue Chevy Tahoe, possibly model year 2003 to 2006, and fled in that vehicle. The second incident, an armed robbery, occurred Saturday, Feb. 28, around 11:30 p.m. at a residence in the 300 block of East Poe Street. Two local men, ages 53 and 37, told police they were singing karaoke in the garage, which is in the backyard of the residence, when two men burst into the garage with handguns drawn. The attackers struck the victims in their heads with the guns, leaving each of the victims with gashes and bleeding that officers observed upon arrival. The attackers took a wallet from one of the men.The victims described each of their attackers as being a Hispanic male about 5’6” tall and perhaps weighing 150-160 lbs., with an age estimate of 18-20. One suspect was wearing black pants and a black sweater and had dark skin, while the other was wearing an orange shirt and had light skin. The two suspects spoke Spanish. The two victims were treated at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and released.Roswell Police Department detectives are conducting ongoing investigations into each of these cases. Anyone with potential information regarding these cases is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS(8477).
|NMMI Broncos To Host EPCC|
Mother Nature almost won out as the NMMI Broncos hosted West Texas JC earlier this week. Head Coach Chris Cook recaps the series and previews the series against El Paso Community College during his weekly podcast, check it out now on the left hand side of the page.
|New Mexico First Boss Talks About Her Organization|
Heather Balas says they were established more than a quarter century ago as a non-partisan public policy institute. She says water issues have been their focus for sometime. She offers an update on the organization and legislation affecting water issues now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|State High School Basketball Brackets Have Been Released|
In 5A, Centennial is the top seed and will play no. 16 Capital. Roswell is the no. 3 seed and will play no. 14 Los Lunas. St. Pius is the no. 4 seed and will host no. 13 Artesia, that game will tip off at 2pm Saturday in Albuquerque and it will be heard on KSVP. Farmington is the no. 7 seed and will take on no. 10 Goddard. On the ladies side, Gallup is no. 1 and will take on no. 16 PV. Roswell is no. 3 and will take on no. 14 Centennial. Los Alamos is no. 6 and will take on no. 11 Goddard. Artesia did not make it.
|APD Reports No Arrests|
The Artesia Police Department did not report any arrests yesterday or earlier today. APD did work on some other cases earlier today, they included a traffic stop at First and Park and a couple of hit and run accidents. The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office reported some traffic stops, an unwanted subject and a neighborhood problem in Artesia.
|Scam Reported In Roswell |
A warning is being issued by Roswell police to local residents regarding people going door to door claiming to be representatives of a local alarm company. They are not legitimate representatives and should not be let inside your home. The alarm company has confirmed that it does not send its representatives door to door. Other alarm companies that service Roswell has also said they too do not go door to door for any reason. The city’s Alarms Administration Monday received multiple calls from residents reporting receiving visits from these people. They will often say they represent the company from which the homeowner’s alarm was purchased and then claim the alarm system is outdated and needs to be replaced. They will often ask to come in to do the replacement or check on the system.Similar scams in the past have resulted in the scammers stealing things from the home while inside. They could also be “casing” the house with intentions of returning another time to burglarize it. In some cases, fraudulent company representatives have actually removed the alarm system and installed a system of another alarm company without the homeowner’s permission.Anyone visited by someone claiming to be an alarm-system representative can call the Roswell Police Department (575-624-6770) to ask for an officer to check on the subject.
|Paul Gessing Offers Legislative Update|
The New Mexico Legislature is about to wind down their 2015 session and Paul Gessing with the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation offers his weekly update. He talks about how Right To Work is in limbo, taxes and a bill that could see the state gain control of federal land. Listen now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|MARCHiversary Comes To Artesia|
It is hard to believe that is been a year since the new Artesia Public Library opened. Sandy Schuetz with the Friends Of The Library says there will be events taking place every week this month getting ready for the Sculpture Dedication at 2nd and Quay on March 28. Get more details now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Animal-Cruelty Incident Leads To Discovery Of Fugitive|
A routine and unrelated traffic stop put a police officer in a position recently to witness a man kick a puppy, which led officers to the nearby house where the man was living with a woman who turned out to be wanted on a criminal warrant from Louisiana. The man was arrested for cruelty to animals while the woman was arrested as a fugitive from justice. Jennifer Andrews(pcitured), 31, was arrested Feb. 20 after a warrant search revealed she was wanted by Louisiana authorities for a probation violation related to a case in that state in which she was originally charged with operating a methamphetamine lab. Andrews was living in Roswell in a house in the 1500 block of South Garden that had been condemned by the city. She was sharing the house with Hector Rivera, 46, whom she described as her boyfriend.It was Rivera whom an officer spotted Feb. 20 at about 1 p.m. chasing a puppy down the sidewalk along South Garden just a few houses from the house where Rivera was living. The officer had been conducting an unrelated traffic stop when he saw Rivera kick the puppy twice after catching up to it when it got cornered amid a house and fence. The puppy was turned over to the care of the city’s Animal Control Services and officers arrested Rivera for cruelty to animals and went to his residence to see if any other animals were there. No animals were found at the house, but officers did find, and arrest, Andrews on the Louisiana warrant. She was also charged with concealing identity and possession of a controlled substance.
|Wondering About These License Plates?|
If you have ever driven around our state and seen the orange and yellow license plate with the windmill, Dalene Hodnett has more details in the podcast section on how you can get one. (Photo courtesy of NM Farm and Ranch Museum)
|Former Hagerman School Board Member Says Residents Were Misled|
Wesley Pilley says voters in the Feb. 3 Hagerman School Board election were humiliated and embarrassed by the zero voter turnout. He offers his thoughts now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page. (Photo Courtesy of CVE)
|New Vet Services Boss Speaks|
Retired Brig. Gen. Jack Fox is a Roswell native and spent some time working at New Mexico Military Institute. These days he is in charge of the New Mexico Veterans Service Department. You can hear a complete interview with him now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Clinics Offer Rabies Vaccinations For Dogs,Cats|
Dog and cat owners will have the opportunity to get their pets vaccinated against rabies, as well as ensure their dogs are properly licensed, during the annual Rabies Vaccination Clinics that will take place in Roswell Sunday, March 8. The clinics will be held at five of Roswell’s fire stations from 1 to 4 p.m. The fire stations are located at 200 S. Richardson Ave., 501 E. McGaffey St., 2800 N. Wilshire Blvd., 119 W. Gayle St. and 1501 N. Sycamore Ave. The clinics are sponsored by the Chaves County Veterinary Medical Association, which will be providing the rabies vaccinations for $10 each. Roswell city code requires owners of dogs and cats to have them vaccinated for rabies. The money that comes in at the clinics will be used to benefit youth projects done by a variety of organizations in Chaves County. The vaccination clinics will also include sites at the Dexter and Hagerman fire stations. At the Roswell fire stations, dog owners coming to the clinic can also purchase a city license. Roswell city ordinances require any city resident with a dog to obtain a city license for the dog within 30 days of the dog reaching three months of age. A license for an altered dog (one that has been spayed or neutered) is $5, while a license for an unaltered dog is $10. Roswell Animal Control Services personnel will be at the clinics in Roswell to assist dog owners in making sure their pets are properly licensed.
|Skywarn Storm Spotter Classes March 11|
Roswell-Chaves County Office of Emergency Management and the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the annual Skywarn storm spotter classes March 11 at the Daniels Leadership Center on the New Mexico Military Institute campus.The free classes are taught by the National Weather Service and will include severe weather safety, terminology and severe-reporting criteria. Students will receive a toll-free number to call to report severe weather. Certified weather spotters are often called upon during severe-weather emergencies, as well as in preparation for anticipated severe weather. Even with the latest technology, spotters are still critical to the Weather Service because of certain inherent limitations in radar and other reporting equipment. Trained spotters must attend a class every two years to be considered current in their training.The classes are open to the public. The two-hour classes will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge and advanced registration is not needed. For more information, contact Emergency Manager Karen Sanders at (575) 624-6740.