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DWI Recovery Courts

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we visit the DWI Recovery Court in Bernalillo County and hear how a focus on treatment for repeat offenders might help people struggling with alcohol addiction and make the community safer. NMiF Producer Sarah Gustavus also interviews Judge Edward Benavidez and Daniel Blackwood, executive director of the Evolution Group, in the studio. Watch now in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.

ENMU-Roswell Observes Memorial Day

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All campus offices will be closed and no classes will be held. The campus will reopen on Tuesday, May 30. The summer class session begins Monday, June 5. The fall semester begins Monday, August 21. Students can register online at or on campus any time during regular business hours. Students can also apply for admission online.

Windstream Says Service Restored

The Regional Emergency Dispatch Authority in Artesia had to handle emergency calls for Carlsbad and Lea County for a few hours. Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage says lines from Windstream Communications were down at his office yesterday and REDA’s Facebook page says Windstream issues caused their office to answer calls for the Carlsbad Police Department and Lea County. REDA’s social media page says 9-1-1 for the Carlsbad PD was back in operation around five this morning. In a release Windstream says service was disrupted when a power company cut a Windstream cable while placing a utility pole nearly 50 miles east of Carlsbad. Repair crews worked through the night to install new fiber and ductwork and to splice the new fibers into the network. They say service came up in phases and full service was restored around 5:30 this morning.

ENMU-Roswell To Host Retirement Reception For Dr. Steven Gamble

He has served as ninth President of the Eastern New Mexico University system for the past 16 years. Dr. Steven G. Gamble will retire this summer, leaving the Portales campus with record enrollment growth and numerous completed building construction and renovation projects. Both the Roswell and Ruidoso campuses have also grown and thrived under Gamble’s leadership. ENMU-Roswell invites the campus and community to a farewell reception in Gamble’s honor on Monday, June 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Administration Center lobby on campus at 52 University Blvd. “Dr. Gamble has been committed to making the Eastern New Mexico University system the best in the state,” said Dr. John Madden, ENMU-Roswell President. “We appreciate his dedication and his focus on student success. Even in difficult budgeting times, he always made protecting ENMU’s mission and its employees his top priority. We thank Dr. Gamble for his guidance and leadership and wish him health and happiness in this next chapter of his life. ”

Search Is On For New AGH CEO

Artesia General Hospital is looking for a new boss. That’s the word from the Vice Chair of the Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Directors’ Mike Deans.He says Kenneth Randall was relieved of his duties around a month ago over what he calls philosophical differences.

Carlsbad Man Charged

The Carlsbad Police Department is reporting that a man is locked up after being arrested and accused of shooting his father. Isack Rodriguez has been charged with an open count of first degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to court records. He made an appearance in Magistrate Court yesterday, according to those same records. Carlsbad Police say they were called Sunday morning on a subject with a gunshot wound. When officers arrived they found Tomas Rodriguez inside the house with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a hospital and passed away. Officers received information that led to the arrest of his son.

Honors College Mentoring Program Impacts Hundreds Of Local Elementary Students

It`s been three years since the Bayless Elementary Mentoring Program began, but in that short time, more than 300 students at Bayless Elementary have been positively impacted by their interactions with Honors College students at Texas Tech. To find out more go to the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.

Buried Murder Victim Identified

A woman’s body found two weeks ago buried outside a house in south Roswell has been identified as that of Ambra Lynn Taylor, whom is believed to have been murdered. Roswell Police Department investigators were able to make the identification based on tattoos and other information provided by the public. Taylor was 41 when she disappeared in Roswell in April 2016, the investigation determined. Investigators believe she had been in Roswell only a short time before her disappearance and murder. Investigators believe she had come to Roswell from Albuquerque. The body that has now been identified as Taylor was found May 9 buried on the property of a vacant house in the 600 block of Greenbrier Drive. Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in providing information that could help investigators as they continue to work on this murder case. Anyone with potential information regarding this case is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at (575) 624-6770.

AHS Alumnus To Sound Taps At Gettysburg National Cemetery

Jim Little graduated from Artesia High School in 1962 and he will join buglers across the U.S. this summer to participate in “100 Nights of Taps, Gettysburg 2017.”

Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation talks about unemployment figures, possible budget and tax reform and the PED boss being right on teacher unions…but…

Fatal Reported In Region

The New Mexico State Police reported a fatal in Eddy County over the weekend. The initial investigation revealed that a pickup traveling west on Hidalgo Road in Carlsbad struck a cow in the roadway. The impact caused the vehicle to exit the roadway and roll as the driver and sole occupant Shane Kincaid wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. State police say he was 16 and sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene.

In Praise Of Dabblers

© 2017 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. Working smart is a mainstay of our country. I sometimes find people who I call “Dabblers” able to work smart in many different endeavors. My uncle Ralph and my Grandfather McKim were both dabblers of many different abilities to fix things. A hallmark of a great dabbler is not being entirely into a college career. Rather, it is the ability and inclination to take on an impressive array of jobs and do each one well. These people are not usually experts but they are completely competent in many areas. Myself, I’m competent at most home and auto repairs. But what I really know is when to call in someone who can fix whatever I’m working on. This last week I ran into a dabbler extraordinaire who amazed me with his abilities. The way this came about is that my uncle that I took care of many years until his passing in 2015 built his house in 1959. He had a 1934 Plymouth Coupe that he drove occasionally. The house was done in September and he parked the Plymouth in the garage. One of his friends helped him take the engine out to rebuild it. They disassembled the car. Then it happened, his mechanic friend was suddenly transferred by his job to the East Coast. Said Plymouth sat all these years awaiting a new mechanic. My uncle never reassembled the car. The dabbler this week bought the car from my uncle’s estate. We had to get it out of the garage. My uncle was from the Great Depression and didn’t throw anything away in all those years. Even plastic spoons. We carefully cleaned out the garage and loaded the car body on a trailer along with boxes and boxes of parts. This dabbler mechanic knew instantly every bolt, nut and piece of the car. He was able to mentally reassemble it in his mind. The real reassemble at his place will take a long time. We need the next generation of kids to learn how to dabble in many areas of fixing stuff. We have enough people who can sit and pass paper back and forth. We will need the next generation to have dabblers who can look at things that break in a house or car and fix them. For me it was taking three years of shop when I was in public school. No longer is shop a core curriculum and our society and students are missing out. In my three years I learned woodworking, electronics repair, automotive repair, welding and using tools. Shop needs to return to our public schools for every student. Boys and girls. Make all of them handy and then let them sort out what needs to be fixed. For every person who looks at the stars we need someone who can look at the biffy and know how to get it working again. Our society has a bountiful amount of goods but someone (dabblers) must be encouraged to learn how to fix these things. Email: - Swickard’s new novel, HideawayHills, is available at

Runners And Walkers Can Enter Alien Chase

The City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the Alien Chase Saturday, July 1. The event will begin at 7 a.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center at 900 N. Main. The Alien Chase includes a 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run, and a 5K walk. Participants in each race will compete in nine age divisions for men and women. Age divisions are 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-70, and 70 and over. Overall men’s and women’s winners in each race will receive awards. First- through third-place finishers in each age group will receive medals. Commemorative “70th Anniversary of UFO Crash” T-shirts will be given to all participants and drawings for door prizes will take place following the races. Entry forms are available at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center at 807 N. Missouri or online at Registration on race day will be from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the convention center. Packet pick up will be June 30 at the convention center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or on race day morning from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Pre-registration cost for the races is $30 (plus tax) through June 30. Cost is $35 (plus tax) on race day. For more information, call (575) 624-6719 or send a message on the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center Facebook page.

Summer Sports Camps Begin With Tennis

The City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Summer Sports Camps, kicking off with the Tennis Camp June 5-8. The camp is for ages 6-14 and will take place each day 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cahoon Park Tennis Courts. The cost is $30 (plus tax). Participants are encouraged to bring their own racquets, although racquets will be available for those who do not have their own. All other supplies will be provided. For more information, contact Chad Mann at (254) 371-0823 or Roswell Parks and Recreation at (575) 624-6719. The Roswell Tennis Academy is also offering its own Summer Fun Tennis Camps at Cahoon Park Tennis Courts. Session 1 is June 26-29 and Session 2 is July 31-Aug. 3. The camp will run 8:30-11:30 a.m. each day. It is open to ages 5-15 and includes techniques, drills, water games, snacks and more. For more information, contact Chad Mann at (254) 371-0823. Preregistration is required for the city and academy camps. Register by calling the phone numbers listed. The city Parks and Recreation Summer Sports Camps will feature other sports throughout the summer, including volleyball (June 26-29), basketball (July 10-13) and football (July 24-27). Information about those camps will be provided as they approach.