|Paul Gessing Talks About The Halbig Case And Money For Film Industry|
The head of the Rio Grande Foundation think tank says Obama Care was dealt another blow this week thanks to the Halbig case. Paul Gessing also says despite people gushing over a study that shows the movie industry does well in New Mexico, he says film subsidies are a boondoggle. You can hear more by going to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Sen. Heinrich Pushes Congress To Renew Fund|
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging Congress to renew the fund which is credited with paying for many recreation areas in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation. Heinrich says the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley and the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico. Heinrich was among those who joined the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition for the release of a new report on the 50th anniversary of the fund. It was created by Congress and runs out next year.
|Artesia FFA Does Well At Lamb Show|
Wednesday at the Eddy County Fair in Artesia, sheep and lambs took center stage and Cooper Hall of the Artesia High FFA took home Grand Champion in the Market Lamb show. Tori Null(pictured) also of the Artesia High FFA took Reserve Champion.
|Artesia Mayor Talks About FLETC And Retreat|
Phil Burch appeared Wednesday on the KSVP Morning Show and he provided an update on the illegal immigrants that are staying at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. He says 100 people have been deported and the majority are going back to Honduras. He also addressed the medical issues that some of the illegals are dealing with. He also talked about the annual retreat this weekend in Cloudcroft. Get a complete recap now in the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Entries Into WIPP Underground Resume|
Entries into the WIPP underground facility have resumed after being suspended for several weeks while workers changed air filters on the WIPP Ventilation System. The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has completed their examination in most of the underground facility. However, Room 7 Panel 7 will be inaccessible to recovery workers until the AIB investigation is completed.On July 18, employees entered the underground facility to conduct radiological surveys and evaluate ground control conditions to ensure the continued safety of future entry teams. They also tested a localized power unit and substation, identifying the reasons for its inoperability. Workers are now preparing to repair the unit during an upcoming entry.Water levels in the waste shaft sump are significant because contact with the steel tail ropes for the 45-ton Waste Hoist may have resulted in contamination of the ropes. During the July 18 entry, the team also checked the water level and determined it was well below the level required to make contact with the ropes. This finding will facilitate the waste hoist’s return to service and should allow additional personnel and equipment to be transported to the underground facility in support of recovery activities.
|DAV Chapter 19 Can Be Found At The Eddy County Fair|
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19 has a booth at the Eddy County Fair. Danny Carroll of the DAV is inviting people to stop by and learn more about the organization. While you are there learn more about the Standdown coming to Artesia and Carlsbad in late September. To find out more go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|NM In Focus Takes A Look At The Closing Of WIPP|
It has been a few months since a radiation leak shutdown at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. New Mexico In Focus from KNME-TV offered an in-depth discussion recently on the issue. To watch it, go to the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.
|Artesia QB Club Meeting Coming|
Football season will be here soon and the Artesia Quarterback Club will hold their first meeting of the year on Aug. 5th at 7:30pm at the Field House. All men interested in the AHS Football team are welcome to attend. They will be electing officers and discussing the hamburger fry.
|Legal Help Sought For Kids At Immigration Hearings|
A lawsuit filed against the federal government by the ACLU and other groups is seeking government provided legal counsel for undocumented children at immigration hearings. Matt Adams with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project says thousands of children each year are forced to face a government lawyer by themselves at immigration hearings. He says children who have an attorney, usually provided at no cost by an organization like his, have a much better chance of proving that they qualify for refugee status.
|Eddy County Fair Underway|
The Eddy County Fair is underway in Artesia. It started Monday with the parade and opening ceremonies. All sorts of events are taking place this week with action amping on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you go to the fair, be sure to checkout the exhibits. The Artesia Drug and Crime Coalition is there and you can check out an interview with Sarah Mitchell by going to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Helen Kobelnyk Talks About Roswell Animal Shelter|
In an earlier interview, Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh talked about the issues involving the City and the Roswell Animal Shelter. Now, a woman who describes herself as an Animal Advocate, talks about things from the point of view of those associated with the Animal Shelter. To hear from Helene Kobelnyk, go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.(Photo courtesy of Helene Kobelnyk)
|APD Files Complaint |
The Artesia Police Department reports that a David Mendez from Carlsbad has been charged with false impriosnment. According to a criminal complaint filed Sunday, the suspect has been accused of preventing his victim from leaving a residence by placing his body in front of a door and placing a board across the door. The complaint says the accused was taken to the Artesia jail.
|Fire Contained |
The Frijole Ridge Fire in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park is 100 percent contained, according to officials. It was reported last week and burned two acres. It was caused by lightning. Rainfall last week helped put it out. Crews monitored it over the weekend and no flare ups were reported. (Photo by Kevin Pellman)
|Roswell Mayor Talks Animal Issues |
Dennis Kintigh gives the side of the City of Roswell and a fight with some animal rights groups on dogs that are being euthanized. A website and a some Facebook campaigns are asking to people to speak up to the Roswell City Council. To hear more from Mayor Kintigh, go to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.
|Old Lincoln Days Coming |
The Lincoln County War was one of the most explosive episodes in the history of the New Mexico territory. It also gave Billy The Kid a passport to the ages. Aug. 1-3 Lincoln County residents will relive that time during Old Lincoln Days. Kent McInnes of Capitan has been associated with it for decades. You can hear more by going to the podcast section on the left hand side of the page.(Photo courtesy of Billy The Kid Pageant website)
|Well Testing Coming To Roswell |
The New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health will be participating in the Roswell Health Fair and will be hosting a Domestic Well Water Testing Event. The event will be held on Saturday, July 26th at the Roswell Boys and Girls Club, 200 South Garden, Roswell, NM from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Citizens with domestic wells are encouraged to bring in a 1-gallon fresh water sample from your well (find a faucet that is not connected to a treatment system such as reverse osmosis, water softener, or carbon filter) in a clean glass or plastic container and get it tested.Samples may be dropped off and results will be mailed to you. If available, please provide well depth, depth to water, well casing material and distance from well to the nearest septic tank/leachfield system. Drinking water will be tested on site for the following parameters: Arsenic, Electrical Conductivity, Fluoride, Iron, Manganese, Nitrate, pH and Sulfate.