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Lovington High School Student Dies After Accident in Parking Lot

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The Lovington High School student who was involved in an accident in the Lovington High School Parking lot has died.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that the announcement came from the Lovington High School Superintendant, Darin Maines yesterday evening.  The young lady, whose name has not been released, was reportedly injured the day before yesterday around 3:30 in the parking lot.  Reports say she sustained head wounds and was first transported to a Lovington Hospital and then to Lubbock University Medical Center.

 

Eddy County Deputy Placed on Leave

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

KOB is reporting that Eddy County Sheriff’s officials have confirmed that Deputy Sheriff Lisa Springer and Sgt. Carolyn Newman are on administrative leave following the arrest of Springer Wednesday night in Carlsbad on a domestic violence offense.

 

 

Kenneth Young Interviewed’

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The fifth and final city manager candidate, Kenneth Young , was interviewed by Roswell City Councilors Thursday afternoon.  Young currently serves as Senior Project Manager for the county administrator in Loudon County , Virginia.  This would be his first city managerial position if hired, but he has worked as Assistant City Manager in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

“The opportunities that I saw here in Roswell…yes, it has it’s negatives, but it also has a lot of benefits that if we were to strategize right and carry out a plan to get things in place that it could be a very successful city in carrying out a long-term vision,” he said.

Other candidates that have been interviewed included former Converse, Texas City Manager Shawna Burkhardt,  North Carolina Consultant Ed Burchins, Former Midland, Texas City Manager James Nichols, and  current Keller, Texas City Manager Steven Polasek.

 

Two special city council meetings have been scheduled , one on September 2nd in which councilors will discuss the candidates in closed session and then one September 9th in which Mayor Dennis Kintigh is expected to recommend a candidate for hire.

 

 

Roswell Fire Department Discusses Texting-While-Driving-Related Hazards

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The dangers of texting and driving were discussed at yesterday afternoon’s Roswell Chamber of Commerce “Lunch and Learn” held at the chamber office.  Roswell Fire Department officials presented some videos detailing tragedies that have occurred as a result of the distraction and yesterday’s program also included the use of a simulator owned by the Chaves County DWI program which gives the user an idea as to how easily the illegal practice can take your attention off the road.

“I tried it and it’s pretty tough,” said Fire Chief Chad Hamil. “ And I wasn’t even texting and I could hardly get it done so it’s a good eye opener.”

 

Hamil said talks are underway with Roswell School District officials to include the simulator in the district curriculum.

 

 

SPONSORS AND PLAYERS SOUGHT FOR

TWELFTH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

The ENMU-Roswell Foundation will hold its Twelfth Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 4 at NMMI Golf Course. Tee times are 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost for the four-person team scramble tournament is $75 per player or $300 per team. Teams should have a minimum total handicap of 40. The fee includes breakfast (for morning players), lunch, green fees, carts, and range balls. The top three teams in each flight will receive gift certificates to the NMMI Pro Shop. Other prizes will be presented to players who make the longest drive and get closest to the pin. Additional prize drawings will also be held with donated items from local businesses. 

 

Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Foundation’s General Excellence Fund. Event ($1500), Corporate ($500), and Hole ($150) sponsorships are also available.

An Event Sponsor will receive two 4-member golf teams, as well as special banner signage at the event. A Corporate Sponsor will receive one 4-member golf team and signage at the event. As a Hole Sponsor, the business or individual name will be placed on a sign at a tee box. To sign up a team or become a sponsor, call Craig Collins at 575-624-7304. Payments can be sent to:  ENMU-Roswell Foundation, P.O. Box 6000, Roswell, NM  88202-6000. 

 

Team entry and sponsorship forms are also posted on the ENMU-Roswell web site, (www.roswell.enmu.edu) by clicking on the golf tournament slide from the home page.

 CarlsbadFire Department to Host Combat Challenge

Members of the Carlsbad Fire Department have been stunning the competition at Firefighter Combat Challenges around the country recently, and now the group will have the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd.

 

The Carlsbad, New Mexico, Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held Aug. 29 and 30 at the Carlsbad Beach. Carlsbad Fire Chief Rick Lopez said ten local firefighters will be competing, including the members of Carlsbad’s top rated team.

 

The event begins with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., followed by the individual competition. Relay and tandem competitions begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The Firefighter Combat Challenge is a demanding five-event physical challenge that includes a stair climb with a high-rise pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance, and a victim rescue.

 “We will also have a kid’s competition, where boys and girls can dress up and run in a challenge of their own,” Lopez said. The event is paid for through the Carlsbad lodger’s tax fund. Carlsbad Medical Center has also provided a rehab tent in support of the competition.

 

The Carlsbad Fire Department team of Jay Carter, Geronimo Ontiveros, Todd Vannatter, Brad Carlsen and Casey Collins is currently ranked first in the nation. John Riddle will be taking Collins’ place at the upcoming local event.

 

“They are trying to win the whole thing this year,” Lopez added. “We came really close last year, and we’re number one right now because they’ve won first or second place in so many events. They are the team to beat.”

 

Firefighters pay their own way to travel to competitions or are assisted by sponsors. The U.S. Nationals this year will be held in Tyler, Texas, on Oct. 23, and the World Challenge will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., in November.

 For more information on the Firefighter Combat Challenge, visit http://www.firefighterchallenge.com/

  

 

Lovington High School Student Dies After Accident in Parking Lot

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The Lovington High School student who was involved in an accident in the Lovington High School Parking lot has died.  The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that the announcement came from the Lovington High School Superintendant, Darin Maines yesterday evening.  The young lady, whose name has not been released, was reportedly injured the day before yesterday around 3:30 in the parking lot.  Reports say she sustained head wounds and was first transported to a Lovington Hospital and then to Lubbock University Medical Center.

 

Eddy County Deputy Placed on Leave

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

KOB is reporting that Eddy County Sheriff’s officials have confirmed that Deputy Sheriff Lisa Springer and Sgt. Carolyn Newman are on administrative leave following the arrest of Springer Wednesday night in Carlsbad on a domestic violence offense.

 

 

Kenneth Young Interviewed’

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The fifth and final city manager candidate, Kenneth Young , was interviewed by Roswell City Councilors Thursday afternoon.  Young currently serves as Senior Project Manager for the county administrator in Loudon County , Virginia.  This would be his first city managerial position if hired, but he has worked as Assistant City Manager in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

“The opportunities that I saw here in Roswell…yes, it has it’s negatives, but it also has a lot of benefits that if we were to strategize right and carry out a plan to get things in place that it could be a very successful city in carrying out a long-term vision,” he said.

Other candidates that have been interviewed included former Converse, Texas City Manager Shawna Burkhardt,  North Carolina Consultant Ed Burchins, Former Midland, Texas City Manager James Nichols, and  current Keller, Texas City Manager Steven Polasek.

 

Two special city council meetings have been scheduled , one on September 2nd in which councilors will discuss the candidates in closed session and then one September 9th in which Mayor Dennis Kintigh is expected to recommend a candidate for hire.

 

 

Roswell Fire Department Discusses Texting-While-Driving-Related Hazards

By Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

 

The dangers of texting and driving were discussed at yesterday afternoon’s Roswell Chamber of Commerce “Lunch and Learn” held at the chamber office.  Roswell Fire Department officials presented some videos detailing tragedies that have occurred as a result of the distraction and yesterday’s program also included the use of a simulator owned by the Chaves County DWI program which gives the user an idea as to how easily the illegal practice can take your attention off the road.

“I tried it and it’s pretty tough,” said Fire Chief Chad Hamil. “ And I wasn’t even texting and I could hardly get it done so it’s a good eye opener.”

 

Hamil said talks are underway with Roswell School District officials to include the simulator in the district curriculum.

 

 

SPONSORS AND PLAYERS SOUGHT FOR

TWELFTH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

The ENMU-Roswell Foundation will hold its Twelfth Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 4 at NMMI Golf Course. Tee times are 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost for the four-person team scramble tournament is $75 per player or $300 per team. Teams should have a minimum total handicap of 40. The fee includes breakfast (for morning players), lunch, green fees, carts, and range balls. The top three teams in each flight will receive gift certificates to the NMMI Pro Shop. Other prizes will be presented to players who make the longest drive and get closest to the pin. Additional prize drawings will also be held with donated items from local businesses. 

 

Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Foundation’s General Excellence Fund. Event ($1500), Corporate ($500), and Hole ($150) sponsorships are also available.

An Event Sponsor will receive two 4-member golf teams, as well as special banner signage at the event. A Corporate Sponsor will receive one 4-member golf team and signage at the event. As a Hole Sponsor, the business or individual name will be placed on a sign at a tee box. To sign up a team or become a sponsor, call Craig Collins at 575-624-7304. Payments can be sent to:  ENMU-Roswell Foundation, P.O. Box 6000, Roswell, NM  88202-6000. 

 

Team entry and sponsorship forms are also posted on the ENMU-Roswell web site, (www.roswell.enmu.edu) by clicking on the golf tournament slide from the home page.

 CarlsbadFire Department to Host Combat Challenge

Members of the Carlsbad Fire Department have been stunning the competition at Firefighter Combat Challenges around the country recently, and now the group will have the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd.

 

The Carlsbad, New Mexico, Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held Aug. 29 and 30 at the Carlsbad Beach. Carlsbad Fire Chief Rick Lopez said ten local firefighters will be competing, including the members of Carlsbad’s top rated team.

 

The event begins with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., followed by the individual competition. Relay and tandem competitions begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The Firefighter Combat Challenge is a demanding five-event physical challenge that includes a stair climb with a high-rise pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance, and a victim rescue.

 “We will also have a kid’s competition, where boys and girls can dress up and run in a challenge of their own,” Lopez said. The event is paid for through the Carlsbad lodger’s tax fund. Carlsbad Medical Center has also provided a rehab tent in support of the competition.

 

The Carlsbad Fire Department team of Jay Carter, Geronimo Ontiveros, Todd Vannatter, Brad Carlsen and Casey Collins is currently ranked first in the nation. John Riddle will be taking Collins’ place at the upcoming local event.

 

“They are trying to win the whole thing this year,” Lopez added. “We came really close last year, and we’re number one right now because they’ve won first or second place in so many events. They are the team to beat.”

 

Firefighters pay their own way to travel to competitions or are assisted by sponsors. The U.S. Nationals this year will be held in Tyler, Texas, on Oct. 23, and the World Challenge will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., in November.

 For more information on the Firefighter Combat Challenge, visit http://www.firefighterchallenge.com/

  

 

Roswell City Councilors Interview Fourth Out of Five City Manager Candidates
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News

Keller, Texas City Manager Steven Polasek appeared before Roswell City Councilors yesterday in the fourth of five city manager workshops. Polasek says he remains gainfully employed and does not need a new job, but he wanted to respond to the opportunity to interview for the position and see what rewards and challenges it might offer. In response to various questions, Polasek talked about financial contingency plans, privatizing services if there is a financial benefit to the city in doing so, keeping services in house if the city can better benefit from doing that, and capitalizing on Roswell’s assets.

He says there is a problem when someone from out-of-state only knows about Roswell because of the “alien “ connection and says there is so much more that can be done to attract people to the community .

He acknowledged the high crime rate in Roswell and said that can best be addressed by not only the city and police department, but the community as well.

Keller is a community between Dallas and Fort Worth and has a population of about 42,000.

Two Arrested in Dexter Beating
By Richard Morris.
KBIM Radio News

Chaves County Sheriffs officials have arrested two in connection with the stabbing and baseball bat beating of a 35-year-old man in Dexter early this morning at Cheyenne Dairy.. Arrested were Ismael and Ezequiel Chairez after a warrant was served at 1509 Lipan Road in Dexter. The bat and knife believed to have been used were located  at that address.
Deputies did not have the name of the victim when we talked with them , but they did say he was a 35-year old man who worked at Cheyenne Dairy and it is believed the incident was in retaliation for the termination of one and possibly both alleged assailants from their jobs at the dairy.
Both suspects were arrested on charges of Aggravated Battery, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery and Tampering with Evidence. The victim was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for treatment of injuries . Deputies did not know his latest status when we talked with them.

 

Property Owner To Appeal Third Denial of Zoning Change Request
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News

The third time was not a charm for property owners seeking to have their East Second Street property rezoned in order to allow the operation o...f a water and oil haul storage facility. Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission members voted 4-2 to deny Bill Shepard’s request for the zoning change. The action came back to the commission due to violations of the open meetings act related to a closed session that had occurred the last time the commission voted on it.
Shepard told the commission drainage would not be an issue, nor would noise. “We will do a site map. The best mitigation for noise is distance. This could be put on the extreme west side of the property for the zone change,” Shepard said.

Several nearby property owners did express their continued opposition to the change. Diana Chaves Barnes says she is looking into moving onto her business property which is next to Shepard’s. She has CLL , a type of lymphoma, which is in remission. “Anything with chemicals, or sprays and pollutants and things like that which could occur would affect me,” she said.

Commissioners Riley Armstrong, Shirley Childress, Toby Gross and Eddie Carillo voted against a motion to grant the request.

Bruce Gwartney and David Story voted in favor of granting it.

Shepard says the decision will be appealed before the Roswell City Council.

 

 

Zia Park Hotel to Hold Opening Ceremonies
By Richard Morris
KBIM Radio News

The Zia Park Hotel will hold it's official grand opening ceremony in Hobbs this afternoon. A ribbon-cutting will be held at the brand new 154-bed facility which will be followed by tours of the new hotel.

 

 

Pedestrian Fatalities High In New Mexico

(Albuquerque, NM) -- New Mexico is one of the deadliest states for pedestrians. The Mid-Region Council of Governments released a new report that says the state is the fifth worst in the nation when it comes to pedestrian fatalities. The study also found that drinking played a large role in several accidents. From 2008 to 2001, Bernalillo County racked up more than seven-hundred pedestrian crashes.

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