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Hobbs Apartment Complex Goes Up in Flames

by Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News


The Hobbs Daily Sun reports that a series of fires engulfed five buildings under construction at an apartment complex.  Some fifty firefighters and police officers responded to what was believed to be the biggest fire in Hobbs history as what started out as a small blaze in a building under construction at the Ledgestone Apartments eventually comsumed five buildings displacing dozens of families.  There were no injuries and no lives lost.




PED:Schools Showing Improvement
by RIchard Morris
KBIM Radio News

It looks like schools are improving in New Mexico. The state's Public Education Deprtment released a report yesterday which showed more than 70 percent of schools maintained or improved their letter grade.

Here is how local and area schools fared

Goddard High , Sidney Gutierrez Charter and Valley View Elementary maintai......ned an A.

Berrendo Middle scored a B down from an A last year, Del Norte Elementary , East Grand Plains Elementary, and Military Heights Elementary maintained a B and Roswell High scored a B after receiving a failing grade last year.

Berrendo Elementary, Missouri Avenue Elementary, and Pecos Elementary , went down from a B to a C this year, El Capitan went up from a D last year to a C this year, as did Sierra Middle School.
Sunset Elementary received a C this year, up from a failing grade last year.

Mesa Middle scored a D this year , up from a failing grade last year. So did Monterrey Elementary, Mountain View Middle School, Nancy Lopez Elementary, University High, and Washington Avenue Elementary.

Penasco Elementary in Artesia maintained an A grade. Artesia HIgh went up from C to B this year, Artesia Zia Intermediate maintained a B as did Grand Heights Early Childhood, Hermosa , Roselawn, Yeso and Yucca Elementary. Central went down from a B to a C, and Artesia Park Junior High maintained a D.

Jefferson Montessori Charter maintained an A in the Carlsbad School District, Joe Stanley Smith and Puckett Elementary maintained a B., Riverside Elementary went down from an A to a B,
Carlsbad High rose from a D to a C, The Early Childhood Education Center maintained a C, Monterrey Elementary went down from a B to a C as did Sunset Elementary,, Pate Elementary rose from an F to a C, Craft Elementary went from a B to a D, and Alta Vista and Hillcrest Elementary maintained an F. P. R.Levya went down from a D to an F.

Dexter Elementary maintained a B while the HIgh School went down from a B to a C and the Middle School rose from an F to a C.

Hagerman HIgh rose from a B to an A,. The Middle and Elementary Schools rose from an F to a D.

Overall District grades have not been released


Police Working Arson and Aggravated Battery

by Richard Morris

KBIM Radio News

Roswell police are investigating an arson and aggravated battery that occurred early this morning in the area of the Roswell Industrial Air Center..  Police spokesperson Lisa Brackeen says the arson involved a vehicle that had been stolen from the Roswell Livestock Auction and was found burned in the 6300 block of YO Road .  She says there were items in the vehicle that police believe  the perpetrators were interested in and she says the circumstances surrounding this arson are different from the circumstances surrounding the others that have been reported in Roswell.


Bracken says the aggravated battery occurred in the base area as well.  She says there were no major injuries . Detectives are still conducting interviews and executing search













>>DOJ And Albuquerque Join Efforts In APD Reform

(Albuquerque, NM)  --  The DOJ and state officials are working together to fix the Albuquerque Police Department.  Both groups signed a statement yesterday which outlines their efforts to reform the department.  The move comes after a DOJ investigation earlier this year found that officers have shown a pattern of excessive force.  They will begin improving several areas including policies, training and officer recruitment.

>>Pojoaque Pueblo Wants New Casino Laws

(Santa Fe, NM)  --  Pojoaque Pueblo officials are asking that the federal government exclude them from New Mexico casino laws.   Pojoaque is pitching a new gambling compact that would no longer require them to pay the state a portion of slot machine revenues.  It is also proposing lowering the gambling age to 18.  Currently the pueblo runs two casinos in Santa Fe.  A spokesman for Governor Martinez says the move is reckless and if approved it could threaten the safety of visitors.

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>>Man Facing Child Porn Charges

(Albuquerque, NM)  --  A New Mexico man is accused of having thousands of child porn pictures.  A BCSO spokesman says they arrested Michael Apodaca yesterday after the AG's office was tipped off about his suspected Internet activity.  Officials are accusing Apodaca of downloading sexual images of children as young as five years old.

>>ABQ Among Worst Cities For Business

(Undated)  --  Albuquerque isn't the ideal place to do business.  That's according to Forbes, which ranks Albuquerque near the bottom of the top 200 metro areas in the US.  The city scored low marks in job growth, the cost of doing business, income, and education levels.  Raleigh, North Carolina is tops. Colorado has five cities in the top 30 with Denver at number four.



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