New Mexico state auditor issues counterfeit money warning
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state auditor has issued a warning about counterfeit money found in the southern part of the state.
The Artesia Daily Press reports the Office of the State Auditor last week issued a risk advisory alerting the public, business owners, and governmental agencies about counterfeit money in circulation.
Republican minority in New Mexico House choose new leader
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Republicans, who lost multiple seats in this month's election, have chosen a new minority leader.
Rep. James Townsend of Artesia was elected Sunday to lead Republican lawmakers.
Republicans came away with 24 seats in the 70-member chamber after the Nov. 6 election. It's the party's smallest House caucus since 1996.
Republican minority in New Mexico House to pick new leader
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Representatives making up the Republican minority in the New Mexico House are scheduled to meet Sunday to pick a new leader in the wake of the Nov. 7 general election that saw the GOP caucus lose multiple seats.
3 men killed in 2 car crashes in New Mexico’s Eddy County
EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say three people have been killed in two separate car crashes in Eddy County.
They say 23-year-old Mario Pinion Medrano and 25-year-old Marcos Acosta were passengers in a pickup truck that rolled over about 8 a.m. Tuesday on State Road 31 east of Carlsbad.
The two men from Hobbs both were declared dead at the scene and the vehicle's driver was injured.
New Mexicans team up for latest independent film
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces director and a producer from Santa Fe are teaming up for an independent film about a man who is struggling with his faith and is uneasy about getting older.
The New Mexico Film Office says "Walking with Herb" will begin shooting in September in Las Cruces and Artesia. It will star Edward James Olmos, George Lopez and Mary McDonnell.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — An Artesia-based oil company is close to finalizing numerous leases with mineral rights owners in Carlsbad as it moves ahead with plans to drill under the southeastern New Mexico city.
Santo Petroleum got approval from city councilors in 2017 to go door to door and offer residents five-year leases for their mineral rights.
Air Force looking to expand airspace in New Mexico
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Air Force officials continue trying to ease concerns over the proposed expansion of military training airspace in southeastern New Mexico.
Local business and government leaders fear that the expansion could affect the residents' lives and the local economy, the Roswell Daily Record reported .
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — When someone asks Candy Spence-Ezzell, who represents District 58 in the New Mexico Legislature, where she grew up, her answer is typically "west of L.A."
If your first thought after reading that makes you think of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, that somewhat-large body of water west of the sprawling metropolis, then you got the wrong interpretation.
The Capital Jaguars have been down this road before, and against this team.
2 die in vehicle crash near Mayhill, 3rd person injured
MAYHILL, N.M. (AP) — Two people died in a one-vehicle crash near Mayhill when the driver struck a tree and rolled down an embankment.
New Mexico State Police say 63-year-old Vicky Eudy of Alamogordo and 53-year-old Mark Torrez of Artesia were both fatally injured in the crash late Friday morning.
Another person in the car suffered injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening.
New Mexico lawmaker says budget committee met secretively
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says his budget request to restore $41 million to public school reserve accounts was pushed aside after members of lead budget writing committee met out of public view.
Rep. James Townsend of Artesia says House rules may have been broken when a quorum of 10 members of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee met in a legislative agency conference room to discuss provisions of a proposed $6.3 billion budget.
Jury convicts Artesia man in killing of NMSU student in 2015
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A jury has returned a guilty verdict against an Artesia man who said he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a New Mexico State University student who was home to visit his family.
The jury deliberated two hours Friday before convicting 23-year-old Daniel Aguilera of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Andres Rojo.
Aguilera also was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the wounding of Rojo's brother, Luis.
Attorney: Man acted in self-defense in fatal 2015 shooting
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Defense attorneys say a southwestern New Mexico man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 22-year-old Andres Rojo in Artesia in 2015.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the first day of trial began Monday for 23-year-old Daniel Aguilera, who is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Artesia man gets 2-year prison term in DWI crash that hurt 6
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — An Artesia man has been sentenced to two years in prison and eight years of supervised probation for a DWI crash that injured a family of six in 2016.
Prosecutors say 32-year-old Blake Bollema pleaded no contest to six counts of great bodily harm by a vehicle, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm or death, failure to give information and render aid and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and failure to yield.
7-year-old boy dead, 2 others hurt in Artesia crash
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has died and two others were injured in a vehicle crash in Artesia.
New Mexico State Police say the collision occurred Wednesday afternoon on US 285.
A Chrysler sedan heading north was attempting a left turn when it was struck by a pickup truck driving south.
Artesia council votes to disinfect water system
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Artesia city councilors have voted to move forward with disinfection of the community's drinking water system.
The vote comes in the wake of a series of boil-water orders that were issued due to E. coli contamination. The first order in July was followed by another alert two months later. In October, a sample again tested positive.
New Mexico man sentenced in 2012 deadly shooting case
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man has been convicted for the second time in the 2012 killing of another southern New Mexico man.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2frhM14 ) that it took nearly an hour and a half for jurors to find Mathew Sloan guilty of first-degree murder and burglary. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Boil-water advisory lifted for Artesia water system, co-op
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A boil-water advisory has been lifted and New Mexico environmental regulators say Artesia residents can again use water from the municipal water system and the Morningside Water Users Cooperative for drinking, bathing and cooking.
The advisory was issued Sept. 16 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was found in water from the municipal system.
Police: Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Artesia man
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Artesia say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man following an argument over alleged stolen property.
Artesia police say 25-year-old Ruben Lopez was arrested Tuesday without incident.
They say 34-year-old Ronald McLean was shot once in the head around 9 p.m. Monday.
Artesia schools close after second boil water advisory
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Artesia public schools will be closed through Tuesday in response to a second boil water advisory sent out by the state in two months.
KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2ff3Zuj ) Artesia residents are advised to boil their drinking water after E.coli was detected in the water supply. It's the second boil water advisory issued by the New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau since July.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling upholds a Carlsbad's man's murder conviction in the 2012 killing of an Artesia man at the victim's home.
The ruling dated Friday and released Monday turns down an appeal by Senovio Mendoza, who was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Timothy Wallace, a drug dealer who owed money to Mendoza.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Eddy County voters have gathered enough petition signatures to force a special election to decide if tax increases approved by county commissioners should stand.
The Eddy County Commission in May approved a one-eighth of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase to build a county detention center and another one-eighth of 1 percent increase to general purpose gross receipts, the Roswell Daily Record reported (http://bit.ly/2vqkmup ).
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Water problems may continue in a southeastern New Mexico community despite the lifting of a boil-water alert in the wake of the discovery of E. coli.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (https://goo.gl/LtfksC) state experts say the chlorine flushing used to disinfect Artesia's water of E. coli could create even more concerns for the rural city's distribution system.
That chlorination could cause poisonous levels of lead and copper to leach into the system.
Eddy County water officials lift water advisory
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Eddy County are lifting a boil water advisory that was issued nearly 10 days ago after they found E. coli in it.
The New Mexico Environment Department says only customers of the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative were affected.
The department issued the advisory on July 15 after finding contamination in the water.
Week-long Artesia water boil advisory may end soon
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Residents in a southeastern New Mexico community are hoping that a week-long water boil advisory will be lifted soon.
The Artesia Daily Press reports (https://goo.gl/Hma5kx) that test results of 10 water samples tested negative for any bacteria in Artesia this weekend. If state officials come up with the same results, the boil advisory could be lifted as early as Monday.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — State officials are urging thousands of residents in one southeastern New Mexico community to boil their water after tests turned up E. coli contamination in their water system.
The New Mexico Environment Department says the boil advisory issued over the weekend includes the city of Artesia as well as surrounding homes that rely on the Morningside Water Users Cooperative.
New Mexico father acquitted in case of burned 3-year-old
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The father of a 3-year-old girl who suffered severe burns after he set a backyard bonfire at a New Mexico home has been acquitted of child abuse.
The Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2qauRMy) jurors found 39-year-old Jimmy Olguin of Artesia not guilty on Wednesday.
Olguin's daughter suffered second- and third-degree burns on about 17 percent of her body after her clothing caught fire in March.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture says a small number of residential pecan trees are being affected by pecan weevil in five eastern New Mexico cities.
Pecan weevil is a significant insect pest of pecan and is not recognized as being established in New Mexico commercial orchards.
Recently, pecan weevil has been identified in residential trees in Clovis, Roswell and Lovington.
Third man arrested in beating death of Roswell man
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a third suspect in the killing of a 49-year-old Roswell man.
The Artesia Daily Press (http://bit.ly/2nwKDTa ) reports that the Eddy County Sheriff's Office arrested 21-year-old Ryan Morgan of Artesia on Wednesday in connection to the beating death of Danny Mendes on March 5.
Mendes was found on a roadway and died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police described his killing as a bludgeoning.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a Carlsbad man is dead after his motorcycle collided with an ambulance in Artesia while he was fleeing authorities.
They say the fatal accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
Police say a motorcycle driven by 38-year-old David Moore was fleeing from Artesia police at a high rate of speed when he collided with the back of an ambulance at an intersection.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney for Lea, Eddy and Chaves counties has cleared two officers involved in a police shooting that left one man dead in Artesia last summer.
DA Dianna Luce wrote in a letter released Friday that Officer Beth Hahn was justified in shooting 36-year-old Juan Duran during a confrontation on July 26, 2016.
Oil rep: Fracking opposition hurting New Mexico oil industry
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Opposition to fracking is threatening the political viability of the oil industry in New Mexico, and oil companies will start fighting back against criticism, an oil and gas industry lobbyist warned.
Eddy County officials: Plot targeted officers, families
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Eddy County say a drug investigation unveiled a plot to harm law enforcement officers and their families.
The Artesia Daily Press (https://goo.gl/SUijOU ) reports that 17 arrests were made Feb. 1-2 as authorities went to dozens of homes and interviewed approximately 100 people during the drug investigation.
New Mexico agency imposes pecan tree quarantine in 4 cities
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 60-day quarantine is being imposed in four eastern New Mexico communities to restrict the movement of pecan trees in those communities in order to protect the pecan industry from an insect pest.
The state Department of Agriculture says its quarantine bars movement of residential pecan trees within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, and Artesia without a permit issued by the department.
State Police: Man dies after getting trapped under his truck
HAGERMAN, N.M. (AP) — State Police have released the name of a 96-year-old man who died after becoming trapped under his pickup truck in southeastern New Mexico.
Officers were called to the scene of a single vehicle crash about noon Saturday in Hagerman, which is between Roswell and Artesia.
When officers arrived on scene they learned that Lecil Warren had become trapped underneath a pickup and was unconscious.
Halliburton to hire 200 workers in Permian Basin
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Oil service company Halliburton has announced plans to bring about 200 jobs to the Permian Basin, an area which covers southeast New Mexico and parts of western Texas.
The Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2hB2c2u ) Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir says in a Wednesday statement there will be job opportunities in various parts of the basin, including in Artesia.
Report: Breweries spread to all corners of New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state labor department says small breweries have spread to all corners of New Mexico.
A recent report by the Department of Workforce Solutions lists nearly four dozen breweries in the state with 25 in Albuquerque, five in Santa Fe and the rest spread from Farmington and Eagle Nest south to Las Cruces and Artesia.
Officials report whooping cough outbreak in Eddy County
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say there is an outbreak of whooping cough in Eddy County.
The Artesia Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2hdRgGh ) that according to the New Mexico Department of Health, there have been 20 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, in Eddy County since Nov. 1, including 10 school-aged children.
Artesia murder suspect out on bail for 2015 fatal shooting
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A suspect police say shot and killed an Artesia man this week was out on bail for a 2015 fatal shooting of a New Mexico State University student.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (https://goo.gl/IPJLZD ) 22-year-old Daniel Aguilera is suspected of killing 21-year-old Otis Chavez on Tuesday.
Authorities say Aguilera already is facing a murder charge in the 2015 shooting death of New Mexico State University student Andres Rojo.
Artesia police investigate explosion that left man injured
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Investigators are working to determine the cause of an explosion outside an Artesia convenience store that left a man injured and forced a bomb squad to evacuate the area.
The Artesia Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2i5gd4p ) that police had responded after the explosion Sunday night. Authorities say a pickup truck was heavily damaged and the vehicle's owner sustained minor injuries.
2 New Mexico inmates arraigned in prison van escape case
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico inmates pleaded not guilty Monday at their arraignment on charges of escaping from the back of a prison van earlier this year.
Convicted felons Lionel Clah and Joseph Cruz both entered the pleas in state court in Carlsbad, the district attorney's office said. It was not immediately clear when they will stand trial on the charges.
The Latest: 2 inmates arraigned in prison van escape case
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the court proceedings involving two inmates who escaped from a prison van (all times local):
Two New Mexico inmates have been arraigned on charges stemming from their escape from the back of a prison van earlier this year.
Lionel Clah and Joseph Cruz appeared before a state district judge in Carlsbad on Monday morning. Both men are charged in the March escape.
Artesia accepts donation to overturn police pay cuts
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Police and firefighters in Artesia will not be taking pay cuts because the city will accept a donation from an anonymous donor to offset the costs.
Donor overturns pay cuts for Artesia police, firefighters
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Police and firefighters in Artesia will not have their salaries slashed thanks to an anonymous donor.
The city announced immediate pay cuts of 10 percent last month for all employees for the fiscal year that began July 1.
Officials say the cost-cutting measure was necessary in the wake of a revenue decline from the oil and gas industries.
Oil downturn ripples through city finances in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Hard times are turning more worrisome for cities and small towns in the heart of New Mexico oil and natural gas territory as state officials contemplate reclaiming dollars pledged to local construction projects to help fill a budget gap.
New Mexico is confronting a $458 million budget shortfall this fiscal year because of weak prices in the oil and natural gas sectors and slow growth in other areas of the economy.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city hit with declining revenues because of the area's oil downturn is slashing city employees' pay.
The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://goo.gl/THPoqr) Artesia's nearly 200 city employees have had their annual salaries and hourly pay rates suddenly reduced by 10 percent due to the economic decline.
Those cuts include salary reductions for police officers and firefighters.
New Mexico officer who fatally shot man is ex-journalist
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have identified the Artesia police officer who fatally shot an armed man last week.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://goo.gl/ghQJXW) former Hobbs News-Sun reporter and current officer Beth Hahn shot and killed 36-year-old Juan Reynaldo Duran after responding to a call about shots being fired.
According to police, Duran pointed a firearm at Artesia police officers several times and ignored repeated commands to drop his...
Valley High's new football head coach Judge Chavez barks out some orders to his players as they do exercises during a recent practice.(Jim Thompson/Journal)