HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The heart of New Mexico's booming oil country has more real estate agents than homes to sell.
The numbers come as officials in Lea County worry about a housing shortage...
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Southeast New Mexico pecan growers say there aren't enough qualified pest control professionals in the area to help eradicate an invasive bug.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Cutting Humor edged Anothertwistafate by a neck to win the $800,000 Sunland Derby and enter the picture for the Kentucky Derby.
2 New Mexico inmates face charges from escape attempt
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two inmates who authorities allege tried to escape from a southeastern New Mexico jail this month face kidnapping and conspiracy charges.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of southeastern New Mexico residents enrolled in Medicaid may soon not be able to access Lea Regional Medical Group and its physicians for non-emergencies.
Trump official touts oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A top Trump administration official touted record sales for oil and gas leases under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday as he sought to promote energy development on public lands.
In a statement, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the federal agency last year generated $1.1 billion from the lease sales, making 2018 its highest-grossing year.
The Latest: Trump official touts lease sales in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's visit to New Mexico's oil region (all times local):
A top Trump administration official is touting record sales for oil and gas leases under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as he seeks to promote energy development on public lands.
Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the federal agency last year generated $1.1 billion from oil and gas lease sales, making 2018 its highest-grossing year.
‘Record-breaking’ home sales seen in New Mexico’s oil region
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Realtors in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil country say home sales broke records last year and that could spell more housing shortages.
The Hobbs Sun-News reports real estate agents reported record sales in 2018 with a median home price of $165,000 in Lea County.
Vegetable oil vandals delay classes at New Mexico school
EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school was forced to delay classes after authorities say vandals poured vegetable oil throughout the hallways.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the oil was poured at Eunice High School in the small city of Eunice late Sunday and forced janitors to clean up the mess Monday morning.
Proposed potash mine plan advances amid new agreement
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Plans for a proposed potash mine in southeast New Mexico are advancing amid a new agreement.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the Hobbs-based PolyNatura announced that week it has signed a deal with national fertilizer company Nitron Group to purchase 75 percent of PolyNatura's production.
Hobbs, facing staffing shortage amid oil boom, OKs pay study
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city in the heart of the state's oil boom will launch a study focusing on police and firefighters pay.
Mathis, Jackson lead New Mexico over Southwest
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis scored 18 points, Vance Jackson added 16 points, and New Mexico defeated NAIA-member University of the Southwest 103-47 on Sunday.
Drue Drinnon had 12 assists and Karim Ezzeddine grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lobos (6-6). Carlton Bragg had 12 points and seven rebounds and Tavian Percy contributed 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Josh Harris had 14 points and six rebounds for the Mustangs.
New Mexico county funnels money toward public infrastructure
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Southern New Mexico's Lea County is committing almost $340,000 for public infrastructure to help the city of Hobbs as it deals with a housing shortage brought on by an oil boom.
The largest chunk of the funding will be used to partner with Hobbs in an infrastructure incentive program for single- and multi-family homes. The county has a similar partnership with the city of Lovington.
Report: New Mexico county lost $32K in phishing scam
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a southeastern New Mexico county has become the latest victim of a phishing scam after an employee was duped into sending money to a fake account.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County Manager Mike Gallagher said last week a fraudulent email purporting and appearing to be from one of the recent fair and rodeo's vendors sought payment of $32,500 and an employee paid the wire transfer.
Lawsuit accuses Hobbs police of wrongful arrests
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico police officers have been named in a federal lawsuit that claims they wrongfully detained a man as he stood near a parked car, and arresting another after he asked officers what they were doing as they interrupted their family gathering.
The family believes race was a factor in police's decision to approach the men in Hobbs, their attorney said.
New Mexico Republican retires from state Senate
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Carroll Leavell of Jal is retiring after more than two decades in the New Mexico Legislature.
Leavell told the Hobbs News-Sun that he decided to step aside due to health reasons. He says he fought cancer for more than two years and while it's under control, the aftermath has been difficult.
State Police: Truck slams into stopped vehicles; 2 killed
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two New Mexico women were killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into their SUV and four other vehicles stopped as workers ran power lines across the roadway.
The New Mexico State Police said 60-year-old Maria Marin and 44-year-old Josefina Valles, both from Hobbs, were killed Thursday when their Cadillac Escalade was among the vehicles rear-ended on U.S. 62/180 east of Carlsbad.
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Texas Tech, New Mexico Junior College sign transfer deal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Texas Tech University and New Mexico Junior College have signed a new agreement that officials say will make it easier for students to transfer.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the deal between the Lubbock, Texas, school and the Hobbs, New Mexico, college will allow New Mexico transfer students to qualify for Texas in-state tuition.
Race for next New Mexico GOP chair draws 2 familiar faces
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The race to be the next chairman of New Mexico's Republican Party after historic defeats on Election Day is drawing at least two familiar faces.
The Albuquerque Journal reports outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Hobbs Republican, and businessman John Rockwell have announced they will seek the job.
Ex-West Texas man gives away 120 packaged turkeys from truck
RANGER, Texas (AP) — A man who says his family didn't have much when he grew up in West Texas returned to his hometown to give away 120 packaged turkeys from the bed of his pickup truck.
KTXS-TV in Abilene reports Cecil Ray Fuentes now lives in Hobbs, New Mexico, but hasn't forgotten Ranger, located 80 miles (128.74 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth.
Man in prison for 2008 Albuquerque attack wants term reduced
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man serving 18 years in prison for beating an Albuquerque teenager with a shovel in 2008 is asking an Albuquerque judge to reduce the sentence.
A hearing on the motion is set for December for Justin Hansen, who was sent to a prison in Hobbs in July.
Lawyers for Hansen say his children are suffering the effects of his incarceration, with his oldest child diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome.
US seeks more info on proposed nuclear waste storage project
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators are seeking more information from developers who have proposed building a storage facility at a site in southeastern New Mexico for spent fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.
Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company specializing in nuclear storage, has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct the nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Carlsbad.
Men from New Mexico, Idaho killed in rollover near Hobbs
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two men have been killed after a rollover accident west of Hobbs.
They say the crash occurred around 7 a.m. Saturday and 29-year-old Andrew Beatty of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and 31-year-old Alan Knight of Rexburg, Idaho, were declared dead at the scene.
State Police say the men were riding in a vehicle on U.S. 62/180 at a high rate of speed before it left the highway and rolled.
New Mexico courts receive $7.7M grant for family program
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State court officials say they have received a multimillion-dollar federal grant to help fund a family welfare program over the next five years.
The Administrative Office of the Courts said Thursday that the $7.7 million will go toward the Family Advocacy Program in Sandoval, Valencia, Bernalillo, San Juan and McKinley counties.
Officials say the counties targeted have large abuse and neglect caseloads.
New Mexico inmates donate their art to hospital
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Inmates of the ministry program at southeastern New Mexico jail have donated art they created to a hospital.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports six inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility in the University of the Southwest ministry program presented their paintings last week to Lea Regional Medical Center.
Accused leader in New Mexico soccer hazing faced charges
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The suspected ringleader of a hazing on a New Mexico high school soccer team faced criminal charges in a sexual misconduct case last year but the case was dismissed, prosecutors and police records say.
News of the charges come after a parent of a former player filed a federal lawsuit, alleging a series of sexual assaults by the Hobbs High School boys' soccer team as part of hazing rituals.
Lawsuit: New Mexico soccer player raped by team members
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Members of a southeastern New Mexico high school soccer team raped a young teammate, recorded the sexual assault of another player and subjected other players to violent sexual acts as part of hazing, according to a federal lawsuit.
Virgin Mary statue in New Mexico reportedly ‘cries’ _ again
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Mary sculpture in a New Mexico Catholic church is "crying" — again.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports parishioners say the bronze Our Lady of Guadalupe statue at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs was seen weeping for the firth time since May.
Devotees say the statue was seen weeping Thursday as parishioners prepared for a weekend family fair.
State Police: Texas man dies after 2-car crash in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Texas man has died after a car crash in New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police on Monday identified the victim as 19-year-old Fabian Mendoza of Denver City.
They say Mendoza was driving a vehicle that crossed into another lane of traffic on U.S. 62/180 and collided head-on with a pickup truck southeast of Hobbs on Saturday.
Virgin Mary statue in New Mexico reportedly ‘weeping’ again
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Mary sculpture in a New Mexico Catholic church that has appeared to be weeping in the past is reportedly crying again.
Devotees say the bronze Our Lady of Guadalupe statue in a Hobbs, New Mexico, church was seen shedding tears again on Saturday — months after the figure was seen crying by parishioners, the Hobbs News-Sun reports .
US nuke repository eyes 2nd New Mexico waste trucks route
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository are hoping to designate a secondary route for waste trucks in southeastern New Mexico.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the group that manages the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico, is seeking a new secondary route around Hobbs.
Schools in New Mexico’s oil region see enrollment spike
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A school district in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil and gas region has hit record enrollment. And administrators are wondering if the district will need more schools.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the total enrollment at Hobbs Municipal Schools has hit 10,343 students — the first time in district's history that it has started the school year above 10,000 students.
Couple wins $74M for baby’s brain damage caused in delivery
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury has awarded a New Mexico couple $74 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a son left with brain damage.
KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the jury this month ruled that a women's health clinic in Hobbs, New Mexico, didn't properly follow Lorenza Botello's pregnancy and a doctor injured her baby during delivery.
New Mexico GOP governor hopeful: Toll roads for oil traffic
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republican gubernatorial hopeful Steve Pearce is calling for a system of toll roads in southeastern New Mexico to serve booming oilfield and other commercial traffic around one of the most-productive oil and gas areas in the world.
Lawsuit against ex-Hobbs Catholic priest dropped
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys have dropped a lawsuit against a former New Mexico priest accused of sexually abusing an adult male parishioner.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports attorneys for the alleged victim last week moved to dismiss a lawsuit against former Hobbs St. Helena Catholic Church priest Ricardo Bauza after criminal charges against him were dropped.
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 Mexico local districts to see election cost jump
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Lea County school districts, hospital districts and the New Mexico Junior College all will likely see jumps in election costs next year because of the state's new local election law.
Hobbs Municipal Schools' next election will cost more than twice as much as previously budgeted, the Hobbs News-Sun reported.
HOBBS. N.M. (AP) — A medium-security prison in New Mexico remains under lockdown following a disturbance involving several inmates in multiple housing units.
Officials at the Lea County Correctional Facility near Hobbs say Wednesday night's disturbance was brought under control within an hour and no injuries were reported.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.
Officials: Carlsbad sinkhole to take 2 years to fill
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A massive sinkhole on the southern edge of Carlsbad and along a busy intersection will take officials two years to fill.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports New Mexico Department of Transportation engineer Tim Parker said last week the $43 million project will proceed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as workers fill in the sinkhole with 300,000 to 1 million cubic yards of materials.
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico county and city are guaranteeing United Airlines a subsidy of $2.3 million for the airline to maintain commercial flight service to Houston.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County approved last week a memo of understanding to provide regular jet service between the Lea County Regional Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy has finished the first segment of a $400 million transmission project that will deliver power from a hub in West Texas to southeastern New Mexico's booming oil and gas region.
Officials gathered Thursday in New Mexico to dedicate an 86-mile transmission line that stretches from Hobbs to Carlsbad.
Limited pecan weevil quarantine eyed in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State officials are still discussing ways to eradicate an invasive bug threatening New Mexico's pecan industry.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports pecan growers will have an opportunity to discuss a permanent pecan weevil quarantine next month as a series of public hearings.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has proposed the establishment of an interior quarantine to protect pecan growers outside of eastern New Mexico.
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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The case against a former Hobbs Catholic priest accused of criminal sexual contact has been dismissed.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the criminal charge against former St. Helena Catholic Church priest Ricardo Bauza was tossed last week just days before he was slated to stand trial.
Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce declined to comment Thursday about the dismissal.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping.
The sculpture, which stands in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, has been attracting attention worldwide since visitors first reported the fluid in May.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A new agreement will allow Hobbs police to conduct law enforcement operations and investigations outside city limits.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the Hobbs City Commission this week approved an agreement with the Lea County Sheriff's Office to give the southeastern New Mexico police department the authorities to expand its reach.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Hobbs police are facing questions after cellphone footage showed an officer pulling a black man to the ground during a melee.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports video shared on social media showed the officer forcefully grabbing an African-American man to the pavement, drawing concern from the NAACP Hobbs branch.