HOBBS. N.M. (AP) — Police in Hobbs say three people are dead after a shooting at a house party.
They say three other people were airlifted to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed...
Hobbs officer fatally shot suspect
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Hobbs police department officer.
They say the officer fatally shot 46-year-old Roberto Mata of Carlsbad at...
New Mexico’s oil region schools see another enrollment spike
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A school district in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil and gas region continues to see record enrollment.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the Hobbs Municipal Schools...
New Mexico Junior College plan eyes 4-year degree under $10K
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Some eastern New Mexico students may be able to earn a college degree for under $10,000, under a proposal by New Mexico Junior College.
3 killed in head-on crash in southeastern New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three-people were killed in a head-on crash of two vehicles in southeastern New Mexico.
The State Police said cars driven by 27-year-old Travis Wheeler of...
United to begin flights from Denver to Hobbs, New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — United Airlines has announced it will begin direct flights to Denver from a southeastern New Mexico county airport in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil region.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A 21-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Public Safety is the new police chief in Hobbs.
City officials announced Wednesday that they offered the job to John...
Police search for suspect in Hobbs shooting
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Police are searching for a 30-year-old man accused in a fatal shooting in Hobbs.
Police say Steven Salazar shot 26-year-old Arnulfo Barrientos-Ibarra on Thursday before...
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern New Mexico's oil country are responding to multiple deadly wrecks with a crackdown on reckless and inattentive drivers.
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Lovington pastor is facing charges after his estranged wife told police he secretly recorded his stepdaughter undressing in her bedroom.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Construction of a courthouse in southeastern New Mexico is a year behind schedule and more delays are expected.
Documents obtained by the Hobbs News-Sun show there...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private prison company plans to end its contract to manage a corrections facility in a remote corner of New Mexico starting in the fall, paving the way for the state to...
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico county airport in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil region may include Denver to its list of growing destinations.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico county has shunned a proposal to encourage employees to learn Spanish.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County Commissioners turned thumbs-down on...
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico county has approved more than $5 million in upgrades to an airport in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil region.
Ex-New Mexico jail guard accused of sex with inmate
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A former corrections officer in southeastern New Mexico is facing charges after authorities say she had sex with an inmate.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials for a southeastern airport in the heart of New Mexico's booming oil region want it expanded even more.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Assistant Lea County Manager...
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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Devon Energy, an independent company engaged in finding and producing oil and natural gas, is opening up an office in southeastern New Mexico.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico counties remain among the top oil-producing counties in the U.S., according to new federal numbers.
Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration...
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city says it will begin fining certain residents for excessive weeds, graffiti and extra newspapers on their properties.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Republican Yvette Herrell, a former state lawmaker who drew criticism for waging a losing, lackluster campaign last year for a key congressional seat in southern New Mexico, is...
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Numbers show southeastern New Mexico has the highest rate of emergency room visits in the state.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the New Mexico Department of Health says the...
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A 15-year-old New Mexico boy is recovering from gunshot wounds after police say a 17-year-old boy shot at his car in retaliation for a banana being thrown.
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.
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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.
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.