Chaves County, NM

Candidates for judge speak to Republican Women

A father and daughter running for election to magistrate judge positions in Chaves County each addressed the topic of nepotism when they spoke at Wednesday’s candidate luncheon of the Chaves County Federated Republican Women. Chaves County Division I Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers is running for reelection to his seat...
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Man charged for alleged assault, exposure

A local man has been charged with four felonies and a petty misdemeanor after allegedly shooting a gun near people in the yard of a residence in south Roswell on Monday, hitting a car. He also allegedly exposed himself to some people in the household, including a minor. Timothy Daniel...

Goddard FFA students keep competing after advisor’s death

After the death of their advisor in March, Goddard High School’s FFA students faced the choice of whether or not to continue preparing for state and national competitions. Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Daniel Mathews died March 8, about a month before the state FFA Career Development Event in Las Cruces.

Colts capture 3A state title with dominating win

ALBUQUERQUE — It was the final chapter in New Mexico Military Institute Colt head baseball coach Charlie Ward’s book as he is set to retire at the end of the season. What a fine retirement gift he was given. In the Class 3A state championship Saturday evening, the...

Vaping concerns prompt K-9 search at schools

Searches of Roswell schools by the Roswell Police Department’s K-9 units could become more common as a method of combatting vaping devices that contain illegal drugs in the schools. Vaping devices heat a nicotine solution that is often flavored. The resulting vapor is then inhaled. They come in the...

Chess expert to host free student exhibition

Chaves County students can practice their chess skills Monday night during a free “simultaneous exhibition” with a certified chess coach. Mark Austin, a software developer who heads Roswell Chess Encounter, a local affiliate of the New Mexico Chess Organization and the U.S. Chess Federation, will play simultaneous games with as many youth who show up for the demonstration, to occur Monday, 6-8 p.m., in the cafeteria at Goddard High School, 701 E. Country Club Road.

Fire destroys mobile homes outside Roswell

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A fire destroyed four mobile homes in Chaves County. The fire broke out shortly before 10 p.m. at Monksdale Rd. and Main Street just outside the Roswell city limits. Several fire departments in the area were called to contain it. No one was hurt. The Roswell Fire Department is investigating the cause […]

Trial date set for man accused in roommate’s fatal shooting

A man accused of fatally shooting his roommate and friend in March formally entered a not guilty plea on Monday during an online arraignment. Judge Dustin Hunter, who serves in Chaves County with the New Mexico 5th Judicial District Court, presided. He also scheduled a jury trial to start Sept. 27.

County presents smaller budget but with pay increases

Chaves County administrators and commissioners who work to prepare the annual budget are planning to increase all employee wages by 5% as a cost of living adjustment and raise minimum pay to $15 an hour for the upcoming fiscal year, without raising taxes. That’s the message county officials shared during...

Plane makes emergency highway landing

A small airplane made an emergency landing Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 285 north of Roswell, closing all lanes of the highway for a time. No injuries were reported in the landing. According to an incident report on the Federal Aviation Administration website, the pilot was the only person on board the plane.

New Mexico deputies close highway to help small plane make emergency landing

Deputies in New Mexico shut down a highway to help a small plane in distress make a safe emergency landing Sunday morning, authorities said. The Roswell Air Center notified the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office just before 10 a.m. that a single engine plane requested to make an emergency landing on Highway 285 North near mile marker 151, Sheriff Mike Herrington said in a Facebook post.

Plane makes emergency landing on New Mexico highway

CHAVES COUNTY, N.M. - Authorities in Chaves County, New Mexico, said a pilot made an emergency landing on a highway Sunday morning. Deputies said dispatchers were notified around 9:47 a.m. local time by the Roswell Air Center saying a small engine plane had made a request to land on highway 285.

Salvation Army fundraising breakfasts start again

The local Salvation Army once again will be offering its monthly fundraising “pancake and breakfast buffet” starting this Saturday. Maj. Raewyn Aspeitia, the Roswell Corps officer, said the tradition that was halted in early 2020 is back. “It is the second Saturday of every month,” Aspeitia said. “This...

Man charged with child abuse after injuries to month-old son

A Roswell man was arrested Monday on a child abuse charge for allegedly causing a severe head injury to his 1-month-old son. Jacob Martinez, 20, is charged with abuse of child resulting in great bodily harm, a first degree felony. Bond was set at $150,000 Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court. Assistant District Attorney Taina L. Colon filed a motion Tuesday for an expedited pretrial detention hearing, citing that Martinez is a danger to the community and a flight risk. Martinez does not have a prior criminal record.

Plane makes emergency highway landing in Chaves County

A small airplane made an emergency landing Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 285 north of Roswell, closing all lanes of the highway for a time. Two lanes of the highway around mile marker 151 were still closed as of 11 a.m. as authorities waited on an official from the Federal Aviation Administration and a New Mexico State Police officer from Carlsbad to arrive on the scene, Chaves County Undersheriff Charles Yslas said.