Curtis C. Wynee
LOVINGTON — The adage goes that the best defense is a strong offense.
In the face of concerns they failed to keep their commitments, Spectra Event Management showered the Lea County Commission Wednesday with a 45-minute presentation featuring at least a half dozen corporate executives with plans for the future.
Two Hobbs men and a teen were arrested last weekend after they allegedly hosted a party at their residence where several minors drank alcoholic beverages.
Matthew Morando, 19, was charged with possession of cocaine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both fourth-degree felonies; and criminal failure to appear, a misdemeanor. Xavier Estrada, 18, was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. They were booked at the Hobbs City Jail.
SWAT operation misses wanted man for second time
Hobbs resident Anthony Quiroz eluded law enforcement again Monday as Hobbs police made one arrest in an hours-long SWAT operation on East White Street. It is the second time in less than a week SWAT teams have surrounded a home in Lea County looking for Quiroz.
Hobbs police and the New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole Office responded around 8 a.m. to a residence on the 500 block of East White to apprehend two Hobbs men, identified as Sammy Piñon and Quiroz, after police learned information about their whereabouts.
Game's popularity causing some problems in Hobbs
Like many things, the rampant popularity of “Pokemon Go” has its positives and its negatives and in this case the negatives are damage to public property and traffic violations.
The various PokeStops and training gyms around the community have led to a significant number of people to flood public places and other areas with concerns over safety and even damage to property coming to the forefront. There are also reports of some Hobbs residents not adhering to traffic rules while playing.
According to the laws of physics, “a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest.” I have learned a great deal about bodies in motion following the careers of Hobbs brother and sister professional basketball players Adrianne and Ronald Ross. The world travelers are constantly on the move.
I caught up with them on Monday to talk about their careers and their upcoming youth basketball camp.
1,259 acres burned over weekend
With 100-degree temperatures and the occasional thunder, grass fires have scorched more than 1,200 acres in Lea County within the last week pushing 2016’s total closer to 10,000 acres lost.
Lightning strikes were blamed twice for causing two significant grass fires within a 48-hour period that torched an estimated 1,259 acres with an 809-acre blaze on State Highway 176, west of Eunice, last Friday and another 450-acre fire Sunday night.
Exhibit chance of a lifetime
Next week, a crew from Atlanta will arrive in Hobbs to set up an exhibit of artifacts from the Titanic, which sank on April 15, 1912 and lay undisturbed more than three miles below the water until her remains were discovered in 1985.
Since then, thousands of artifacts have been recovered and put on display at museums around the world, and several hundred of those artifacts will be on display at the Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame beginning July 28.
Hobbsans attend vigil outside HPD in support of Dallas police
Five law enforcement officers were slain in Dallas Thursday night and communities across the nation began an outpouring of support, grief and love. The City of Hobbs gathered Friday morning for its part.
Hobbs police officers, fire personnel, City of Hobbs employees, numerous residents and community leaders turned out on short notice outside the Hobbs Police Department for a prayer memorial. An hour and a half before, the city announced an impromptu vigil honoring the fallen Dallas officers to honor a request by the City of Dallas for communities to pray with them at noon Central Standard Time.
County has lost 8,333 acres to wildfires this year
Curtis C. Wynne
The weather is not only hot, it’s fiery hot.
The National Weather Service in Midland issued a heat advisory for southeastern New Mexico and much of West Texas, and the Lea County Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Broom warned of a fire weather situation.
Broom said the number of grass land fire calls and the acreage burned in Lea County at this point in 2016, just through June, already well exceeds either of the past two full years.
“So far in 2016, … we’re at 8,333 acres lost throughout the county with a total of 72 wild land fire calls,” he said. “Put that into perspective, in 2015 (all year) we had a total of 529 acres lost with a total of 56 wild land fire calls.”