Nearly one in every 10 Lea County workers is unemployed.
According to numbers from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Lea’s unemployment rate stands at 9.7 percent (unadjusted). Unadjusted numbers do not include seasonal jobs not yet tallied by the state.
It’s an unemployment rate the likes of which Lea County hasn’t seen since 1999 when the rate climbed as high as 11.1 percent and stayed at or above 10 percent for five months of the year. The average unemployment rate in 1999 was 9.2 percent.
Waste Control Specialists may be ahead of Lea and Eddy counties in landing a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel, but there could be room for both projects.
That was the word from WCS Communications Director Chuck McDonald this week as he touted the latest developments in WCS’s attempts to land a spent fuel storage facility at the company’s facility just five miles east of Eunice in Andrews County, Texas.
Eunice residents and motorists may have witnessed billowing smoke Saturday afternoon as a fire engulfed a home located east of town, but no one was hurt.
The Eunice Fire Department responded to a structure fire on 5th Street and Texas Avenue at 4 p.m. Saturday and firefighters had the blaze under control about 5:30-5:45 p.m., according to Eunice fire chief Jesse Davis. The department was on scene until approximately 7:22 p.m., while Eunice police and the Lea County Sheriff’s Department provided traffic control around the area.
“It was a trailer house and it caught fire,” Davis said Monday. “It was a total loss. We were able to stop it before it got to the living room and the kitchen area and the back bedroom, but due to the extensive heat damage — we’re going to classify it as being a total loss.”
Davis said two people were occupying the home at the time of the fire, but both were able to exit the home, and there were no injuries.
“(The homeowner) had quite a bit of stuff on the outside of the fire that also got involved in the fire,” he said. “The cause is going to be of an electrical nature and it looks like it started back in the east bedroom. That’s where the actual electric control boxes were and that looks like where the cause of the fire was.”
According to Davis, the fire spread to a shed on the outside of the trailer home that was also a “complete loss.” In addition, some vehicles and other mechanical items on the property were damaged in the fire.
Hobbs store to close by Oct. 31
A Hobbs staple for DVDs, books, records and more on North Turner Street will close along with 125 other locations nationwide due to Hastings Entertainment’s nationwide liquidation.
The Amarillo Globe-News reported Thursday the Amarillo-based retail company must liquidate all of its stores by October 31 after being sold to two consultation and management companies. The company announced last month it was trying to find a buyer due to “financial challenges.” The locations are closing on a “store-by-store” basis with seven-day notice required for employees.
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.