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    Firefighters respond to garage fire

    April 11, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Roswell Fire crews responded to a garage fire Friday night at the 1400 block of Bonita Drive after residents reported a racing vehicle ignited in flames. Someone at the residence reportedly was filling the gas tank with fuel when a spark caught the vehicle...

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    Code enforcement ramps up city cleanup efforts

    April 11, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    The city’s code enforcement department is ramping up efforts to clean up the city, issuing notices for overgrown weeds, yard debris and promises to demolish derelict homes. Mayor Dennis Kintigh asked Code Enforcement Supervisor Bill Bartlett Thursday to...

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    Ordinance amendment to ban e-cigarettes fails

    April 10, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    A majority of councilors voted Thursday not to add electronic cigarettes to the list of items not allowed in public places. The amendment to the Clean Air Ordinance failed after five councilors voted against it. Councilors Juan Oropesa and Steve Henderson...

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    Washington Federal Bank celebrates remodel

    April 10, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Washington Federal Bank held a grand opening for its newly remodeled branch at 3201 N. Main St. Asst. Branch Manager Oscar Armendariz cut the ribbon during the celebration while members of the Roswell Red Coats helped commemorate the event. Washington Federal...

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    Council to consider ban on e-cigarettes today

    April 9, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Councilors are expected to consider tonight outlawing electronic cigarettes in the same public areas that now do not allow cigarette smoking. A public hearing will be held on changing the Clean Air Ordinance to include electronic smoking devices at the 7 p.m....

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    City staff to evaluate zoning, license of medical pot shop

    April 9, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    City staff will evaluate a medical marijuana distributor’s business license in the next few days following a revocation hearing Wednesday. An attorney representing Compassionate Distributors offered to amend the business’s license to include language that...

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    Stellar Coffee open for business

    April 9, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    From left, Stellar Coffee Co. co-owner Anne Baker chats with a customer while Schantel Carpenter serves him coffee. The new coffee house at 315 N. Main St. opened Wednesday. “It couldn’t be better,” Baker said. The cafe will be open from 5 a.m. to 2...

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    City to consider revoking pot shop’s business license

    April 9, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    The city will hold a hearing today to determine whether to revoke two business licenses of a medical marijuana distributor that opened operations last week. The swift action came as a surprise to owners of Compassionate Distributors, the Ruidoso-based...

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    City hires new planning director; still no attorney

    April 8, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    The city has hired a familiar face to take the helm of its planning department beginning next month. But, four key positions will be left open and may be difficult to fill. Marlin Johnson, former Chaves County director of planning and zoning, will boomerang...

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    City, county briefed on WIPP radiation leak

    April 5, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Officials were reassured that Chaves County was in no danger from the radiation released by an accident two months earlier at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project near Carlsbad. Deputy Manager Dana Bryson of the Carlsbad Office for the U.S. Dept. of Energy...