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Lea County sheriff doesn’t want to enforce proposed state gun control laws he views as unconstitutional

A month ago, the 2019 legislative session in Santa Fe began on an ominous note for gun rights advocates when sheriffs were barred from taking their service weapons into the House chamber to listen to the new governor’s State of the State speech.


February 22 Morning Rush: New Mexico prepares for another winter storm

1. New Mexico's next big weather maker will cross the state Friday bringing with it rain, snow and strong winds. Snow showers will favor northern and western New Mexico through the day with central and eastern New Mexico getting in on the storm action late afternoon and evening. These showers will i


New Mexico man gets 10 years in prison for deadly crash

LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) - A Lovington man who killed a couple when he blew through a stop sign is headed to prison. A Lea County jury found Oscar Martinez-Zamora guilty of vehicular homicide for the 2016 crash that killed newlyweds Joseph and Tymplaire Weir.


New Mexico State Police to host car seat clinic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico State Police and Safer New Mexico would like to invite the public to join them for a car seat clinic in Albuquerque. Public Information Officer Dusty Francisco and Jerremy Manzanares, resource center manager of Safer NM Injury Prevention visited the studio to di


Lawmaker hopes to boost rainfall in New Mexico via weather modification

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - A state lawmaker is trying to make it rain. No, really—a House Democrat is hoping the legislature will fund a weather modification program that will help squeeze precipitation from clouds over New Mexico.


Man convicted in New Mexico refutes claims of similar crimes in Texas

LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) - A body shop owner in Texas is being investigated for the same crimes he was convicted of in New Mexico. He admits to breaking the law in New Mexico, but said he is a different man today.


“Snownado” in Northeastern New Mexico

TORREON, NM (TNN) - A rancher filmed a weak land spout that touched down in the Eastern Navajo Nation in Torreon, New Mexico on Monday. I know what you are thinking this must be some form of fancy Photoshop because there’s no way this is real. However it is quite real. How can we get this?


Lovington man accused of sending inappropriate texts to teen girl

LOVINGTON, NM (BIG 2 / FOX 24) - New Mexico deputies busted a man they say sent sexual messages to a teen girl. The Lea County Sheriff's Department learned a 14-year-old girl from Lovington was receiving sexually explicit text messages from 47-year-old Kevin Crockett.


New Mexico Girls Make Movies inspires female filmmakers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico Girls Make Movies (NMGMM) is a free statewide program that provides education and job training to New Mexico girls and young women ages 12 – 25. Through filmmaking programs, screenwriting competitions, grants, internships, set placement, and networking, we empow


Diving Deep Into Poetry With New Mexico Students

In early March, ten young people representing high schools across New Mexico will stand on the stage of the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe, before a panel of judges, to recite poetry. The competition is part of a national program called Poetry Out Loud, created by the National Endowment for the


Police chief named Lovington citizen of the year

LOVINGTON — David Rodriguez had a confused look on his face. Sitting with Lovington City Manager James Williams at Thursday’s Lovington Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, Rodriguez, the Lovington Police chief, leans over to ask Williams a question.


New Mexico lawmakers debate budget bill on the House floor

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - Arguably one of the most important bills, the state's budget is being debated on the House floor right now. House Bill 2 lays out lawmakers' plans for a $7 billion budget, one of the highest in state's history thanks to an oil and gas boom.


Oil, gas and water in New Mexico: The complicated relationship between important natural resources in New Mexico

Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, has proposed legislation (SB 459) that would place a four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (i.e. fracking) of oil and gas wells in New Mexico. Before passing such legislation our elected leaders and the public must understand if fracking really is


Water contamination puts New Mexico dairy farmer out of business

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico dairy farmer says he may have to kill thousands of his cows and he's dumping out tens of thousands of gallons of their milk daily. He says it's all a result of the water contamination caused by Cannon Air Force Base and the firefighting foam they used.


Missing 21-year-old man found dead in field north of Hobbs, police still investigating

HOBBS, NM (BIG 2 / FOX 24) - The Hobbs Police Department is still investigating the death of a missing person who was found in a field on February 10. According to police, 21-year-old Josue Orosco, a resident of Lovington, disappeared on February 5.


Hard working Hobbs man dies in trailer fire last week

Jimmy Armitiage was known as a hard-working man who loved his family. His uncle, Melvin Armitiage, said Jimmy Armitiage’s health began failing within in the past six months. He had trouble walking and remembering things. He was scheduled for an MRI later this week.


Crews battle large grassfire in Lea County, New Mexico

LEA CO. -- Over a dozen agencies from two states flocked to Lea County near Hobbs on Saturday to battle a large grass fire. According to Lorenzo Velasquez with Emergency Management, the fire burned over 1600 acres and was under control by Saturday evening.


Lady Texans move closer to WJCAC title

LEVELLAND — Gabbie Green, for all her individual talent, never played on the best team. She could be days away from being able to claim that for the first time. Green played her usual dynamic all-around game Monday night and top-ranked South Plains College dispatched Western Texas College 75-52 at T


New Cheyenne Regional Health System Chief Executive Officer To Start In April

The Board of Trustees of the Cheyenne Regional Health System announced today that Timothy Thornell has accepted the system’s chief executive officer position. The system includes the 222-bed Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Cheyenne Regional Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty group in th


Goddard boys lead district, undefeated

The Goddard Rockets and the Lady Rockets emerged as the frontrunners in their respective district races as both beat their arch-rivals from Artesia Tuesday night at Ground Zero.