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New Mexico prosecutor refuses to indict cops after grand jury calls shooting ‘unjustified’


Roswell District Attorney Janetta Hicks said in a letter to the New Mexico State Police that she will not prosecute Officers John DeBaca and Stephen Fonte for the shooting of Roberto Mendez on Aug. 8, 2013. Mendez was hit in the face by a bullet from ...

Roswell DA won't prosecute 2 Santa Fe police officers involved in a 2013 non-fatal shooting


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The Roswell district attorney won't prosecute two Santa Fe police officers involved in a 2013 non-fatal shooting. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1ChXMkv) 5th Judicial District Attorney Janetta Hicks stated her ...

New Mexico Attorney General releases 2013 health audit, with redactions


Susana Martinez's administration to take over for the accused New Mexico organizations, will cease operations March 31. Turquoise offers mental health services to Medicaid patients in cities including Roswell, Carlsbad, Clovis and Tucumcari. When Turquoise ...

New Mexico lawmaker proposes no clock change


Sen. Cliff Pirtle introduced a bill Wednesday that would keep New Mexico on daylight savings time year-round. The Republican farmer from Roswell says changing the clock twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience and no longer makes sense. He says farmers ...

Roswell senator introduces bill that would keep NM on Daylight Saving Time year-round


That's what one state lawmaker wants to do. State senator Cliff Pirtle (R – Roswell) is pushing for permanent Daylight Saving Time. Pirtle wants New Mexico to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year. If his legislation passes, it would become law ...

Chandler Hotel Group adds seven new properties


The group of properties includes a trio of Red Lion hotels in Farmington, Gallup and Grants, New Mexico, a Best Western in Roswell, New Mexico, a Quality Inn and Suites in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a Ramada in Columbia, South Carolina.

Chandler Hotel Group takes over management of properties in New Mexico


The New Mexico properties are Red Lion hotels in Farmington, Gallup and Grants, a Best Western in Roswell and the Quality Inn and Suites in Albuquerque. The Chandler Hotel Group also took over a Wyndham Garden Inn in Amarillo, Texas, and a Ramada in ...

Brenda K. Landerud


Brenda K. Landerud, age 62, passed away on January 24, 2015 at Agrace HospiceCare. She was born on April 24, 1952 in Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of William and Rosa (Williams) Douglas. She married Gary Landerud on August 29, 1971 in Clovis ...

Roswell triangle UFO hovers 25 feet off ground


A New Mexico witness near Roswell reported watching a slow moving, triangle-shaped UFO that stopped and hovered “50 to 60 feet off of the ground,” according to testimony in Case 62824 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

New Mexico State of the State Address


She called for higher pay for new teachers, and funds for highway and job training. She was also joined by two victims of the 2014 school shooting in Roswell, New Mexico.




SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ROSWELL

Found Unclaimed Money in ROSWELL

What Is Unclaimed Money?

If the government owes you money and you do not collect it, then it’s unclaimed. This can also happen with banks, credit unions, pensions, and other sources.

Beware of unclaimed money scams. There are people who pretend to be the government and offer to send you unclaimed money for a fee. Government agencies will not call you about unclaimed money or assets. Learn how to spot these types of scams.

Currently, the government does not have one website for finding unclaimed money by name, Social Security number, or state. To find it, you’ll need to visit each site separately and perform a search.

States’ Unclaimed Money

  • Search by State  – Search your state’s listing of unclaimed funds and property.

Retirement

Taxes

Banking, Investments, and Currency

  • Bank Failures  – Search the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for unclaimed funds from failed financial institutions.
  • Credit Union Failures  – Find unclaimed deposits from credit unions.
  • SEC Claims Funds  – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lists enforcement cases where a company or person owes investors money.
  • Damaged Money  – The Treasury Department will exchange mutilated or damaged U.S. currency.

Mortgages

  • FHA-Insurance Refunds  – If you had an FHA-insured mortgage, you may be eligible for a refund from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Savings Bonds

International

  • Foreign Claims  – U.S. nationals can find money owed to them from foreign governments after loss of property.

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Warning in ROSWELL: Government Grant Scams

“Because you pay your income taxes on time, you have been awarded a free $12,500 government grant! To get your grant, simply give us your checking account information, and we will direct-deposit the grant into your bank account!”

Sometimes, it’s an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a “free grant” to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it’s a phone call supposedly from a “government” agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back.

But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says that “money for nothing” grant offers usually are scams, whether you see them in your local paper or a national magazine, or hear about them on the phone.

Some scam artists advertise “free grants” in the classifieds, inviting readers to call a toll-free number for more information. Others are more bold: they call you out of the blue. They lie about where they’re calling from, or they claim legitimacy using an official-sounding name like the “Federal Grants Administration.” They may ask you some basic questions to determine if you “qualify” to receive a grant. FTC attorneys say calls and come-ons for free money invariably are rip offs.

Grant scammers generally follow a script: they congratulate you on your eligibility, then ask for your checking account information so they can “deposit your grant directly into your account,” or cover a one-time “processing fee.” The caller may even reassure you that you can get a refund if you’re not satisfied. In fact, you’ll never see the grant they promise; they will disappear with your money.

The FTC says following a few basic rules can keep consumers from losing money to these “government grant” scams:

  • Don’t give out your bank account information to anyone you don’t know. Scammers pressure people to divulge their bank account information so that they can steal the money in the account. Always keep your bank account information confidential. Don’t share it unless you are familiar with the company and know why the information is necessary.
  • Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant. If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it isn’t really free. A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant that you have already been awarded — or to pay for a list of grant-making institutions. The names of agencies and foundations that award grants are available for free at any public library or on the Internet. The only official access point for all federal grant-making agencies is www.grants.gov.
  • Look-alikes aren’t the real thing. Just because the caller says he’s from the “Federal Grants Administration” doesn’t mean that he is. There is no such government agency. Take a moment to check the blue pages in your telephone directory to bear out your hunch — or not.
  • Phone numbers can deceive. Some con artists use Internet technology to disguise their area code in caller ID systems. Although it may look like they’re calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
  • Take control of the calls you receive. If you want to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive, place your telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. To register online, visit donotcall.gov. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register.
  • File a complaint with the FTC. If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC online, or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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Two years of community college free for responsible students in ROSWELL

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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