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Sauter brings experience to White Sands management

Sauter brings experience to White Sands management

White Sand National Monument is under new management. Marie Frias Sauter is the new superintendent. She is a 22-year veteran of the National Park service and comes from her previous post at Fort Union National Monument. She is replacing Kevin Shneider who is taking the position of deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

 

Inter-mountain Regional Director, John Wessels said Sauter has what it takes to be superintendent.

 

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National Get Outdoors Day; FREE admission to National Parks this Saturday, June 9

National Get Outdoors Day; FREE admission to National Parks this Saturday, June 9

According to an article released by the National Park Service, all 397 national parks will waive entrance fees in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day to kick off the summer this Saturday, June 9.

National Parks Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said that there is something for everyone at America's national parks.

“Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and national parks are great places to get out, experience nature, and get your heart pumping,” said Jarvis. “There are so many things to see and do in a park, either on your own or on a guided tour. Stroll a battlefield, hike to a waterfall, observe wildlife, paddle a waterway, walk on the beach, or enjoy a picnic."

Police say Clovis man fatally shot one, took 2 hostage

Clovis Police said Jimmy J. Reagan was behind a fatal shooting Wednesday evening, and then drove away from the scene with two neighbors as hostages.

According to police, Reagan approached Shondel Lofton's girlfriend in the couple's backyard.

They said he asked her for money, when she said she didn't have any, they said he sexually assaulted her at gun point.

Then police said Reagan kicked open the back door and attacked Lofton.

When police responded, they found Lofton dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head.

But there were no signs of Reagan’s whereabouts, and witnesses told police he had left with two women in a van.

They said the women were being held hostage.

"He (Reagan) told us that if she did not drive any faster and we got stopped by the cops, that he was going to kill us right there and then," the victim, who chose to remain anonymous said.

Clovis man arrested after shooting 1, abducting 2

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A Clovis man is in police custody after shooting another man in the head and kidnapping two women.

Clovis police say 31-year-old Jimmy J. Reagan was charged Wednesday night with murder in the killing of 35-year-old Shondel D. Lofton.

Police were called to a house on North Wheaton Road shortly before 7 p.m. and found a wounded Lofton.

Authorities say witnesses saw Reagan drive away after forcing the women into their van.

State police found them after a homeowner reported Reagan holding one of the woman hostage on the front porch of another residence.

Police say the homeowner fired his gun, distracting the suspect.

Officers were then able to detain him. Police say the two women were taken to a hospital but had no serious injuries.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Carlsbad newspaper carrier's car stolen, set ablaze

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A car stolen from a Carlsbad newspaper carrier has been found completely burned to its shell.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus says a car belonging to Carolyn Fry, one of their deliverers, went missing Wednesday around 3:45 a.m. while she was dropping off papers.

Fry says she stepped out of her Ford Taurus long enough to put a newspaper on a porch.

When she turned around, she saw someone jump into her car and drive off.

Police located the car nearly an hour later in a canyon.

Fry, who has been a paper carrier for 11 years, says paying for a replacement car will be hard when her job depends on having a vehicle.

A Current-Argus sales manager says this is the first incident he knows of involving a carrier.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Crop circle discovered in Roswell

If you saw the movie "Signs", crop circles mean one thing: alien invasion. A person in a plane saw something that looked like a crop circle at the Graves farm, just southeast of Roswell, on Monday afternoon.

The design is over 100 yards across, and some might think it's too big for humans to create. But after digging into the circles origin, the truth was uncovered.

"We did it in the middle of the night...there were two of us and it took us about four and a half hours and we did the classic way of having a board to push down the oats," James Airheart said, the designer of the crop circle.

And Airheart did not trespass onto the Graves farm. Andrew Graves said his dad welcomed the idea of the farm being associated with the crop circle.

"They (crop circles) bring attention to people and I like it for our own little farm here, bring some advertisements and what not," Andrew Graves said.

Witnesses: Clovis woman was ‘dancing’ in boat before falling out, being run over<p> </p><p> </p>

We have new information about a boating accident that critically injured a woman at Ute Lake State Park over the Memorial Day weekend.

Police have said Shaina Pool, 21, of Clovis, was riding in a boat when she fell out and was run over by that boat and its propeller.

She sustained severe head and chest injuries and was flown to a hospital in Amarillo, Texas, where she remains in critical condition.

On Tuesday, State Police charged six Clovis residents who were in the boat with various felonies, including selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minors and contributing to the delinquency of minors. In addition, two minors on the boat will also be charged with illegal alcohol possession.

According to the official report of the accident, the boat was driven by Spencer Norris, 20, of Clovis.

Norris told police he was driving less than 10 mph in the Ute Creek area of the lake when he made a sharp right turn to avoid a tree.