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Roadrunner Food Bank seeks help from New Mexicans

Roadrunner Food Bank seeks help from New Mexicans


Since 1980, the Roadrunner Food Bank has been working hard to serve the hungry of New Mexico. This year is no different.

Through the month of November, Roadrunner Food Bank and one of its sponsors, Smiths Food and Drug, are partnering to ensure that the hungry New Mexicans get help. They are asking anyone and everyone to bring a bag filled with non-perishable food items to any Smiths location to help feed the hungry.

In addition, the Roadrunner Food Bank is always looking for extra lending hands to help serve. Commit to a two, four, or six-hour shift to help meet the growing needs

Visit www.rrfb.org for more information regarding the food drive and volunteer opportunities.

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NM higher education leaders back funding change

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Higher education leaders in New Mexico are proposing a new system for state funding of universities and community colleges.

The proposal was developed by a team of New Mexico State University administrators. It would have legislators provide colleges and universities with the schools' previous year's allocations but also add incentive funding to reward the schools for performances.

Measurements for the performance-based funding could include completed student credit hours, total research funding and awarded degrees.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the proposal has backing from two- and four-year schools across the state.

Western New Mexico University Joseph Shepard says the agreement on the proposal is "monumental."

Details emerge about Roswell shooting

We have new details about an officer involved shooting in Roswell.  A Roswell police sergeant and a 35-year-old man were shot.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 was at the scene.

It started with a 911 call to police.

A man called from the emergency phone right outside the Roswell Police Department Monday night.

"I'm at the Roswell Police Department right now. I was with my brother driving and he's drunker, he's totally drunk out of his mind. He was going to kill himself.  I cracked him over the head with a pistol, but he's bleeding.  I tried to take him to the hospital and he jumped out," said the 911 caller.

That call sent police to the Town Plaza apartments looking for 35-year-old Richard Johnson.

Police said when Sergeant Cruz Zavala arrived, he was shot.  So was Johnson.

Neighbors said the scene was chaotic.

Obama signs disaster declaration for New Mexico


The President has signed a disaster declaration to help New Mexicans for mid-September flooding and storm damage.

The White House says the federal assistance will help residence of the affected areas.

According to officials, the declaration signed by President Obama, means funding is available on a cost-sharing basis with both state and local governments to use for repairs. Certain non-profits will also be able to use the funds for the mending or replacement of damaged facilities.  

The counties where the funding is available are Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Eddy, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, and Torrance.

The White House also says federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

KOB holds phone bank for officers injured in shootings

On Monday, Oct. 28, KOB Eyewitness News 4 will hold a phone bank fundraiser to help New Mexico law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.

The phone bank lines will open at 5 p.m. and close at 7 p.m. The number to call will be posted on Monday evening.

All money raised will go to the non-profit "Ten-82 Fund," which helps officers and their families cover expenses not covered by insurance or the department during their times of need. The fund will also put money into a separate account opened for the Albuquerque police officers and Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy injured in Saturday's shootout.

Started five years ago, the Ten-82 Fund was named after the police radio call "10-82," which means "officer needs help." 

You can donate to the Ten-82 Foundation by calling (505)-417-1694 or by mail to:

Ten-82 Corporation
1101 Cielo Vista Del Norte
Corrales NM 87048

Hotline raises thousands for officers injured in shootings

New Mexico citizens donated nearly $9,000 to KOB Eyewitness News 4's hotline to benefit first responders injured in the line of duty.

Monday night's phone bank raised money for the Ten-82 fund, which helps injured officers and their families cover expenses not covered by insurance or the department during their times of need.

All of the donated funds will go toward helping the Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy and Albuquerque police officers shot over the weekend, as well as the two state police officers injured in shootings last week.

"I think the perception by many is that we have great insurance and that's a fix for it all, but there are unexpected and expected costs," said Jemez Pueblo Police Chief Pete Camacho. "We don't want them to worry about any finances whatsoever, we just want them to focus on getting well."

Survivor of shooting to oppose stepfather's parole

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Nebraska woman who survived the 1979 killings of her family in New Mexico is opposing the parole of the killer who is her stepfather.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Jackie Nasiatka plans to testify at a hearing Monday of the Adult Parole Board in Santa Fe on the parole of Clifton Skidgel.
Skidgel was sentenced to two life prison terms in 1980 after pleading guilty to the shooting deaths in Las Cruces of his wife and three of her children, ages 16, 13 and 8.
Nasiatka, who was 11 at the time, was wounded.
Nasiatka, who now lives in the Omaha, Neb. area, said she doesn't expect the parole board to make an immediate decision but described the possibility of a parole as terrifying.