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NM Game and Fish offers reward in poaching case

The carcasses of four deer, believed to have been poached, were found Dec. 1 near Alamogordo. - New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says four deer were illegally killed and dumped near Alamogordo.
The department announced Monday that a $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the person or people who are responsible for the Dec. 1 poaching incident.
The carcasses were found along Dulce Road in a subdivision south of Alamogordo. Most of the meat and the head of one deer had been removed, and several plastic grocery bags of meat were found at the site.
Game officers say the person who found the carcasses reported seeing a maroon Ford F-150 pickup in the area.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-432-4263 or to contact the Alamogordo district officer.

Temps to dive overnight, increasing risk for ice on roadways

Eastern New Mexico will be under a Winter Storm Warning and Winter Storm Advisory until 11 p.m. on Thursday night.

Temperatures will take a dive overnight across most of the state, which will increase the risk of ice on roadways and make travel difficult.

Subfreezing temperatures will keep most of northeastern New Mexico extremely cold for the next several days.

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Body of a woman identified</span>

Her body was found naked and bound in the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico.

As investigators near Loving work to find her killer, the murder is serving as a painful reminder to another family who is still waiting on justice.

Eddy County deputies are trying to catch a killer.

A killer they said bound 24-year-old Anna L. Villegas by her hands and feet and dumped her naked body in the Pecos River.

“That area is also very popular for hunters and fishers.  A lot of people like to go down there and camp," said Eddy County Sheriff Scott London.

London said not only was Villegas found in a popular area, but next to a busy highway.

“Very high traffic area which makes it a little unusual that somebody would leave a body so close to the highway," said London.

Dive teams and investigators have searched the river and the area for evidence.

HealthCare.gov onto third delay

HealthCare.gov onto third delay

The Obama administration had announced that small business will have to wait a year until they are able to enroll for health insurance through HealthCare.gov.

With online enrollment initially set to begin on October 1st, this announcement comes as the most disappointing for small businesses.

As the third delay for the Small Business Health Options Program, resources to help small businesses will now have to wait another year to get better deals for health insurance. However, small business are still able to file paper applications for coverage because the delay only applies to online enrollment.

"Many of them already are served using agents and brokers, so the particular mechanism we've outlined today is in many cases very familiar to the small business community, and is something that will work for them," said CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille.

NM jobless claims center closed for holiday

NM jobless claims center closed for holiday



The New Mexico unemployment office will continue to be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving..

Labor officials say the state's unemployment insurance operations center will be closed so employees can have some time off. The say that the online system and automated toll-free phone options will still be available.

Individuals can apply for unemployment insurance, certify for their weekly claim and check their claim status by logging in on the website Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Operations Center will open again for normal hours on Monday, December 2, and individuals can contact a Customer Service Agent in the NMDWS UI Operations Center at 1-877-664-6984 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

NM Job Corps now accepting applications

NM Job Corps now accepting applications

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program in New Mexico is now accepting applications through the next several months.

Eligible candidates are young individuals, ages 16 to 24, seeking free education and training, jump start a career, earn a high school diploma, and find and sustain a good job.

“Job Corps offers our nation’s youth the opportunity to learn and expand their skills and begin rewarding careers,” said Grace Kilbane, the national director for the Office of Job Corps. “We urge eligible youth to enroll and prepare for today’s competitive employment environment.”

The program provides students with more than 100 different career field choices and has 125 centers nationwide.

The Job Corps centers in New Mexico are Albuquerque Job Corps Center at 505-222-4243 or http://albuquerque.jobcorps.gov and Roswell Job Corps Center at 575-347-5414 or http://roswell.jobcorps.gov.

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