State Agency's Plans Cause a Ruckus in Hobbs

Staff Report
The Associated Press

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Parents, homeowners and school officials are calling for a stop to construction of a Children, Youth and Families Department office planned next to an elementary school in Hobbs.

But state officials say it maybe too late.

Petitions have been circulated and all four Lea County state legislators have sent letters of concern to CYFD about the new facility, but the new juvenile probation and parole office, which
has already broken ground near Stone Elementary, was legally permitted through the city.

Principal Dawni Nelson says parents have been contacting the school concerned for their children's safety.

CYFD spokeswoman Romaine Serna says the agency is open to working with the community, but there is little that department officials can do at this point.