Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Dawn Renee Vierthaler-White, through her attorney Lloyd L. Rabb, of Tucson, filed on Sept. 24, in the Sixth District Court, a complaint to recover damages for injuries related to the death of her husband, Donald White, on May 9, 2013, and a demand for a 12-person jury trial. Defendants named in the complaint are Southwestern Railroad Inc. and its parent company, The Western Group LC. White died as a result of injuries sustained when the locomotive, of which he was engineer, derailed near Bayard along with six of the eight hopper cars carrying magnetite from the Cobre Mine. The conductor and an unauthorized civilian were also killed in the crash.
The Copper CowBelles continued their long-standing tradition of having a booth at the Grant County Fair. This year’s tables offered free beef recipes; a candy guess contest, balloons and give away bags for children; a fundraiser drawing for a basket of gifts that was to benefit the CowBelles agricultural scholarship and two drawings for packaged beef cuts. Chairperson Katie Donaldson announced that the winners of the beef drawings were Jewell Jackson and Chrissie Souders. The scholarship drawing was won by John Tedford.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to improve smog-causing emissions standards: “These updated standards to limit air pollution are an encouraging step toward improving our air quality. Ozone pollution impacts our children’s health and often is the root cause of asthma, shortness of breath, and other respiratory illnesses. I will continue fighting to ensure we create an environment that safeguards the health of New Mexico families.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration’s newly announced federal ozone mandates, which were released today by the EPA. “The current federal ozone standard has already proven to be effective, despite it not being fully implemented. Yet, instead of allowing these existing regulations to work, the Obama Administration has decided to arbitrarily change the standard further,” said Pearce.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs.