Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One Office has lifted the closure on NM 211 at Bear Creek. The roadway was closed last week due to heavy rainfall, but the water has subsided and the area has been cleared of any debris along the roadway. Motorists will continue to be advised to proceed with caution on any state route as rain is still in the forecast for today. Traffic updates are posted on the NMDOT website at nmroads.com, or by calling 511 in state.
This past weekend was filled with rodeos, dances, livestock shows and more with the annual Grant County Fair. 4-H and FFA Youth showed off their skills with a variety of livestock shows, as well as in the exhibits hosted in the exhibit hall next to Cliff High School. The Grand Champions for the sponsored events include: Grand Champion Steer-Ryan Miller, Grand Champion Lamb-Alexa Vermillion, Grand Champion Swine-Kolby Taylor, Grand Champion Goat-Dominique Gutierrez. Indoor exhibit winners include: High Point Novice-Xavier Koury, High Point Junior-Robert Reed, and High Point Senior-Riley Brabson. Congratulations to these youth, and all others who participated in the Grant County Fair.
The US Department of Agriculture unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk. The new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety net programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Both programs offer farmers protecton when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues. Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to select which program works best for their businesses. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.
According to the National Weather Service, strong thunderstorms threatened central and northeastern Grant County, as well as northwestern Sierra County this afternoon. Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and brief, heavy rains are possible with these storms. Most of the affected area lies between Silver City and T or C. Storms may intensify, to monitor the National Weather Service for additional information and possible warnings. No warnings are currently in effect.