Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Fire managers continue to evaluate current and forecast conditions in order to implement the Meekins Prescribed Fire on the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest. The 400-acre project is west of Forest Service Road 150, also known as Wall Lake Road or North Star Road. The Meekins Prescribed Fire may occur anytime from April 13th through May 15th pending favorable conditions. This prescribed fire is part of an ongoing program to improve forest health, enhance wildlife habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a rash of Burglaries that have occurred within the county. Beginning March 8 through March 26, there have been several auto burglaries and criminal damage to vehicles in the areas of Palo Verde, Briarwood, Copper Ridge and Grandview. On March 30, a report of a burglary was reported in the 800 block of Pinos Altos Rd. On March 31, the churches on Peterson Drive and Arroyo Seco were burglarized. On April 1, the Ikard and Newsom was broken into. All of these burglaries are occurring during the late hours of the night. The sheriff’s office is asking the community to please report any suspicious activity in their areas. The Grant County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest on these cases. The Sheriff’s Office is following up on some leads. Sheriff Raul Villanueva is asking anyone with information about this case to please contact Crime Stoppers at 538-5254, Central dispatch at 388-8840 or the Sheriff’s Office at 575-574-0100.
Border Patrol Agents in Deming, New Mexico arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday with an extensive criminal history, capping a month of numerous sex offender arrests made throughout the El Paso Sector.
Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill to allow New Mexico drivers to take safety courses at a younger age. Currently, people can take the refresher courses when they turn 55. Under the bill signed into law Tuesday, they can take the courses beginning at age 50.
A new study says New Mexico is No. 1 among states that rely on federal spending, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico’s two national laboratories, four military bases and federal ownership of just over a quarter of the land in the state are all factors in the study by financial site WalletHub.com. Other factors in the state’s dependency on federal spending are likely the high rate of poverty, a growing elderly population, agricultural subsidies and the success of the congressional delegation in lobbying for federal dollars over the years.