Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The National Weather Service of El Paso has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect through midnight Wednesday night. Abundant monsoon moisture will bring increased rain and thunderstorms along with chances for Flash Flooding. Excessive run-off from heavy rain could lead to flash flooding of low-lying and flood-prone areas as well as locations along drainages, arroyos and small streams. The Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Grant and Hidalgo Counties, as well as northern Luna County and much of Sierra County. Monitor forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
Yesterday, Governor Susana Martinez announced this year’s statewide program to help parents get vaccines for their kids at little to no cost before the school year starts. The program, “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” will run through August 13th and increases access to vaccines at more than 60 providers for New Mexicans. Partners in the program include the New Mexico Primary Care Association and the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, and managed care organizations including Molina, United Healthcare, Presbyterian and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $427,022 to the New Mexico Environment Department for programs that oversee the handling of solid and hazardous wastes. Under EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, this grant will help the New Mexico Environment Department develop programs to protect public health and the environment from facilities which contain or contained hazardous waste.
In a letter to New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chairwoman Valerie Espinoza, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham underscored Los Lunas as a prime location for Facebook to build its new data center. The new facility is planned to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, either wind or solar, and would create hundreds of jobs in the state. Facebook, which has more than 1.6 billion users, is deciding whether to build its new center in New Mexico or Utah. The lawmakers are encouraging the PRC to help secure Facebook’s new facility for New Mexico.