Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) held its annual Scholarship and Student of the Month Awards Celebration at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, August 1. Twenty-two students were awarded college scholarships and eight high school students were recognized for their leadership and achievements.
A Silver City police officer was dispatched to the emergency room at Gila Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Aug. 2, at about 7:10 a.m. in reference to a gunshot wound suffered by a 21-year-old Silver City man. The officer had contact with the victim who appeared to be intoxicated and who had a gunshot wound to his right upper calf, according to a SCPD incident report. The bullet did not penetrate, but only grazed the skin, and the officer was advised that X-rays were taken and there were no bullet fragments inside the leg.
On Sunday, August 2, 2015 at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers from the New Mexico State Police responded to the scene of a fatal vehicle crash. This crash occurred at mile marker 22 on State Road 11, south of Deming, New Mexico. The initial investigation revealed that a vehicle driven by Jose Osornio (31) from Deming, NM was southbound on State Road 11 when the vehicle he was driving went onto the right shoulder of the roadway, then crossed both travel lanes, and overturned several times on the northbound shoulder where it erupted in flames and burned. Mr. Osornio was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Alcohol and Speed are believed to be contributing factors in this crash. This vehicle crash is still under investigation.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement today in support of the Obama Administration’s final Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution nationwide by an average of 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030, with different specific targets for each state. “This is a historic step in combating climate change and protecting the health of our kids and future generations. I commend the Obama Administration for taking strong action to establish reasonable and achievable standards that will benefit us all.”
U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against an effort to cut off life-saving health care services for women in New Mexico by de-funding Planned Parenthood. He issued the following statement: “Planned Parenthood provides critical health care and preventive services, such as cancer screenings and tests, for women and men, many of whom do not have access to services elsewhere. I’m not going to allow this life-saving care to be cut off for thousands in New Mexico.”