Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A rehabilitated hawk is scheduled to be released tomorrow on Ridge Road in conjunction with WNMU new student orientation. The release of the hawk back into the wild by Gila Wildlife Rescue is symbolic of the newfound freedom of the newest residents of the Silver City Community. A family of parents and students will be selected to participate in the hawk release. Members of the community are invited to attend, which will take place tomorrow on Ridge Road at 1 pm.
La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery recently won in the Finger Lakes International Competition for their wines grown and created at the La Esperanza Winery in the Mimbres Valley of Southwest New Mexico.
This week, nearly 90 PNM employees from across the state came together to build wheelchairs for those in need and donated them to Adelante Development Center Inc., a New Mexico non-profit agency that serves over 1,000 New Mexicans with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. The build was professionally facilitated and, in all 12 wheelchairs were assembled and given to the Back in Use Program. PNM employees also learned about the challenges people with disabilities attempt to work through each and every day through different obstacle courses and simulations.
As more Americans contract the Zika virus, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging the Republican leaders to immediately call Congress back into session to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing Zika crisis. The New Mexico Department of Health has already reported four cases of Zika in New Mexico that were acquired while traveling abroad. Two Aedes mosquito species known to be able to transmit Zika have been found in four New Mexico counties.
The Associated Press is reporting that the US Border Patrol is erecting an 18-foot-tall steel fence in the last stretch of unwalled, urban borderline along the US-Mexico Border in New Mexico. Officials say the new fencing will create a more imposing barrier in a location that is deeply symbolic to immigration activists. The wall will replace a 10-foot chain-link fence that runs a mile or so from the bottom of a mesa to the base of Mount Cristo Rey.
Today, Governor Susana Martinez will announce that all New Mexico teachers will receive a prepaid $100 debit card to help buy classroom materials and supplies.