Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Just before midnight Monday evening, a collision occurred between an 18 wheeler and a car on Highway 356 near mile marker 2. The driver of the 18 wheeler said the driver of the car was driving in the wrong lane and hit him head on. The driver of the car was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center, his current condition is unknown. State Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The road was closed for more than five hours, and workers leaving the mine were advised to leave through Hanover.
The Silver City Police Department has determined that inattention was the cause of the vehicle/pedestrian accident that occurred on November 20th that left a pregnant woman hospitalized with several broken bones. The victim suffered two broken knees and two broken wrists, but her unborn child was not injured. Thanks to eyewitness reports and testimony from the juvenile driver, police determined that the driver had reached for a water bottle and taken his eyes off the road, and the pedestrian was looking at her phone and not paying attention to traffic. Police determined the driver was not on his phone during the incident, and was not speeding or driving recklessly. No charges are being filed at this time.
Corre Caminos may be cancelling one stop along the Silver City Route this week due to safety concerns. The stop is at the 32nd Street group home, and the shoulder of the road where the bus stops is not wide enough, leaving the bus extending into the driving lane. The stop is on the hill where it can’t be seen, and has been the cause of “several near misses,” according to Corre Caminos Director Kim Dominguez. The company will still offer on-demand service to the stop.
DEPCOM Power recently purchased and donated a spacious building for the Deming Animal Guardians Sunshine Haven Intake & Rescue, the first nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Luna County. DEPCOM, a Scottsdale, Arizona, solar power company doing business in Deming, donated the building to the group so it would have a place to house and heal abandoned animals brought to the organization. The new building at 1755 Domingo Road will soon be converted into indoor and outdoor kennels to foster rescued animals until they are adopted.
Today, the Office of the Secretary of State announces that Secretary of State elect Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on December 9, 2016, at 4:00 pm in Santa Fe and will immediately assume the office. Current Secretary of State Brad Winter has served since he was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez on December 15, 2015, due to the resignation of Dianna Duran.