Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range has reported it has logged close to 5,500 missions this year. The U.S. Air Force has sponsored 1,615 training missions over the year, with 458 of the mission involving fighter jets. Other missions included the firing of rockets and missiles, laser tests, and training in F-16 fighter jets. The White Sands Missile Range is comprised of 3,200 square miles.
There is a current iCloud phone scam circulating among Apple customers. People are receiving a call saying that their iCloud account has been breached and to call Apple Support at a certain phone number, which is fake. Apple urges people to avoid phishing emails, fake “virus alerts”, phony support calls and other scams by verifying the caller’s identity before providing any personal information. Scammers spoof phone numbers and use flattery and threats to pressure their victims into giving them information, money, and even iTunes gift cards.
New Mexico State Parks are sponsoring free guided hikes on New Year’s Day in 13 park locations as part of a national effort to get the people outside and enjoying what nature has to offer. These “First Day Hikes” are a great way burn off the extra holiday calories and start the new year right with a refreshing walk in a beautiful state park. Polar Bear Plunges will also be held at three parks this year. Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the scheduled hike. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. For hike locations and times, visit naspd.org or nmparks.com “First Day Hikes” originated over 20 years ago, at a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.
A New Mexico law that was enacted in June of this year, will allow New Year’s Eve liquor sales to continue past midnight, which is the usual cutoff time for sales on Sunday. State Representative, Jim R. Trujillo of District 45 in Santa Fe, introduced the bill that extends liquor sales when the last day of December falls on a Sunday. The law only applies to businesses with full liquor licenses and does not apply to towns or counties that do not allow liquor sales at all on Sundays. The next time that New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday is December 31st, 2023.