Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
New Mexico State Police responded to a fatal crash early Monday morning near mile marker 93 east of Deming. The initial investigation indicated a vehicle traveling westbound on I-10 struck a concrete barrier in a construction zone. The driver exited the disabled vehicle and was struck in the roadway by a second westbound vehicle. The 64-year-old sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.
The Deming Police Department issued a Silver Alert for Raquel Aldama, an 89 year-old resident from Deming. She was last seen with her poodle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Deming Police Department at 546-3011.
In times for Valentine’s Day, BackgroundChecks.org ranked the Most Sexually Diseased States in America. The report, released on February 7, 2017, used a combination of STD data published by the CDC, county and state health data, and social media surveys, to create a comprehensive look at the state of STDs in the US. New Mexico ranked #5 on the top 10 most diseased states list, behind Mississippi, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska as the most diseased state. STDs reached an all-time high in 2016, according to data released late last year by the CDC. Much of the rise has been attributed to “hook up” apps.
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the awarding of a $200,000 grant from the Pfizer Inc. Naloxone Access Program to fight drug overdose deaths in New Mexico. New Mexico is one of five states receiving grant funding from Pfizer to fund initiatives focused on increasing public awareness of risks of opioid addiction.
In legislative action, House leadership yesterday agreed on a bipartisan compromise amendment to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch. The amendment to House Bill 261 makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
House Democrats on Monday introduced HB 101, the Health Security Act. HB 101 passed the House Health and Human Services Committee by a vote of 403. The Health Security Act specifically provides for a study of the feasibility of establishing a universal health coverage system and then, if feasible, would act to establish a universal health coverage system for all New Mexicans.
As a reminder, NM 152 from mile post 0 to 5 will be closed due to open trenching for the City of Santa Clara. Closure will be in place daily from 8 am until 5 pm through February 14th. Please reduce speed and watch for personnel and equipment in the area.
Don’t forget, today is the last day to vote in the School Board Elections. Voting convenience centers for Silver City include the Tyrone Community Center, Silver City Women’s Club, Grant County Administration Building, and Cliff High School. Voting for the Cobre Board will be according to traditional precincts and by school board district: District 1 (Precincts 25, 26, 27) at the Cobre School Administration Building; District 2 (Precincts 8, 23, 24, and 34) at Central Elementary School; District 3 (Precincts 28, 29, and 30) at Hurley Community Center; District 4 (Precincts 3, 4, 5, and 10) at San Lorenzo Elementary School; and District 5 (Precincts 7 and 9) also at the Cobre School Admin. Bldg.