Here’s a look at today’s news:
According to a release from the New Mexico Department of Health, influenza activity continues to increase across New Mexico. Since October, the New Mexico Department of Health has investigated 21 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, which is more than was reported during the entire 2016-2017 flu season. Influenza-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase. There have been 18 influenza related deaths and 72 pneumonia related deaths in adults to date this season. In addition to vaccination for all persons 6 months and older, NMDOH recommends good hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette as the best methods to prevent flu.
The Luna County Clerk’s Office is accepting absentee ballots for the $10 million school bond election that will take place on February 6th. The general obligation bonds, if approved are targeted to fund upgrades of school buildings or grounds, computer hardware and software for student use, or matching funds for capital outlay projects. Absentee ballots will be accepted at the Luna County Clerk’s office, 700 South Silver Avenue in Deming, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday, through February 2nd. County offices are closed on Fridays. Approval of the bond issue is the only question on the ballot. The election will take place on February 6th with polls open from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Voters may cast their ballots at three voting convenience centers at the following locations: in Luna County, at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center at 2300 East Pine Street; the Holy Family Parish Hall at 615 S. Copper Street; or at the Columbus Village Library at 112 West Broadway.
Silver City Police Officers responded to a single vehicle crash yesterday morning at approximately 8:42 A.M. on Rosedale Road at the city limits. According to an early investigation, a tan 2005 Toyota was traveling south on Rosedale Road when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a sign and hit a tree. The operator of the vehicle, was transported the Gila Regional Medical Center ER, where the driver was pronounced deceased. An accident investigation remains in progress.
The New Mexico House of Representatives has unanimously approved “House Joint Memorial 3” to help state agency personnel identify potential family abuse issues. “HJM 3” promotes the Children, Youth and Families Department and the Department of Public Safety to train their field employees about the link made between animal abuse and family member abuse. According to studies, “76 percent of animal abusers also abuse another family member and individuals who have a history of animal abuse are three times more likely to commit a violent crime.” The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department has been using this training that has helped officers accurately identify more troubled household environments. “HJM 3” will now move to the Senate for its consideration.