Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The first baby born at Gila Regional Medical Center for 2017 was born just after midnight on January 2nd. Galilea Munoz was born to Erika Alvarez and Jose Munoz of Deming at 12:12 am. As is tradition, the Maternal Child Department and Gila Regional Medical Auxiliary celebrated her birth by giving the family a stroller-full of things Galilea will need, including diapers, clothes, blankets and toys.
The Wilderness Ranger District is looking to the public to help protect the horses and mules pastured between mile markers 18-22 and Lake Roberts on the north side of Highway 35. There are several gates to this pasture that have been left open in the past month, therefore allowing horses and mules to wander onto the highway. This area is open to the public, and it is vitally important to both the health and safety of the public and the health and safety of the livestock that all gates are closed when you exit the pasture. All gates are identified with signs referring to the livestock in the pasture.
In sports action, the Mustang Basketball team lost a close 78-71 game against in-state rival Eastern New Mexico University in Lone Star Conference play Tuesday night. WNMU will take a week off before their next game, when the host Midwestern State next Thursday, January 12th.
The Lady ‘Stangs also lost against Eastern New Mexico University despite giving it a great effort but falling 80-67. The woman’s team plays this Thursday at Texas Woman’s beginning at 7 pm Central Time.
Authorities say a 23-year-old father who was wanted after abducting his 2-year-old son has surrendered. Sergio Guadalupe Jacquez was accused of fleeing with the toddler after allegedly beating the child’s grandfather and torching his mobile home. The boy was the subject of an amber alert, but was later left unharmed with his paternal grandmother in southern New Mexico. Jacquez turned himself in to the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday. He was accompanied by his attorney and was cooperating with investigators. Authorities planned to book him on charges of arson, aggravated burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, child abuse and battery.
Yesterday, Governor Susana Martinez announced a series of legislative proposals to enact tougher DWI penalties and give officers the tools they need to get drunk drivers off the road. This includes previous proposals, like increasing jail or prison time for certain repeat DWI offenders; expanding habitual offender laws to include felony DWI offenses; and cracking down on those who recklessly toss their keys to an offender with a revoked license due to DWI.