Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Silver City Police Department Chief Ed Reynolds held a media press conference in regards to the June 11 traffic stop of 6th Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez. Reynolds said of Rick Ritter, who called to report the reckless driver, that he had done the right thing, which is to report suspicious activity. Reynolds went on to say that after reviewing all the information, the Silver City Police Department found that there was enough to initiate an impaired driving investigation, and Law Enforcement had failed to do its job. The two officers involved will not be fired over this, but Reynolds said he would administer disciplinary action in regards to any bodycams being turned off.
Border Patrol agents at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station arrested a known sex offender and stopped two separate drug smuggling attempts Wednesday in the boot-heel area of southwestern New Mexico. A total of 386 pounds of marijuana valued at $#09,000 was seized. Border Patrol agents also assisted Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies with a vehicle stop which revealed the driver was driving a stolen vehicle from Albuquerque. An occupant of the vehicle, an illegal alien named Ismael Rivera Pacheco, had an extensive criminal history including a conviction for “Lewd Acts upon a Child.”
The USDA Farm Service Agency’s safety net programs deadline to enroll for ARC or PLC for the 2016 crop year. ARC and PLC programs trigger financial protections for farmers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. Contact your local Farm Service Agency by August 1, 2016 to enroll.
Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that binge drinking and cigarette smoking is down among New Mexico high school students. Binge drinking (consuming five or more alcoholic drinks on a single occasion in the past 30 days) has fallen by half in the last ten years, from 28.6 percent in 2005 to 14.6 percent in 2015. Current cigarette smoking (smoking cigarettes on at least one of the past 30 days) dropped to 11.4 percent in 2015 from 25.7 percent in 2005.