Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
U.S. Border Patrol agents working in southern New Mexico rescue two individuals and seize nearly a quarter of a million dollars Monday. The US Border Patrol is reporting that shortly before midnight on June 29th, Lordsburg Border Patrol agents stopped to assist a Hidalgo County Sheriff Deputy near the Arizona state line. Four individuals who were determined to be in the country illegally were attempting to hide from view in a 2008 Dodge Charger. A canine inspection revealed an additional two people trapped in the trunk of the vehicle. The driver and all six undocumented aliens were arrested and transported to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station.
In a new ranking on Thrillist.com, every state in America was ranked based on what they called ‘everything’, including their contributions to the county: such as inventions, food and drink, somewhat productive famous people, unique physical beauty, and much more. New Mexico was ranked 23rd on the list for what the author called ‘pretty good skiing’ and Green chile.
While some other parts of the Southwest continue to suffer an exceptional drought, Northern New Mexico residents are experiencing wetter conditions than they have seen in recent years as the annual summer monsoon gets into full swing this week. The New Mexican is reporting a majority of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties have been lowered to Moderate Drought to Abnormally Dry. The Eastern half of the state is experiencing no water shortages. Compared to one year ago, when 100% of the state was experiencing Abnormally Dry Conditions or worse.
Several new laws went into effect July 1st. The five laws include a new law that adds criminal charges for revenge porn, a law that allows New Mexico breweries and wineries to sell products from other breweries and wineries, a law that states your cell phone carrier is required to send you a free text message if there is an Amber Alert in the area, a lowering of the minimum age from 55 to 50 for drivers to take a driving class to get their insurance lowered , and the Forfeiture Act which states property can only be seized after a criminal conviction and the money from the sale of abandoned or forfeited property must go to the general fund.
Yesterday, Governor Susana Martinez and local leaders reminded New Mexicans that anyone who suspects that child abuse or neglect is taking place must report it. Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect decline over the summer months, when children are not in school. New Mexicans can easily report suspected child abuse or neglect by dialing #SAFE.