Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan USA Freedom Act of 2015. The bill cleared an important procedural vote by a vote of 77-17. “This is a bipartisan compromise that would ensure that our intelligence community has the tools it needs to focus more narrowly on the records of actual terrorists, and end the bulk collection of law-abiding Americans’ private phone calls. We can and we must balance the government’s need to keep our nation safe with protecting our Constitutionally guaranteed liberties.”
On Saturday, May 30, the summer program, 101 Things for Youth to Do in Grant County, kicked off in front of the Grant County Courthouse. The program is organized and supported by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, coordinated by Razanna Robinson-Thomas, under the auspices of the Grant County Community Health Council. The free program takes place until Aug. 7.
At last Thursday’s Grant County Commission meeting, Commissioners heard an update on the fire season. During the public input portion, Commissioners heard from a county resident concerning recycle bins, Chamber President Scott Terry regarding the deliberations of a five-man commission, and a public hearing on the Loma Verde improvement district was held.
Last week a federal jury found Jose Cavazos, 67, of Deming guilty of conspiracy to illegally transport immigrants. Cavazos was arrested in November 2014 and charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. Cavazos was picked up after he arrived to pick up an individual he believed to be an undocumented alien, but were actually Border Patrol agents.
A week into the Hudson Street Bridge project, and several downtown businesses are reporting an increase in crowds. Several business owners said they saw the largest Blues and Bikes Festival they have seen, and other commented that, though business has not necessarily improved, they have seen some new faces that may not have ever been downtown before the detour was set up.