Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Department of Health is joining the American Diabetes Association in recognizing today as “Diabetes Alert Day”. The annual health observance encourages New Mexicans and others nationwide to take a quick, free online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and learn how they can delay, or even prevent, the disease. An estimated 230,000 New Mexican adults have diabetes, and over 530,000 New Mexican adults have prediabetes, the condition that comes before type 2 diabetes in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal. The New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program estimates only three in ten New Mexican adults with prediabetes are aware of it, which prevents them from taking important steps to prevent or delay diabetes. Visit the New Mexico Department of Health Facebook page to take the diabetes risk test.
The Gila National Forest Silver City Ranger District personnel will be opening five campgrounds for the season this Thursday. The campgrounds are: Iron Creek Campground, Upper Gallinas Campground, Railroad Canyon Campground, Cherry Creek Campground, and McMillan Campground. Gila National Forest officials remind visitors that weather and conditions can change suddenly in the high country and to be aware of potential hazards in campgrounds and on forest roads.
U.S Border Patrol El Paso Sector Agents, in collaboration with Homeland Security Investigators, have arrested an individual for alleged human smuggling. U.S Border patrol agents discovered a suspicious vehicle in the Rodeo area on March 19th. Three passengers admitted to entering the country illegally and the driver admitted to knowing the passengers were illegal aliens and that he would receive payment for transporting them. The vehicle was seized by the U.S Border Patrol and in addition it was determined that the driver was a DACA recipient that had obtained approval to remain in the U.S. until September of 2019. The individual will be prosecuted on human smuggling charges and may no longer be able to maintain his DACA status.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Ft. Bayard National Cemetery will honor the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of the Armed Forces in a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary event tomorrow at 2:00 P.M at the Ft. Bayard National Cemetery Rostrum. The event will commemorate Vietnam War Veterans and include a pinning ceremony to all Vietnam Veterans in attendance. The keynote speaker will be 39th District New Mexico Representative Rudy Martinez, a U.S. Air Force Veteran. All Vietnam Veterans and members of the public are welcome.