Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Several fires have been reported across the state of New Mexico. The Bledsoe1 Fire is burning north of Tatum in Lea County, and burned an estimated 3,000 acres of private land. This fire is reported as contained. The Hay Vega Fire has burned approximately 13 acres of private land in Catron County. The Moon Mountain Fire near Ruidoso in Lincoln, which caused officials to evacuate area schools as a precaution, has seen suppression activities and no changes in acreage from nearly 175 acres Monday night have been reported. The Brown Fire south of Socorro has burned approximately 200 acres, with smoke visible from I-25.
El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents stopped two separate drug smuggling attempts in the boot-heel area of southwestern New Mexico that effectively removed 345 pounds of marijuana, valued at $276,720. Monday morning, Lordsburg Station agents were alerted to possible activity in the desert. Lordsburg Horse Patrol agents responded to the area and began tracking them in the darkness and rugged terrain. In a separate incident agents near Animas responded to the area with a service canine where they found two subjects trying to hide in the desert brush.
Students at Caesar Chavez Charter High School were recently given the unique opportunity to be able to participate in a phlebotomy class offered free at the school. The class is set up to give the students real training in a practical career within the health occupations.
EPA officials said Thursday the Animas and San Juan Rivers are safe for recreation. That’s after the agency accidentally released 3 million gallons of mine waste last summer.
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has been recognized as the best in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The outreach center, which teaches veterans how to start and manage a business, will receive the “Excellence in Service” award by the Small Business Council.