Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A large portion of Southwest New Mexico, including all of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties, is under a Red Flag Warning for Friday. Extremely critical fire weather conditions are expected as strong west-southwest winds, warm temperatures, and low relative humidities will create dangerous fire weather conditions. The highest threat is to the lowlands east of the Rio Grande. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
The Reserve Ranger District will be implementing a campground closure for the Willow Creek Campground until Memorial Day. The creek crossing at the campground is believed to be unsafe, so the campground will be closed while the road is being repaired.
Crystal Medina Gomez, 50, of Silver City, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 30 months of imprisonment for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.
Border Patrol Officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 610 pounds of marijuana late Tuesday afternoon. The seizure was made when a 1991 tractor-trailer entered the commercial area of the port and an X-ray image revealed an anomaly within the commodity which was reported to be industrial machinery. The bust was valued at approximately $488,000. Officers at the El Paso port of entry made six additional marijuana busts on Tuesday, confiscating a total of 448 pounds.
Authorities in New Mexico and Arizona are warning the public about counterfeit money that is being passed around. Reports of fake bills in denominations ranging from 10s to 100s have been reported in Roswell, as well as Arizona’s Lake Havasu City. Investigators believe the bills in both states are coming from the same source.