Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Brian Torres, New Mexico Department of Transportation project manager, gave the final update about the New Mexico 90/Hudson Street Bridge on Wednesday evening. Torres said about 85 to 90 percent of the work is done. The contractor has been moving dirt from under the bridge and is expected to report next week to discuss the timeline for completing final tasks on the project.
A 33 year old Deming man pled guilty to narcotics trafficking and conspiracy charges on Wednesday. He was arrested in July of 2015 after he provided an individual with methamphetamine he knew would be resold. He also had recorded telephone conversation while detained about making a witness in his case “disappear” so the witness could not testify against him. He will be sentenced to 13 years in federal prison, pending a sentencing hearing.
New Mexico – Border Patrol Agents from the Deming Station arrested a convicted felon this week who was previously charged with murder in New Mexico in 1989.
In sports news, Senior Calum Hill hit another 69 Wednesday during the second round of the NCAA Championships at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Course. Par for the course is 72. St. Leo’s Hugo Bernard is at 13 under to lead by four-shots. Hill remains near the top in all three of the par scoring areas. The final round of the NCAA Championships was played this morning.
Yesterday, USDA Rural Development Secretary released a statement encouraging graduates to consider New Mexico in their Future Plans. In the release, Brunner stated “Many talented New Mexico children hear early on that other states have more to offer. What if we instead encouraged them to stay or return after experiencing the rest of the world? Imagine the impact to our communities if more high school valedictorians planned to make their lives in New Mexico. Local communities can achieve this by offering incentives such as affordable housing, student loan repayment and business start-up help. The second step is to emphasize graduates’ ability to make a positive impact right here in New Mexico. The third step is to give those graduates real, tangible opportunities.” Brunner concluded, “for those recent graduates wanting to make an impact on the world: consider that you can change the world by making your own back yard a better place.”
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service removed the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s application to temporarily halt future Mexican wolf releases into New Mexico from state to federal court late Friday. The department’s application alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored state and federal laws last month by importing and releasing two Mexican wolves without first obtaining required state permits.