Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) is in the first phase as they move towards the demo of the bridge on NM90/Hudson Street. The contractor is currently removing the aged utility line from under the bridge and disposing of all material in order to provide a safe environment as they prepare for the bridge demo on Friday May 22, 2015. Motorists will no longer have access over the bridge starting Friday May 22 at 4:30 am. Full traffic control will be staged throughout the project where motorists will be advised to seek an alternate route. Signage will be posted informing the public of the work zone.
The US Department of Agriculture reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification Form with their local USDA Service Center by June 1. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.
The Sierra House Advisory Board is exploring options for a full-time homeless shelter or other solution for men, women, families and teens in the Silver City area. Currently, the Silver City Gospel Mission provides a men’s cold weather shelter during the winter months and has space for a few women at it’s Sierra House transitional home. And the El Refugio battered women’s shelter has space for 32 women who are victims of domestic violence. Left in the cold are many teenagers who are couch surfing from one family to the next, young men between 12 and 17 years of age, families and adult males during the summer months. The next meeting of the advisory board will be Wednesday, 27th at 1 pm in the Gospel Mission Lunch Room and anyone interested in seeking solutions for the homeless is invited to attend.
Today, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement announcing the introduction of H.R. 2467, legislation that will help protect New Mexico’s local communities, secure its southern border and strengthen national security. “It has been one year since the President misused the Antiquities Act to unilaterally seize 500,000 acres in southern New Mexico,” said Pearce. “Not only did this monument designation disregard the concerns of the people in southern New Mexico, it also has prevented proper border security measures from being carried out. We have seen this issue play out in Arizona at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which has become a human and drug smuggling corridor.”