Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Baca Fire on the Quemado Ranger District is currently 5,947 acres and 12% contained. Fire personnel will continue holding along containment lines and may implement firing operations as needed. Light precipitation and some lightning was observed in the fire area with chances of precipitation increasing through Thursday. Fire managers expect air quality to be unhealthy for the next few days. Thickest smoke is often encountered in the early morning.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Department recently arrested fugitive Frankie Rivera, New Mexico’s Most Wanted drug trafficker. Rivera was wanted for a Probation Violation for Trafficking Cocaine, and has a history of Shooting from a Motor Vehicle and Battery on a Household Member.
A Union Pacific Train derailed yesterday afternoon parallel to mile marker 55 along I-10 between Deming and Lordsburg. The derailment did not involve any other vehicles or pedestrians, but there are reports of two people suffering from minor injuries. The incident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The New Mexico Legislature has concluded a special session after Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation that resolves a state budget crisis for the coming fiscal year. The Legislature adjourned on Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers expressed lingering concerns about the health of state finances.
As a reminder, the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo begins tonight in Silver City. A lane closure will be in effect on Highway 180 east bound driving lane from 9 pm to midnight due to rodeo traffic. To those who are attending the rodeo, please have fun and be safe heading home.