Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Kerr Fire on the Reserve Ranger District remains 2,800 acres and 17% contained. Measurable amounts of precipitation fell over a majority of the fire yesterday afternoon. Fire managers continue to utilize and maintain low intensity fire within the area to reduce fuel loading and improve forest health.
The Kelly Fire located 10 miles northeast of Alma is 2 acres in size. The plan has been to monitor and evaluate heritage sites in the area. The fire received a trace amount of rain yesterday afternoon and evening, and has a 40% chance of precipitation over the fire area today.
A new chapter of the nation’s largest leadership honor society was initiated at Western New Mexico University with an induction ceremony of more than 70 students on Saturday, May 6. The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) ceremony was the culmination of preparation of several months for students and staff that were looking to create new student leadership opportunities at WNMU. NSLS offers discounts for members on educational related item purchases including textbooks, apparel, electronics and car insurance. The student executive board is planning several trainings and workshops for the upcoming year in hopes to increase the membership to several hundred students.
New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham was named the 2017 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc. Latham was recognized at the 82nd annual American Mothers National Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 25. According to the release, she will serve as an advocate for mothers across the country promoting the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach at home, work and in the world.