Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with the local conservation-minded Roberson family and the Bureau of Land Management to permanently protect and open access to 5,867 acres of prime wildlife habitat in west-central New Mexico. The Alamocita Creek property is located about 20 miles northeast of Pie Town, and knits together more than five miles of public lands by connecting BLM lands to the Cibola National Forest.
The Gila National Forest will be conducting an orientation and training session for the Cobre Southwest Firefighter recruitment program for the 2017 wildland fire season. To be accepted into the program, candidates must meet all of the attendance requirements, successfully complete a 40-hour training course and pass a Work Capacity Test. For further information, please contact Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest Fire Staff Officer, at 575-388-8233,
Two burglaries were reported this week by the Silver City Police Department. The thefts resulted in the loss of approximately 20 computers or computer tablets from the Habitat for Humanity and Harrison Schmitt Elementary.
New requirements for teacher evaluations have taken New Mexico school districts by surprise. The New Mexican reports that the state Public Education Department will now require attendance to be factored in to teachers’ performance evaluations. In previous years, districts were allowed to choose between including teachers’ attendance or parent and student surveys to make up 10 percent of the evaluation.
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and industry partners today finalized plans for 2017 to improve identity theft protections for individual and business taxpayers after making significant inroads this year against fraudulent returns.