Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest recently held their annual Family Picnic at Little Walnut Picnic Grounds. Ellen Brown of the Forest Service talked to the girls and their families about the importance of putting out fires and being careful not to start fires. Smokey Bear made a special appearance.
Four Western New Mexico University nursing students are the recipients of scholarships awarded by the Martin Family who has been supporting WNMU for over 15 years. Timothy Des Jardins received the Robert & Ione Martin Scholarship, Alicia Hernandez received the Frank & Bernice Parrish Scholarship, Bala (Michael) Wambee received the Frank & Bernice Parrish State Match Scholarship, and Sarah Atilano received the Robert & Ione Parrish State Match Scholarship.
Border Patrol Agents from southern New Mexico, with the assistance of New Mexico State Police, made an arrest of a wanted man out of Tennessee for ‘felony theft of a vehicle’ and handed the juvenile in the car with him over to New Mexico Child Protective Services. On a separate incident, Agents apprehended a Mexican citizen and backpacks containing 96.2 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $75,000. Agents also apprehended a wanted sex offender at the I-10 traffic checkpoint.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new US Department of Agriculture jobs program that will use the national apprenticeship system to hire new employees as agricultural commodity graders, a key role in USDA’s mission to protect American consumers. The new program will also serve as a way to increase jobs for US veterans.
The New Mexico House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill slashing 119 stalled infrastructure projects at a cost of $12.5 million. The legislation moves nearly $90 million in unspent state dollars to New Mexico’s general fund as lawmakers try to backfill a deficit of nearly $600. The Bill now moves to Governor Susana Martinez for her signature.