Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Deming Animal Guardians of Luna County recently announced that it has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support the spay/neuter of dogs weighing less than 40 pounds and belonging to low-income pet owners. A $50 voucher will be provided to owners meeting income eligibility requirements. Deming Animal Guardians is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to low-income families in Luna County.
The New Mexico Project Decision Committee for the Federal Lands Access Program met yesterday to discuss the Catwalk Access Road project. The committee decided to evaluate improvements to NM 174 that include minor widening, replacement of existing low water crossings, the addition of concrete low water crossings at side drainages, and hardening of the roadway embankment along the creek.
Sparky’s Burgers, BBQ and Expresso in Hatch won the people’s choice foe best green chile cheeseburger contest at the New Mexico State Fair for the second consecutive year. Judges choices for the best burgers were Laguna Burger from Laguna, NM; and Starr Brothers Brewery and Pasion Latin Fusion in Albuquerque.
In sports news, the WNMU women’s golf team is in fifth place after the first round of the Regis Invitational that took place at the Murphy Creek Golf Course on Monday. Sophomore Shelby Turner and freshman Brenda Dominguez both ranked in the top ten.
Today, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released an investigation into possible theft by an employee of New Mexico’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) found that $18,225 of public money was diverted into the personal bank accounts of the former Center for Self-Advocacy Program Director. The former Director appears to have taken funds intended to pay people with disabilities for training classes and instead deposited the payments into his own bank accounts for personal use.
Freeport MacMoRan recently announced that its oil and gas subsidiary has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the sale of its Deepwater Gulf of Mexico properties for total cash consideration of $2.0 billion and up to $150 million in contingent payments. Anadarko will also assume future abandonment obligations associated with the properties which had a book value of approximately $0.5 billion in June of 2016.