Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Pete Domenici, the longest serving Senator in New Mexico history, passed away yesterday in his home town of Albuquerque, he was 85. Senator Domenici was well known for his dedication to the well-being of all of New Mexico on many issues, including fiscal responsibility and the federal budget, energy policies and New Mexico’s national labs, free trade, and a personal commitment to ensuring equality in the health care system for those suffering from mental illness. Senator Domenici represented New Mexico in the US Senate from 1972 to his retirement 2009 and served as chairman of the Budget and Energy and Natural Resource Committees and in addition to being a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. After his retirement, he became a Fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
The New Mexico Department of Health, in collaboration with New Mexico State University, announced that the mosquito species that can carry the Zika Virus has been found in Luna County. Although there are currently no confirmed cases of the disease in humans, it is urged that residents and visitors take the proper safety precautions against being bit by mosquitos.
A group of area residents attended the Silver City Town Council meeting this Tuesday evening to request that the council consider renaming Columbus Day that is typically recognized on the second Monday in October, to Indigenous People’s Day. Columbus Day is one of ten federal holidays acknowledged nationwide by the United States Government, however several states do not recognize the holiday at all or mark the day with an alternative observance.
The HMS Mimbres Valley Clinic is increasing their business hours to better accommodate the community, beginning on September 29th. The clinic will be open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00am to 6:00pm and closed between 12:00noon and 1:00pm. For more information call (575) 536-3990.
Western New Mexico University is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month with a “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods” automobile competition this Sunday, September 17th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Juan Chacon Parking lot on the WNMU campus. This free event will feature vintage automobiles in competition to win trophies in several categories.