Here’s a look at some news:
The New Mexico Supreme Court blocked the reinstatement of straight-ticket voting in a unanimous decision this week. The court found that Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, did not have the authority to reinstate the straight-ticket voting option, and that it is up to the state legislature to do so. Currently, just nine states still allow straight-ticket voting, whereby a voter can check one box that will select all the candidates of a particular political party.
Members of the Luna County community, including veterinary associates and animal advocates, attended a Luna County commissioners work session this week to address issues of animal care regulations and control. Public concern has increased since over 100 animals living at the “Ruff Ruff Animal Sanctuary”, located southeast of Deming, were discovered living in inadequate conditions over the summer. Owner of the sanctuary, recently received two citations after denying the President of the Luna County Humane Society and an animal control officer access to the property in order to conduct a follow-up inspection. Earlier in July, an employee of the animal sanctuary was charged with 10 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, after 10 dogs were found dead at the location. Several attendees voiced they want to see the current animal regulation and control ordinance strengthened to avoid future tragedies of animal cruelty and neglect.
A lightening caused fire that started on September 7th in the Gila National Forest continues to burn four miles west of Saddle Mountain. The fire, named the “Noland Fire” has burned 100 acres. In addition, two type 6 engines, one hot shot crew, and two small hand-crew modules are being used as well as continued monitoring, assessment, and protection of values at risk. The fire is burning on the ground and consuming heavy fuels and during the burn period, short runs in the grass are noticeable.
The Grant County Community Health Council held it’s last meeting with director, Cari Lemon this week, who has taken another job. The Health Council is currently in transition and the job will not be immediately filled. Data from 679 assessment surveys has been compiled and will be prepared to present to stakeholder groups. Cari will be assisting with the transition and continues to be involved as a health council member.
There are many outdoor activities occurring this weekend that include: the Luna County Community Health Fair from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Luna County Courthouse Park; The Greenlee County Fair at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds in Duncan Arizona will feature rodeos, animal showmanship, and lots more; The Cowboys for Cancer Research Team Roping Event is taking place at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces, and in Silver City the 3rd Annual Silver City LGBTQ Pride Festival from 11:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.m. in Gough Park. Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!