Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Grant County Commissioners at their recent work session heard report from Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Brian Cunningham regarding a recent caregiver survey, as well as Cunningham’s Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community initiative to promote a vote in favor of a 4-mill tax levy to help support the county-owned hospital. Commissioners also heard a report from Detention Center Administrator Mike Carillo on statistics on inmates in the facility. County Manager Charlene Webb reported on a radio situation where the El Paso Sheriff’s Department recently upgraded its equipment and the signal overrides the local offices. She noted to solve the issue may require requesting a new frequency, and the Federal Communications Commission is working with the county to help solve the problem.
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest recently helped Literacy Link Leamos put their trademark stickers on new books. Literacy Link Leamos will pass out the books to area elementary school children sometime in October.
A new nine-foot tall red chile pepper sculpture now greets visitors to the J. Cloyd Miller Library on the WNMU campus. The smiling steel and bronze chile was sculpted from the hoods of ten cars found across New Mexico by local artist Linda Joanou.
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Facebook has chosen New Mexico for the site of its new high-tech data center in its nationwide search. The data center will be built in the Village of Los Lunas, and the project’s initial phase will bring thousands of long-term construction positions and an initial investment of $250 million in investment – with the potential for multiple phases down the pipeline, which would create more jobs and more investment. Long-term, the project has the potential to attract other high-tech companies to the state and transform New Mexico into a hub for data center activity.
New Mexico State Fair attendees have spoken and the 2016 Battle of the Salsas winner has been decided! Several hundred people at the New Mexico State Fair stood in line Saturday to sample 28 salsas. After their votes were tallied, Black Market Salsa was named the best salsa in the state.