Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Relay for Life was held on Saturday in Silver City. About 150 people attended to walk the track as a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs, including service, education and research. The event also featured hair-stylists who donated their time so the money earned could go to cancer research.
A skate park committee was formed Tuesday evening during a public meeting at the Luna County Courthouse to address concerns of the skate park and seek ways to improve it. Current public comment of the park led to the meeting. The process of either fixing the current park or creating a new one will take some time, but steps are being taken to ensure that either option will be completed. Safety issues that were brought up in the meeting include jagged and rusted edges on a number of obstacles as well as warped and dangerous entries on some of the ramps.
Expect to see more drones in the sky thanks to new rules set in place for pilots. In the past, drone pilots had to have the same pilot`s license as airplane pilots, but, starting Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration`s new rules regulating the commercial use of drones went into effect. The FAA is offering a new test and licensure process specially designed for drone pilots.
Last year, 35,092 people died in car crashes, according to numbers released earlier this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NPR reports it was a 7.2% increase over 2014 – the largest single-year increase since 1966 and, according to a press release, the end of a 50-year downward trend in traffic fatalities.
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a new Top 10 list of the state’s most wanted DWI fugitives. The initiative is part of the administration’s efforts announced by the governor last year to locate and capture repeat DWI offenders who have skipped out on parole or probation and are now hiding from the law. Many of these offenders are also violent criminals who drove drunk and either seriously injured another driver or killed them, or they are repeat offenders who are at high-risk for causing a tragedy to occur in the future.