Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recognizes September as ‘Newborn Screening Awareness Month’ and encourages all new parents in New Mexico to visit with their healthcare provider about how comprehensive screening tests at birth can protect the health of their newborn. Each year, thousands of babies in New Mexico are routinely screened for certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center. Babies are also screened for hearing loss and for critical congenital heart defects. The Newborn Screening Program ensures that all babies with abnormal screening results receive appropriate diagnostic testing and that confirmed cases receive early and timely care. For more information, visit the about the New Mexico Newborn Screening Program website at: https://nmhealth.org/about/phd/fhb/cms/nbgs.
A Luna County woman suffered more than one thousand bee stings when she and members of her family were attacked at a residence last Friday. Angela Ortiz, of the 4000 Block of Yucca Road in Deming, was attacked by a swarm of bees that built a hive underneath the home. A Luna County Deputy came to the family’s aid, and was himself stung at least 100 times. Other members of the family were also injured aiding in the rescue. The swarm was eventually controlled by utilizing a fire extinguisher. Angela Ortiz was transported to Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces and is recovering from the incident.
The public is welcome to a ceremony at Western New Mexico University in commemoration of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The public ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium on Monday, September 11th. WNMU students will perform special music and remarks will be given by President Joseph Shepard and others. There will be nearly 3000 U.S. flags on display in remembrance of the 2996 victims of the attacks. Following the event there will be a reception outside of the Brancheau P.E. Complex.
The Silver City Planning and Zoning Commission will be voting on approval the town’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan this week, and if approved will be sent to the Town Council for public hearings to obtain comments before a final approval is reached. Comprehensive planning is meant to assist citizens of the community to identify and carry out actions for improved transportation, land use, housing, public facilities and programs, infrastructure, economic development, parks and open space, and other policies and programs that shape daily life in their community. The current plan is dated from 2004 and should be updated every 10 years. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, visit townofsilvercity.org.