Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A semi-truck rolled down the hill from the Rodeway Inn and crashed into two rooms of the Holiday Inn on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Silver City Police report, the driver had parked his vehicle at the Rodeway Inn and gone inside to check into a room. Nobody was injured in the accident.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 1.32 pounds of cocaine Monday. The drugs were hidden in the shoes of a female border crosser. CBP officers took custody of the woman, 23-year-old Laura Valeria Ramirez of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to HSI special agents to faces charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced more than $6.5 million for maintenance and construction projects at 17 New Mexico airports. The funding was awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, and will fund runway rehabilitations, fencing construction and other safety improvements at airports across the state.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $26.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into 45 projects that will spur innovative conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farms across the country. Public and private grantees will provide matching investments, bringing the total value of support to $59 million. The investment is made through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which fosters innovation in conservation tools and strategies to improve things like on-farm energy and fertilizer use as well as market-based strategies to improve water quality or mitigate climate change.