Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
According to James Marshall, Silver City assistant town manager, “the town has a specific process and it’s moving along smoothly” toward a Denny’s coming to town to replace The Red Barn Restaurant. “We met with the Denny’s development company last week,” Marshall said. “We had a few things to address and we came to agreements. We are waiting on the written plan to get it included in the process. It is moving forward.” Marshall noted that the town is not involved in the timeline but the first thing obvious to the public will be when the demolition of The Red Barn starts. “That was part of our meeting last week.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $561,507 to the Central States Air Resource Agencies Association to help states collaborate on improving air quality. This group of nine states in the central U.S. will work on issues related to air pollution moving between states, and provide lower-cost training for state staff. The federal Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” provision requires EPA and states to address interstate transport of air pollution that affects downwind states’ ability to meet and maintain these standards.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.
Springtime marks the beginning of a new April 1-March 31 “license year” for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish each season – always a good time to bring hunters and anglers up to date on any rule changes.
The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during the hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.