Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Susana Martinez is scheduled to announce the New Mexico Certified Chile Trademark Program tomorrow in Bernalillo. With the creation of this program, New Mexico Certified Chile will join other well-known branded products such as Vidalia Onions, 100% Pure Florida, California Olive Oil and Idaho Potatoes that support signature crops of a state or region. In April 2011, Martinez signed into law the New Mexico Chile Advertising Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any product as New Mexico Chile unless it is actually grown here. The New Mexico Certified Chile program builds on this legislation, giving consumers across the country the confidence that they are using only the finest New Mexico Chile.
Dr. Joseph Shepherd gave his State of the University Address at the Silver City Museum Annex this Saturday after being rained out of the Museum courtyard. In the address, he announced that WNMU has completed a master plan, which sets goals for the university for 5, 10, and 20 years out. Dr. Shepherd also outlined capital expenditures being undertaken and his hopes for the years to come. The projects include renovations of Light Hall: including classrooms, the theater, and a patio entertainment space; paint, security and fire alarm systems for the WNMU Museum; renovation of the 50-year old Harlan Hall science building; expansion of the lobby and restrooms in the Fine Arts Center Theater, and upgraded exterior lighting across campus.
Four people were injured on Rockhound Road in Luna County last Wednesday in a T-bone collision between a 2011 Chevy truck and a 1992 Chevy truck. Three of the injured were treated at Mimbres Memorial for neck pains, but one woman was airlifted to El Paso after being extracted from the wreckage. According to Luna County Sheriff’s report, the driver of the 2011 Chevy truck failed to yield at an intersection and struck the 1992 vehicle.
Powerful winds from this weekend’s storms ripped a tree out of the ground in Santa Clara early Sunday morning. According to reports, the winds knocked two large trees over in one man’s yard and damaged two of his neighbor’s Hummer SUVs. One hummer was believed to be totaled. Meanwhile, huge roots stuck out of his yard where the trees had fallen over. According to the National Weather Service, there was no report of a wind storm in Grant County on Saturday night, but the strong winds could have been caused by the overnight storms that had much of Grant County in a Flash Flood Warning Saturday afternoon into the evening.