Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
New Mexico State police reported an overturned cement truck in the intersection of Highways 180 and 152 at Santa Clara. Police believe the driver was driving too fast while trying to make a left turn onto Highway 152, and that was what caused the accident. No other vehicles were involved, but the truck knocked over a light pole on the corner of the intersection. Efforts to right the vehicle took most of the afternoon. The 41-year old driver was reported to have sustained only minor injuries.
Experts and advocates alike weighed in at a Tuesday meeting concerning the future of the Gila River. Over a dozen proposals for dams and reservoirs along the river were discussed, but no decision has been made. None of the proposals stand out as the “best option” despite $3 million spent on research over the past decade, over 200 meetings, and seemingly endless public comment. The Interstate Stream Commission has to make a decision by the end of the year.
A missing Santa Clara boy was returned home safely after he wandered out of his caregivers’ yard on Friday afternoon. Though the 4-year old had only wandered a few blocks away, Santa Clara Police, Bayard Police, and Hurley Police took the search very seriously. Reinforcements were called in from the Whiskey Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Santa Clara Volunteer Fire Department, the Bayard Volunteer Fire Department, and the New Mexico State Police. In addition, family and community members also joined in the search. The boy was found and returned unharmed by about 9 pm.
Beginning September 2nd, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program, which provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The Margin Protection Program will replace the Milk Income Loss Contract Program. The USDA also launched a new web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool.