Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Brian Torres, New Mexico Department of Transportation project manager for the New Mexico 90/Hudson Street Bridge on the south side of Silver City, said: “What’s holding us up is that the grade is not finished. “We are still placing embankment. The rain and the snows last week and a half slowed us down. We will work Saturday and maybe Sunday. “We anticipate opening the bridge to traffic on Jan. 30,” Torres said. “We’ll still be doing little things, but traffic will be flowing over it. After Jan. 30, we anticipate about a month or a little more to finish up. Our time runs into the middle of March, based on our 325-day count. We added 26 days because of pier availability issues.
The Grant County Democratic Party recognized several dedicated Democrats at its 2015 Annual Dinner on January 15. Award recipients were recognized for their dedication and important contributions to the Grant County Democrat Party and their communities. Award recipients included Rudolpho “Rudy” Martinez who received the Community Award recognizing his leadership and commitment, Jovita Gonzales who received the Grant County Democratic Party Award for years of dedication, William Hudson received the Grant County Democratic Party Award for excellence through continued service, Lynn Baca received a Senate Proclamation LULAC Award recognizing her induction into the LULAC Women’s Hall of Fame, and Manuel Martinez received a Senate Proclamation LULAC Award recognizing the accomplishment of LULAC District Director of the Year.
New Mexico State Forestry has been awarded $598,856 for two projects under the highly competitive Western Landscape Scale Restoration program (WLSR). Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, grants will be given to projects that address the national priorities of forest protection, working forest landscape conservation, and enhancing the public benefit from trees. New Mexico’s projects were ranked first and fourth out of 16 selected winners and more than 40 applications from 17 western states and Pacific Island territories competing for shares of the program’s $4.5 million total project funds.
Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) marched with hundreds of New Mexicans during the Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day. In the state of New Mexico alone, there are over 165 Community Health Centers compared to the mere six Planned Parenthood locations. This is one of two pro-life events that Congressman Pearce will participate in this week. On Friday, Congressman Pearce will join thousands across the country in Washington, DC in the 2016 March For Life.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that he is introducing two bills to help restore voters’ voices in our democracy and follow through on the president’s call to fix our politics during last week’s State of the Union address. Udall is a champion for fair elections that are free of unlimited and undisclosed special interest money, and is the lead sponsor of a constitutional amendment to repeal the Citizens United decision.