Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

On December 23rd, a red 1997 Ford pickup collided with a white 1996 Chevrolet pickup at the intersection of Highway 180 and Ranch Club Road.  The Ford reportedly ran a red light on US 180 and slammed into the driver’s side of the Chevrolet as the driver was pulling into the intersection after the light on Ranch Club Road turned green.  Both vehicles ended up in the parking lot of Rose’s Nails and Spa.  The teenager driving the white Chevrolet had to be flown out for surgery.  The driver of the red Ford, who fled the scene, later turned himself in to Silver City Police.  His charges are pending.

The Allstate Insurance building near the intersection of Hudson Street and College Avenue suffered considerable damage during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 2, according to a Silver City Police Department incident report. The report said, after being dispatched to the Allstate building SCPD officers noticed the suspect, intoxicated, walking in the area and he was placed in investigative detention.  The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with criminal damage to property in excess of $1,000 and released on Monday, January 4th.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) encouraged livestock producers in New Mexico who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses from recent winter storms to apply for federal disaster assistance.  “Farmers and ranchers play a critical role in our state’s economy. I encourage New Mexico families who have suffered financial hardship due to the winter storms to utilize these relief programs so they can rebuild their herds and continue our rich agricultural traditions,” said Sen. Heinrich. “For more information about eligibility and applying for disaster assistance, New Mexicans should contact their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office, or visit”

Legislation that would toughen the punishment for repeat drunk drivers who continue getting in the driver’s seat when their licenses have been revoked or suspended as a result of a DWI conviction was pre-filed today by Rep. Paul Pacheco.  The bill, HB 81, would add a fourth-degree felony to a DWI charge when the offender is charged with a DWI while driving with a license that had already been revoked or suspended for a prior DWI offense.  If passed the bill would also toughen the penalties for those who lend their car to someone with a revoked or suspended license due to DWI.