Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Lottery last night had it’s third Million dollar prize winner for the Powerball in 2014. The $1 million prize must be claimed in person at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. The other two tickets which created overnight millionaires were sold to Brian H. of Las Cruces in January, and Robert S. of Albuquerque in April. All profits from the sale of New Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $610 million for education and more than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
Two new fire starts were reported in the Gila National Forest after yesterday’s thunderstorms. The Elk Mountain Fire on the Reserve Ranger District is 0.1 Acres, and crews are hiking into the fire today. The Cienaga Fire in the Wilderness District received precipitation on the fire, but crews are continuing recon. The Bailey Fire, which was started on the 1st, is officially out, and crews were released today from the 6.5 acre Alex Fire in the Black Range District.
The National Weather Service in El Paso has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Grant County for this afternoon. Meteorologists detected a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 MPH. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding. Locations impacted by this storm include Silver City, Lake Roberts, Little Walnut Village, Pinos Altos, as well as Rocky Canyon, Sapillo, McMillan and Cherry Creek Campgrounds.
Just a reminder: The Village of Santa Clara has issued an emergency ordinance adopting a ban on all fireworks and fires within the village through July 19th. This applies to all fireworks regardless of whether they are ground or aerial. The City of Bayard has prohibited the sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices within city limits. The use of any other permitted fireworks is restricted to areas that are paved or barren and have a readily accessible source of water.