Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Bayard City Council at its June 8 meeting approved a $36,261.68 work order for Engineers Inc. to begin engineering and design services for a 125,000-gallon water storage tank at the Bayard Wellfield. The consent agenda consisting of various department reports and workshop and symposium attendance requests for city staff was approved. Also approved was a co-op agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation for street improvement on Orchard Street. Cost of the project is $47,000, with the city’s 25 percent match coming to $11,750.
Class No. 190 completed 657 hours of standardized basic police officer course work. The curriculum included constitutional policing, de-escalation of force, crisis resolution, dealing with the mentally ill, conflict management, and identifying human trafficking. Also covered were ethics, cultural diversity, officer survival, bomb recognition, gangs and terrorism, and patrolling in the community.
Following an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 29, 2015, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced that all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. may now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). The funding is to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. The Farm Service Agency will administer BIP.
Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they have introduced a bill to improve the health and economies of border communities and strengthen national security. The Border Health Security Act of 2015 would strengthen binational collaboration to address border health issues, and establish grant programs to improve public health infrastructure and infectious disease monitoring.
Colder May weather slowed the appearance of rattlesnakes this year, but rattlers are beginning to come out in search for food as summer approaches. According to a report from KRWG-TV, rattlesnake bites remain low, but experts are urging caution when hiking on mountain trails or by waterways. Rattlesnakes hide under bushes, rocks and trees. They are more active in the early morning hourse and at night.
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is working to help New Mexico ranchers develop and expand the markets they sell their cattle and other livestock into – especially Mexico and other Latin American countries.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is cosponsoring the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill to dramatically change the way Congressional elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and special interests.