Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of Southwest New Mexico this week. The moisture associated with Hurricane Odile is spreading quickly, and will help create numerous showers and thunderstorms at least through tomorrow evening. The threat for heavy rains may lesson by Wednesday evening, but could increase again for Thursday and Friday as the actual remnants of Odile move across the area. The Flash Flood Watch is for Grant, Hidalgo, Dona Ana, Sierra and Luna Counties.
Monday morning, Law enforcement spotted Adam Martinez, one of two prisoners who escaped Grant County Detention Center last Thursday. Martinez was pursued by several law enforcement agencies, but after turning down an arroyo on a blue four-wheeler, he once again eluded Silver City Police, Grant County Sheriffs, Bayard Police, US Marshalls, and New Mexico State Police. The pursuit began on Gold Street near the city yard. Sheriff Raul Villanueva advises the public to remain on the lookout for Martinez and the second escapee – Tyler Cole. Both men are considered dangerous.
The International Student Exchange Program is currently seeking host families for boys and girls from all over the world. ASSE is a nonprofit public benefit organization founded by the Swedish Ministry of Education. The students are 15-18 years of age currently waiting to come to the United States for either a semester of school or the full academic year. These kids all speak English and are excited to learning about our country by living with and being part of a host family. At the same time they want to share their culture and language with you. These students are well screened, fully insured, and have their own spending money. They will expect to be included in family activities including household responsibilities. For more information about being a host family contact Lynn Janes. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-590-0308. You may also contact ASSE directly at 1-800-733-2773 or their website – host.asse.com.
The New Mexico Department of Health recently announced that New Mexico healthcare facilities are meeting several national healthcare-associated infection prevention goals. Many healthcare-associated infections are preventable through proven practices. New Mexico continues its initiative to monitor and prevent healthcare-associated infections and to share findings with the public. Findings from 2013 revealed fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections than predicted nationally. This improvement met the national prevention target for 2013. Additionally, the healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rate during the 2013-2014 influenza season was 77.5 percent among 27 New Mexico inpatient healthcare facilities that submitted vaccination data to the Department.