Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The National Weather Service of El Paso has issued a flood watch for southwestern New Mexico. Abundant tropical moisture is moved into the area, leading to an increased chance of flash flooding today and tonight. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with isolated higher amounts will be possible over the next 24 hours as the moisture moves through the area. The moisture will move out of the region by late Tuesday Morning, but we will continue to see a threat for thunderstorms through Wednesday.
Progress is being made toward securing additional water from the Gila River for Southwest New Mexico. The Arizona Water Settlement Act (AWSA), is a Federal Statute that offsets an inequity of the 1968 adjudication of New Mexico’s water rights on the Gila River. Currently, Arizona owns 96% of the Gila River water flow. The AWSA agreed that New Mexico is entitled to a maximum of 14,000 acre feet of additional water in the four county region of southwest New Mexico.
The Highway 90 Bridge Reconstruction is expected to see some obvious changes beginning tomorrow when the first 96-foot long and 108-foot long girders begin to arrive. Girders for the bridge will continue to arrive through October 2nd, and large cranes will maneuver them into place atop the piers.
WNMU Mustangs reclaimed the Warrior trophy in an exciting rivalry football game on Saturday. The Western New Mexico University football team made a couple of key plays to pull out the 38-37 victory over New Mexico Highlands University on Saturday at Altamirano Field to reclaim the Warrior Helmet trophy. Moore and Kirt Terry-Springs had big games for the Cowboys with Moore throwing for 365 yards and four scores, while Terry-Springs caught 11 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Dominique Bierria added seven receptions for 97 yards and three scores.
The WNMU Mustang Volleyball team kept their winning momentum going Saturday night in their defeat of Western State Colorado. The three-set wins were 25-20, 28-26, and 25-20. The Lady Mustangs will play against their in=state rival New Mexico Highlands tomorrow at 5 pm.
WNMU Cross Country competed in the Aztec Invitational on Friday. The men came in 6th, and the women placed 12th. WNMU will return to action on Oct. 3 when they will run at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.