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LAS CRUCES – U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted a roundtable discussion about the vital importance of creating green jobs, and investing in energy efficiency and energy conservation projects to grow the economy, lower costs for consumers, and effectively combat climate change. During the roundtable, Udall heard from local community leaders, educators, and small business owners, and discussed strategies to develop partnerships between federal, state, and local governments to conserve energy and prioritize energy efficiency projects.
Santa Fe County, NM - On March 20, 2019 at about 10:15 a.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 25 around mile post 277, near Santa Fe.
The initial investigation indicated that a Ford Expedition occupied by five individuals was traveling north on Interstate 25 towing a Dodge Pickup on a flatbed trailer. For reasons still under investigation the Expedition appears to have lost control, overcorrected and then rolled.
A middle row passenger in the Expedition, Zenaida Lopez (68) of Kansas City, KS was ejected and suffered fatal injuries, she was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver and other occupants of the Expedition were treated for varying types of injuries. One of whom remains in critical condition.
During the crash, the trailer became detached from the Expedition and impacted the front of a Mitsubishi. That driver was uninjured. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and seatbelts were not properly used. This crash is still under investigation with no additional information currently available.
Interstate 10 (Mile Post 133 to 164), Las Cruces, NM to Texas State Line
Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday March 25, 2019:
Las Cruces Barricade (Traffic Control) along with Apache Construction (Contractor) will continue with installation of guardrail along Interstate 10 in Dona Ana Co. Traffic will encounter lane drops at times with eastbound and westbound exits closed off to all traffic as needed. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm and is expected to be completed by June 2019.
Beginning Monday 3/25/2019 at 7:00 am, the I-25 ramp to I-10 westbound will be closed to traffic for placement of pavement and new guardrail. Traffic will have to detour to the University exit (MP 1) or Mesquite exit (MP 151) to access I-10 westbound. Advanced warning signage will be in place. Closures are scheduled to be lifted by 3/27/2019 if not sooner.
For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.
NM 188 “Valley Drive”, Las Cruces, NM
Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an updated alert as of Wednesday March 21, 2019:
AUI, Inc. (Contractor) is currently performing roadway reconstruction, utility replacements and lighting/signalization improvements on Valley Drive and Avenida de Mesilla. Currently the (2) active zones of construction are on Valley Drive from Picacho to Amador and on Avenida de Mesilla from Valley Drive to Hickory. The contractor will begin a seven (7) day work schedule with extended work hours in order to expedite the completion of the project to early 2020.
Valley Drive between Picacho and Amador, traffic is currently pushed into the southbound lanes as the northbound lanes are closed for construction. The anticipated closure of E Hadley is scheduled for April 1; this closure is estimated to last at least four weeks. Van Patten, Brownlee, McFee and Hayner will be closed intermittently at Valley for multiple utility installations. Valley Drive is reduced to one lane in each direction at Avenida de Mesilla.
Santa Fe – House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) issued the following statement regarding the Secretary of State’s decision denying the petition to overturn anti 2nd amendment law.
“The Secretary of State has a duty to the people of this state on matters regarding petitions. It is incredibly unfortunate that politics has played into this decision. I have heard from people all over the state, both Democrat and Republican, who are outraged by the passage and signing of Senate Bill 8. We are fully prepared to take the actions necessary, including legal action, in order to protect the Constitutional rights of all New Mexicans.”
Chaves County, NM- On March 20, 2019, NMSP Officer Ricky Romero (24) of Roswell, N.M., was arrested by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department and charged with violating various state laws.
In early March, 2019, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department opened a criminal investigation into Romero. NMSP has fully cooperated with the Chaves County investigation, and will continue to do so.
Immediately after learning of the investigation, New Mexico State Police launched an internal affairs investigation and Romero was placed on administrative leave. In addition to the criminal charges, he is facing discipline, including up to termination.
Police officers take an oath to uphold the law, and actions and behavior in violation of that oath and the public trust are intolerable. NMSP strives to ensure our personnel are accountable to the public we serve. This service must be done with the upmost integrity and honesty.
SANTA FE, N.M. (March 20, 2019) –Today, alongside tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico elected officials, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced his plans to introduce legislation establishing Bandelier National Park and Preserve.
"When I talk to people about what makes New Mexico so unique, it always comes back to our breathtaking scenery, our deep and complex history, and our unique cultures," said Heinrich. "Bandelier National Monument encapsulates each of these in unrivaled ways. That's why I am so proud to work with communities in northern New Mexico to introduce legislation to make Bandelier our nation's newest national park. I look forward to working with all New Mexicans to ensure Bandelier's cultural treasures in particular, and northern New Mexico's history and natural beauty as a whole, finally receive the recognition and protection they have long deserved."
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