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WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the selection of 15 priority areas to help address the more than $300 million trail maintenance backlog on national forests and grasslands.
Focused trail work in these areas, bolstered by partners and volunteers, is expected to help address needed infrastructure work so that trails managed by USDA Forest Service can be accessed and safely enjoyed by a wide variety of trails enthusiasts. About 25 percent of agency trails fit those standards while the condition of other trails lag behind.
Washington, D.C. (February 16, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Senate yesterday failed to pass immigration reform legislation along with a solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients:
SANTA FE —The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that although flu activity remains widespread across the state, it appears activity overall in New Mexico has peaked and will likely continue to gradually decrease for the remainder of the season which is expected to be several more weeks.
Precipitation & Temperature: January was warm and dry across the Southwest. Precipitation was average to below average in most of Arizona, and below average to much-below average in New Mexico (Fig. 1a). Temperatures were much-above average to record warmest in Arizona, and ranged from near average to much-above average in New Mexico (Fig. 1b). Looking to the water year (Oct. 1-present), much of Arizona and New Mexico have been recording below-normal precipitation (Fig. 2) and above-average temperatures (Fig. 3) for the period.
Snowpack & Water Supply: Snowpack and snow water equivalent (SWE) are below average across the Southwest (Fig. 4), with most stations in Arizona and New Mexico having recorded less than 25 percent of normal, until recent storms in mid-February boosted SWE in central Arizona. La Niña typically brings warmer and drier conditions to the Southwest in winter, so these patterns are not unexpected, but they do raise concerns about drought impacts on water resource management, reservoir storage levels, rangeland and agricultural conditions, and wildfire risk.
Santa Fe - The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund grants for scrap tire management, illegal dumping abatement, and recycling projects. Municipalities, counties, solid waste authorities, cooperative associations (as defined in the RAID Act), land grant communities, pueblos, tribes, and nations are eligible for funds totaling $900,000. Two-thirds of the fund is available for scrap tire projects, and one-third is available for other projects. Ineligible entities are encouraged to partner with eligible entities, and no matching funds or in-kind contributions are required.
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.:
“Jill and I join the entire nation in grieving for the victims of this horrific mass shooting. We extend our deepest gratitude to the first responders and to all of the brave individuals who put their own safety on the line to save others. And while our condolences mean so little in the face of such unspeakable tragedy and sorrow, we offer our unconditional support and love to the friends and families of those who were senselessly murdered yesterday, and to those injured who are facing down a long road to recovery.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:
"Heartbreaking scenes like those that unfolded in Parkland, Florida should never happen. Yet, this nightmare of mass atrocity and incomprehensible acts of violence persists unfettered. We need to wake up from this nightmare. It is clear that we have an epidemic of gun violence in this country that has touched far too many of us. Our communities are weary from violence and grief, and deserve urgent, meaningful action from Congress.
"I refuse to stand by and let this pass with just another moment of silence. Despite the odds, I will continue to fight for a legislative response to keep guns out of the hands of those that would turn them against our communities."
DEMING – Anything can happen when hauling livestock, including a trailer rollover. Law enforcement and emergency response personnel need to be ready to safely rescue animals that might be trapped in the trailer.
The Cooperative Extension Service in New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center are hosting a workshop to train emergency response personnel on how to handle large animals in vehicle and trailer traffic accidents.
The Luna County Large Animal Rescue Workshop will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Southwest New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd. in Deming.
"As a county we need to practice together in case we have a livestock emergency here in Luna County," said Jack Blandford, program director and agricultural agent at the Luna County Cooperative Extension Service. "With Interstate 10 running through our county we need the experience of working together to make sure our response is quick and effective."
Blandford said his goal is to keep the training county-based, open to Luna County emergency responders and law enforcement.
The free event will begin at 9 a.m. During the morning NMSU Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agents Blandford, Sid Gordon (Otero County) and John Allen (Socorro County) will discuss handling horses and techniques to remove them from trailers and other hazards. After lunch they will discuss handling cattle.
Deadline to register is Feb. 20. Register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu. For additional information call the Luna County Extension Office at 575-546-8806.
The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.
The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.
The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
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