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June 18, 2014

"New Mexico sees year’s 1st Hantavirus death" – Santa Fe New Mexican

The New Mexico Department of Health announced that a 67-year-old woman from San Juan County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).  An environmental investigation will be conducted at the home of the patient to help reduce the risk to others. – 6/18/2014

June 17, 2014

"New Mexico wildfire rages through Native American reservation" – Reuters

A wind-whipped wildfire on the Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico raged for a fourth day on Monday, forcing the evacuation of sheep-herding residents in the Chuska mountains, officials said, but no injuries were reported.  The blaze, nicknamed the Assayii Lake Fire, has so far burned up more than 11,000 acres of land and remains uncontained despite the deployment of hundreds of firefighters and aerial sorties, said Jacey McCurtain, president of the Crystal Chapter on the Navajo Reservation. – 6/17/2014

June 10, 2014

"Audit: 1,000-plus NM vets await initial VA medical visits" – Las Cruces Sun News

More than 1,000 veterans have been waiting three months or more for initial medical appointments within the Veterans Affairs Department's health care system in New Mexico, according to the findings of an audit released Monday.  The wide-ranging audit covered hundreds of VA hospitals and clinics across the country, including the medical center in Albuquerque where officials previously said more than 3,000 patients were assigned to a doctor who didn't actually see them. – 5/10/2014

June 13, 2014

"Doña Ana County issues drought proclamation, firework restrictions" – Las Cruces Sun News

The Doña Ana County Commission has issued a 30-day proclamation declaring an extreme drought and firework restrictions. The county has banned the use of all fireworks in areas partially or completely covered by timber, brush or native grass. Permissible fireworks can only be discharged in areas that are paved, barren or have readily accessible water sources. – 6/13/2014


"Adios, Kit Carson" – Albuquerque Journal

Taos Town Council has voted to change the name of Kit Carson Park over concerns by critics that the famed scout and explorer was cruel to American Indians.  Council passed a resolution Tuesday to rename the downtown park Red Willow following a presentation from activists. – 6/12/2014

June 5, 2014

Chester Nez, the last of ‘Original 29′ Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 93” -- Albuquerque Journal

Chester Nez, the last of the “Original 29″ Navajo Code Talkers who developed and implemented a top secret code that confounded the Japanese in World War II, died Wednesday at his home on Albuquerque’s West Side. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly on Wednesday issued a proclamation directing all flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in Nez’s honor from sunrise today until sunset Sunday. -- June 5, 2014