April 22, 2015

State’s job growth sees signs of slowdown amid lower gas prices -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The headwinds have officially started to blow against New Mexico’s economic growth.

Though the state is still seeing a surge in job growth over the past year, that is now muted by a slowdown during the most recent months in oil-patch-related sectors, according to data released Tuesday by the New Mexico Department of Worforce Solutions.



Border Patrol agents intercept smugglers in El Paso region– Las Cruces Sun News

The U.S. Border Patrol arrested two men and seized 121 pounds of marijuana after stopping a smuggling attempt Sunday in Fabens, officials said.

When agents arrived, two of the men escaped back into Mexico, officials said. Agents found the other men hiding with the marijuana in a dry canal. The men arrested were identified as Jorge Vera Luke, 29, and Adrian Moreno Garcia, 22, both of Mexico.

In separate cases, a convicted sex offender was among seven undocumented Mexican immigrants arrested Saturday by Border Patrol agents on horseback near Deming. Officials said that Andres Reyes Granados, 47, had been convicted in California of lewd or lascivious acts with a child. -- 4/22/2015


Las Crucens cope with Blue Bell ice cream recall– Las Cruces Sun News

Las Crucen Patti Dean was already planning to clean out her family's refrigerator and freezer. It became a bigger priority for Dean when she learned Tuesday that Blue Bell brand products — primarily ice cream and other frozen snacks — had been recalled.

As of Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 10 people, in four states, have shown symptoms related to listeria and Blue Bell products. Kenny Vigil, spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said Tuesday no cases linked to listeria had been reported so far in New Mexico. -- 4/22/2015