June 3, 2015

Chains scramble as egg costs rise nationwide and in Las CrucesLas Cruces Sun News

The devastating bird flu that has wiped out flocks in the Midwest has come home to roost for some local restaurants that now must deal with a nationwide egg shortage and skyrocketing prices.

Avian influenza virus exists in various strains, and causes illness in domestic poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, guinea fowl and different varieties of other birds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As of December 2014, about 45 million birds in 15 states have been casualties of the virus, the USDA reports. - - 6/3/2015


Wildfire burning near Silver City continues to growLas Cruces Sun News

A wildfire burning near Silver City in southwestern New Mexico remains relatively small but continues to grow. According to BLM’s New Mexico Fire Information, the fire has consumed 65 acres. That's up from eight acres as of Monday. The fire is located in the Treasure Mountain area approximately six miles northwest of Silver City on federal Bureau of Land Management land. - - 6/3/2015


Official: New Mexico water debate to be shaped by transfersLas Cruces Sun-News

Drought has eased its grip on New Mexico, but the arid state still will be faced with having to weigh proposals that call for transferring water across basins to where it's needed most, a top water official said Monday.

State Engineer Tom Blaine told members of a legislative committee focused on water and natural resources that inter-basin transfers are going to become a hot topic.

He pointed to a plan to pipe billions of gallons of drinking water from rural western New Mexico to more populated areas.

The Augustin Plains Ranch application was first rejected more than two years ago after the previous state engineer determined the proposal was vague and its effects could not be reasonably evaluated. It was one of the most contested filings in the history of the state engineer's office. – 6/1/2015