June 24, 2016

Western wildfires still rage but some progress being madeLas Cruces Sun News

Damage assessments of active wildfire’s that's charred 28 square miles in central New Mexico are expected to start in the coming days. One of the focuses will be an area near the community of Chilili, where 24 homes and numerous other structures were destroyed. Cloud cover, high humidity and some rain have lessened fire activity in recent days. The blaze was nearly 70 percent contained. - - 6/24/2016

NMSU community continues to keep an eye on hawksLas Cruces Sun News

A pair of hawks protected by federal laws continue to draw attention at New Mexico State University. The Swainson’s hawks have built a nest in a tree near Rentfrow Gym, and some campus birdwatchers believe they may have recently welcomed some hatchlings. The birds are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  The Swainson's hawk is listed as a species of concern by five states including New Mexico. - - 6/24/2016