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July 16, 2014

"New Mexico's population growing older" – Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexicans over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population so far this decade, according to the Census Bureau.  Those over 65 increased by 12 percent from 2010 to 2013, compared with a national increase of 10 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates released last month. – 7/15/2014


July 15, 2014

"40 immigrants deported from New Mexico" – Las Cruces Sun-News

Officials say around 40 or so Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico have been deported.  “Our border is not open to illegal migration and we will send recent illegal migrants back,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. “We expect additional migrants will be returned to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in the coming days and weeks.” – 7/14/2014


July 11, 2014

"Homeland secretary to visit New Mexico immigrant holding site" – Santa Fe New Mexican

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit a temporary immigration detention center in southeastern New Mexico on Friday and meet with officials in Texas about the ongoing humanitarian immigrant crisis, the department said Thursday.  During his visit, officials said, Johnson will tour the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, then meet with officials in Weslaco, Texas, about the surge of Central American immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. – 7/10/2014

July 10, 2014

"World's Largest Folk Art Market Opens in Santa Fe" – abc News

Santa Fe's famed summer market season opens this weekend with the International Folk Market, the world's largest folk art market and one dedicated to helping artisans from impoverished nations start their own businesses.


"El Paso health officials urge residents to take precautions against West Nile " – El Paso Times

One person who has not been identified in Travis County was the first confirmed case this year of the West Nile virus, Texas Department of State Health Services officials announced in a statement July 3.  After the recent rainfall in the El Paso area and the first West Nile-related case this year in Texas, health officials are urging El Pasoans to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. – 7/9/2014

July 9, 2014

"Taos park again named for Kit Carson, for now" – Santa Fe New Mexican

The Taos Town Council has rescinded its earlier decision to rename Kit Carson Memorial Park to Red Willow Park.  Council members voted 3-1 to rescind the downtown park’s new name of Red Willow and to form a community group that will explore alternative names.  But for now at least, the park again is officially named for the noted frontiersman.


"New Mexico among leading oil producing states" – Las Cruces Sun-News

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report on Tuesday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the next largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year. 7/8/2014

July 8, 2014

"Tourist visits to New Mexico hit record high" – Albuquerque Business First

Spending by visitors to New Mexico increased by 7 percent in 2013 and overall tourism increased, according to data released Monday by the governor’s office.  The new figures for 2013 show that the state’s leisure and hospitality industry created 1,700 new jobs.  A record 32.2 million people traveled to the state last year, according to the data. 7/7/2014

July 7, 2014

"New Mexico leads nation in alcohol-related deaths" – Santa Fe New Mexican

A study released June 26 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, titled “Contribution of Excessive Alcohol Consumption to Death and Years of Potential Life Lost in the United States,” paints a grim national picture in which New Mexico stands out as a state in unparalleled crisis.  “New Mexico has very much struggled with alcohol,” said Laura Tomedi, an alcohol epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health.  “We’ve led the nation since 1997.  We have the highest alcohol-related death rate, and we lead the pack by a pretty fair margin.” – 7/6/2014