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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The Taos Town Council has rescinded its earlier decision to rename Kit Carson Memorial Park to Red Willow Park.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


July 3, 2014

"New Mexico residents angry over housing immigrants" – Santa Fe New Mexican

A federal facility in Artesia that is currently housing immigrant families from Central America who are in the United States illegally is causing controversy in the area.  Residents crowded a town hall meeting Tuesday to express anger at the opening of the temporary detention center.  The federal facility was chosen by the Department of Homeland Security because it is “a more appropriate environment for the care and custody of adults with children and is cost-effective.” – 7/2/2014

July 1, 2014

"Diego Fire grows in Santa Fe National Forest" – Santa Fe New Mexican

A lighting-caused fire in the Santa Fe National Forest’s Coyote Ranger District grew to over 1,000 acres as of Monday afternoon.  The Diego Fire was first detected on June 25.  Donna Nemeth, public information officer for the Santa Fe National Forest, said the fire covered an area of about 100 acres before a 30-acre spot fire sprung up Sunday morning. The latter burned its way into the main fire, expanding the conflagration.


"Sheriff's deputies enforcing 100 Days and Nights of Summer" – Las Cruces Sun News

Doña Ana County sheriff's deputies will join 65 other agencies throughout New Mexico in the annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer public safety campaign beginning Tuesday.  The initiative, grant-funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division, provides overtime pay for saturation patrols, checkpoints and added enforcement during a 100-day period from July through September. – 6/30/2014