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Sep 8, 2019

 

  • ILLEGAL DUMPING-APP

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico county is hoping to fight illegal trash dumping with a new mobile app.The Farmington Daily Times reports San Juan County recently released the Clean Up San Juan app through the Apple App and Google Play stores and is asking residents to use it to report illegal dumping.The app allows residents to report illegal trash dump sites by uploading GPS coordinates and photos of sites to county officials.Before the app, county officials had to rely on word of mouth to find the illegal dump sites, and sometimes vague directions to sites.Officials say San Juan County crews have cleaned up about 35 tons of trash at illegal dump sites on public lands since November. 

  • ALBUQUERQUE-MAYOR

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller is proposing a package of six infrastructure projects that he says will help grow the city's tourism and convention industries.Keller's announcement of the $28 million package submitted Friday to the City Council says it would be funded by proceeds from refinancing existing bonds and not increased taxes.The package includes facilities for softball, soccer, track, baseball tournaments and the convention center.The projects include replacing the city's 16-year-old indoor track, constructing a multi-use soccer facility and rebuilding, upgrading and expanding other sports facilities.Other projects include upgrading the convention center, connecting downtown and the convention center with a new multi-use trail and preserving open space for Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta landings.

  • RACING CHAPLAIN

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico chaplain has been working for years to calm the nerves of competitive jockeys and often asks prayers for racing horses.The Carlsbad Current Argus reports Chaplain Darrell Winter has offered his services at the Ruidoso Down Racetrack in Ruidoso for nearly 20 years and believes his role gives needed spiritual relief amid pressures of big purses.The 66-year-old Winter offers prayers to jockeys in the sauna and barns before races. He assists anyone visiting his racetrack chapel.A Southern Baptist preacher, Winter is ordained by both the North American Mission Board and Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.Winter says he knows the importance of being in the right state of mind before racing a half-ton or heavier animal.

  • COUNTRY SINGER-DEADLY CRASH

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say country singer Kylie Rae Harris caused a three-vehicle crash in northern New Mexico that left her and a 16-year-old girl dead.Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told the Taos News that investigators believe Harris caused Wednesday's crash and that speed appeared to be a contributing factor when she clipped the back of another vehicle, sending her into oncoming traffic. She then crashed head-on into an SUV driven by Maria Elena Cruz.The Taos High School student died at the scene. The responding emergency crew included her father, Pedro Cruz, the deputy chief of the San Cristobal Volunteer Fire Department.The community is holding a fundraising dinner to help the Cruz family.Harris , a 30-year-old single mom, was in Taos to perform at an annual music festival.

  • TRINITY SITE-OPEN HOUSE

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico has scheduled an Oct. 5 open house at Trinity Site, the second of two such events planned this year.Trinity Site is where the world's first atomic bomb was detonated July 16, 1945.Range officials said the open house is free and that no reservations are required. Entry will be allowed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.Visitors can walk to ground zero where a small obelisk marks the spot where the bomb was detonated. Historical photos are mounted on the fence surrounding the area.Visitors can also ride a shuttle bus to travel the 2 miles (3 kilometers) from ground zero to ranch houses where scientists assembled the bomb's plutonium core.