Officials say severe weather and large hail has caused multiple car wrecks in northern New Mexico. The National Weather Service says the hail struck Las Vegas on Thursday and snarled traffic along Interstate 25. Meanwhile, eastern New Mexico remained under a "slight risk" for severe storms thanks to a storm system that brought "quarter-size" hail and damaging 60 mph winds. In addition, the Sangre de Cristo, Sandia and Manzano mountain chains in central New Mexico are expected to experience scattered thunderstorms.
Five major New Mexico philanthropic organizations are thinking about formalizing their collaborations with the possibility of a merger in the future. The Santa Fe Community Foundation’s C-E-O, Brian Byrnes says the foundations are already working together, pointing to the recent “Give Grande New Mexico” single-day fund-raising campaign that demonstrates how much can be accomplished. *****051914-Byrnes-3 (q:each other’s strengths) :25***** Byrnes says we can expect recommendations for the foundations’ future course by the end of the year.
Governor Susana Martinez’s high regard in the Republican Party—she’s been identified as a potential Vice-Presidential candidate—is reflected in the news that two GOP stars will be campaigning on her behalf in the near future. Martinez’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Artesia and Carlsbad on May 29th in support of Martinez. And the New Mexico Telegram political blog reports that former Vice-President Dick Cheney will stump for Martinez in Las Cruces on June 14th.
New Mexico environmental groups, including the Sierra Club of the Rio Grande, plan a rally tomorrow morning in Albuquerque at the scene of the annual meeting of the Public Service Company of New Mexico shareholders. Sierra Club spokeswoman Camilla Fiebelman wants the shareholders to consider alternative energy sources when deciding how to replace the energy lost when PNM mothballs two coal-burning plants in the Four Corners. *****051414-Fiebelman-3 (q: as an alternative) :26***** PNM is New Mexico’s largest public utility.
Santa Fe police are seeking the public’s help to locate a 32-year-old woman who may require “immediate medical attention.” Police say relatives of Sarah Averill last saw her May fifth and that the woman has “urgent medical conditions which require medication.” The family reported Averill missing on May 10. Family members told police they believe that she is in “immediate danger,” and that she may still be in the city. Police have asked that anyone with information about Averill or her whereabouts call Sgt. Michele Williams at 955-5227.
In the Gila National Forest, a 27-hundred-acre fire near Silver City has grown rapidly and has forced some evacuations. It’s called the Signal Fire, and a Forest Service spokeswoman says that structures are threatened, and some ranches, a campground and a lookout were evacuated Sunday afternoon about 15 miles north of Silver City. 100 firefighters, three air tankers and four helicopters are battling the blaze. A cause hasn't been determined. Additional firefighters and resources are expected to join the battle against the Signal Fire today.