The carson national forest is under new fire restrictions as of yesterday, as crews battle brush fires in southern new mexico along the texas line. The fires are mostly in a rural area of dona ana county near sunland park and santa teresa... the fire fire was reported late monday afternoon on a river levee near a school, and high winds made the fire spread. There have been no reports of any injuries, although several firefighters in texas were treated for smoke inhalation. Some structures have burned from the fires, including one home. No word yet on a cause of that fire. Meanwhile, crews also have been fighting a fire in grant county just south of silver city.
Big bucks for the new mexico state land office... the office collected more than 45-million-dollars in revenue last month - for beneficiaries of hte state land trust... more than 41-million-dollars of that went to support public schools... more than 2-million went to special schools... and more than 418-thousand-dollars went to state colleges and universities. Hospitals got a piece of the pie, and so did other public buildings. The land office is responsible for managing state trust lands, to generate money for 22 beneficiaries and taking care of the lands.
Victims of the EF-5 tornado that hit moore, oklahoma... are getting help from new mexico. New mexico's disaster medical alert team is responding to the scene of that tornado... a 26-member team is joining a 46-member team from new mexico, colorado, and texas... the new mexico disaster medical alert team is based at UNM's center for disaster medicine in albuquerque. Also... red cross teams from new mexico are helping in oklahoma, as well... doing things like delivering meals, and helping those who are dealing with loss.
Fire crews are making progress in their efforts to contain the piedra fire that has been burning in the sandia mountains... the fire is burning in a remote area, and no structures are in danger. the fire has burned about 50 acres and is about 60-percent contained... two firefighters were said to have suffered minor injuries.
Hospitals across the country use a lot of products to keep hospitals clean... and yet still... hospital officials say 1 in 20 patients get a hospital-spread infection, and some of those are from hard-to-treat superbugs. the growing threat of the superbugs has hospitals doing new things, like using robot-like machines to wipe out the germs... but there's no good evidence that that tactic works.
Four people are recovering from injuries they received - when they were stabbed at an Albuquerque church on sunday. It happened near the end of mass at saint jude thaddeus parish in northwest albuquerque... 24-year-old Lawrence Capener reportedly jumped over several pews and rushed across the altar toward a group in the choir... Capener reportedly stabbed the church choir director, a flutist, and two other parishioners. All of the people who were injured are expected to survive. An off-duty police officer and several others subdued the attacker until police arrived. No word on what prompted the attack.