Friday News Roundup: NM Attorney General Hosts School Safety Summit

Sep 27, 2013

Disaster declaration for NM's Santa Clara Pueblo  -Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for New Mexico's Santa Clara Pueblo.

Friday's move frees up federal aid to supplement the tribe's efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding in July.

The disaster declaration provides federal assistance for restoration, debris removal and cleanup.

It isn't immediately clear how much money the northern New Mexico tribe will be getting from the federal government.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the tribe and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

NM Attorney General Hosts School Safety Summit - Associated Press

Attorney General Gary King is hosting a summit for educators, parents, government officials, law enforcement and others to explore how to improve the safety of New Mexico's schools.

King said the summit is scheduled in Albuquerque on Oct. 24, and there's no charge to attend.

There will be presentations by school safety specialists, and sessions to discuss topics such as school emergency plans, student mental health, bullying and youth gun violence.

The summit is to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites.

People wishing to attend the event can register in advance online at the attorney general's web site or at the hotel on the day of the summit.

WWII Bomb Vault Gets New Home At Carlsbad Park - Associated Press and The Carlsbad Current-Argus

A bomb vault used during World War II at Carlsbad Army Airfield has a new home.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the 1943 vault was removed from Cavern City Air Terminal on Wednesday and placed at Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Park.

The vault was used to store the Norden Bombsight, which was top-secret during the war. It bares the names and hometowns of airmen and bombardiers who were stationed at the airfield and trained to drop bombs accurately on their targets using the bombsight.

Joe Epstein, Veterans Memorial Park committee chairman, said the project was funded by Intrepid Potash.

3rd Case Of The Plague This Year Reported In NM - Associated Press

The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the third human case of the plague this year.

They say it's a 52-year-old man from Santa Fe County and his home will undergo an environmental investigation.

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas.

It can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals including rodents, wildlife and pets.

The first two human plague cases in New Mexico this year were in 15-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl.

Authorities say both Torrance County residents have recovered.

There was one human plague case in New Mexico last year, two in 2011 and no cases in 2010.

In 2009, there were six cases of the plague and one person died.