Thursday News Roundup: Board Adopts Changes For NM Police Academy

Sep 12, 2013

Board Adopts Changes For NM Police Academy - Associated Press

The board that oversees the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy has adopted a new curriculum that will mean trimming the academy to 16 weeks for basic police officer training.

It was a unanimous decision by the boarding during a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe to approve the new curriculum and trim six weeks from the current program.

Officials say the new academy will feature more dynamic training and less redundancy to create a more fluid learning environment for cadets. They say this will help agencies around the state get their officers trained and on the street in a more efficient manner.

The next basic training academy will begin in January. Classes are limited to 50 cadets.

Prescribed Burn Of Forest Planned Near Santa Fe - Associated Press

Federal officials plan a prescribed burn in a national forest near small towns in northern New Mexico that are along a scenic road popular with tourists.

The Santa Fe National Forest's Espanola Ranger District intends to burn 260 acres in the Borrego Mesa area to remove undergrowth and dead timber that could potentially fuel larger and more damaging wildfires.

The burn area is about two miles east of Cordova and three miles south of Truchas. The communities are on the "high road to Taos," a route through the mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.

The Forest Service said it will look for good weather conditions to do the burning between Sept. 18 and Oct. 4.

Officials said smoke may be seen in several communities, including Santa Fe, Tesuque and Penasco.

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Northern Arizona - Associated Press

Flooding caused by recent heavy rains is still causing problems for some northern Arizona communities.

Seventeen people were staying Wednesday at a Navajo Nation shelter that the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is supporting in Chinle.

Flooding caused by heavy rain Monday also is affecting residents in Many Farms and Rock Point.

Sixteen people evacuated from Many Farms are staying at a hotel in Chinle at the Navajo Nation's expense.

In Rock Point, five people are staying at a church after being evacuated and nine other families are awaiting evacuation.

The Grand Canyon Chapter is providing meals, snacks, bottled water and coffee as well as cots and blankets at the shelter in Chinle.

Floodwaters are receding, but school remains canceled due to heavy mud that continues to obstruct roadways.