NM Drought Blamed For More Animal Car Accidents

Jun 20, 2013

State officials say New Mexico's extreme drought is causing a higher number of car accidents involving animals looking for water.

KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/122d1L6) that New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers believe the drought is forcing wildfire to take desperate measures by crossing roads for food and water resulting in more accidents.

In Albuquerque's East Mountains, for example, motorists have struck a bear and two deer in just two days.

NM Governor To Tour Burn Recovery Area

Jun 20, 2013

Gov. Susana Martinez is scheduled to tour a wildfire burn recovery area in New Mexico's Lincoln County on Thursday.

The tour will cover areas affected by last year's Little Bear fire including Bonito Lake and Philadelphia Canyon, the site of several home losses.

After the tour, Martinez will receive a detailed briefing and discuss continued recovery efforts in the county as well as state plans for future recovery efforts in other areas of the state with fires still burning.

NM Gov Still Mum On Husband's La. Hunting Trip

Jun 20, 2013

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says there are no receipts for lodging and food expenses related to a 2011 Louisiana alligator-hunting trip by Martinez's husband, Chuck Franco, and two New Mexico State Police officers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/16iLbKS) that a governor's spokesman said Wednesday that the state's gentleman and the officers assigned to guard him were "privately hosted, and security stayed where the first gentleman stayed and meals were included."

As Fires Rage, Feds Cut Funding On Prevention

Jun 20, 2013

The federal government is spending less and less on preventing wildfires even as the nation endures increasingly destructive blazes.

The Obama administration is proposing a 31 percent cut to the main program that clears brush and overgrown trees to prevent forest fires. That program is already funded at lower levels than 11 years ago. Automatic budget cuts that kicked in in March have made the gap worse. As a result, the Forest Service treated 1 million fewer acres this year than last and expects to treat far fewer next year.