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Morning Word: Monsoons Remain Active

August 9, 2016, 7:20 am
Afternoon Thunderstorms Continue to Hit State
The summer monsoons will remain active over much of New Mexico this week with the assistance of a tropical storm off the Mexican coast. Meanwhile, the Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management declared a state of emergency for communities impacted by recent heavy rain that caused destructive flooding on the reservation.

Big Power Outage Impacted Businesses and Hospitals
Officials at the Public Service Company of New Mexico say Sunday night’s lightning-caused power outage is the worst one here in 15 years. Staci Matlock reports it shut down 81 substations and left 128,647 customers in the dark. KOAT shows how the power impacted hospitals and businesses.

Balderas Backs Data Center
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's backing plans for Facebook’s $250 million data center in Los Lunas. Members of the state’s congressional delegation have already endorsed the project. 

Border Politics Impact Lives
People along living near the US-Mexico Border, Lauren Villigran reports, “have grown accustomed to the constant patrols by border agents, the whirr of a Customs and Border Protection helicopter overhead, the night chases down their streets, young migrant men in handcuffs on a desert corner.” It’s an interesting read about people living and working in the near Sunland Park and the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez.

Public Won’t Vote on Rapid Transit Project
Albuquerque voters won’t get to weigh in on the controversial new rapid transit system after all. The City Council’s Government and Operations Committee voted 2-2 on the proposal, which would have sent the project to a public vote, but the tie essentially killed the measure. If it had passed, construction on the project would have been halted until after the election in November.

Carlsbad Man Coaches Olympian
Patrick Pyle, a former Carlsbad High School Cavemen sprinter, hurdler and high jumper, is coaching US Track and Field high jumper Inika McPherson at the Olympics this month in Rio de Janeiro.

Objects of Art
Artwork from comedian Garry Shandling’s estate will be auctioned off in Santa Fe later this month. Shandling, who died earlier this year, collected many of the pieces during frequent vacations to Northern New Mexico.

Ladybugs Trek to Mountains
It turns out that tourists aren’t the only ones flocking to Sandia Mountains this summer. A ton of ladybugs are there, apparently in hot pursuit of aphids.

 

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