Local Roundup: Man flips vehicle

CNJ staff

A 24-year-old Albuquerque man was arrested Saturday morning on several traffic violation and child endangerment charges after a one-vehicle accident on Grand Avenue.

Abelino Alcantara was driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on Grand Avenue around midnight Friday when he lost control of the vehicle, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The white 2000 Ford Mustang spun around and flipped end-over-end and came to a stop on the west wall of the Roy Walker Recreation Center, Whitney said.

He was clocked traveling about 86 mph., Whitney said.

Alcantara and his 16-year-old passenger were taken to the Plains Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries, Whitney said.

Alcantara is charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license without insurance and registration and altering license plates.

He is being held at the Curry County Detention Center on a $13,700 bond.

Part of bovine TB funds released
WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Agriculture released $570,000 — one-fourth of the $2.28 million designated specifically for New Mexico’s bovine TB prevention and eradication program, according to a press release issued Monday from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

The remaining funds are expected to be released later this year.

Last summer, a number of dairy cattle in Curry County tested positive for TB. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bingaman urged the agency to provide federal funding to the New Mexico Livestock Board to cover costs associated with the necessary monitoring and testing associated with managing the outbreak.

Some of that funding was used to reimburse the dairy owner for the cost of destroying the affected herd, which was a required step in order for New Mexico to retain its TB free status, the release said.

NMSU establishes Domenici Legacy
New Mexico State University has established the Pete V. Domenici Legacy — a multifaceted effort to honor the senator’s impact on public policy and his contributions during his historic tenure in the U.S. Senate.

The Albuquerque Republic-an served in the Senate since 1973, the longest tenure in state history. He is not seeking re-election for health reasons.

Pete V. Domenici Legacy activities will include housing Domenici archives at the NMSU Library; the Domenici Legacy on Public Policy Conference to be held Aug. 21-22; the construction of a building and garden on campus and the formation of the Domenici Institute for Public Policy.

The university also plans to commission a book chronicling Domenici’s time in the Senate.

Blake Curtis of Clovis was named to the Domenici Legacy Committee to help steer the project’s various components.

Habitat holding town meeting
Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties will hold a Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Memorial Building.

The public is invited to learn more about the mission of Habitat, how to apply for a house and about opportunities for volunteering.

Information: (575) 359-1344 or www.habitatrcc.com