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DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols set for March

—Julian Gonzales, Chief of Police, Bernalillo

The Bernalillo Police Department will be conducting DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols in and around the Town of Bernalillo during the month of March, specifically March 14 through March 19, 2012. Please don’t drink and drive.

Authorities meet ahead of wildland fire season

—Nick Piatek, NMDHS

Over thirty state, local, tribal and federal entities met on February 15 to prepare for the upcoming wildland fire season. The meeting, co-hosted by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), and New Mexico State Forestry, brought together firefighters, emergency managers, law enforcement, National Guard, the National Weather Service, private entities, and state agencies to discuss strategies, plans, and best practices.

“Wildfires can affect a lot more than just wildland. Whether it is large evacuations, sheltering, ensuring public health, addressing transportation concerns, the environment, livestock, or the agriculture industry, our goal is to be prepared,” said Acting DHSEM Secretary Greg Myers. The State of New Mexico experienced one of the most active wildland fire seasons on record in fiscal year 2011. Eight-hundred and sixty-one fires burned 596,856 acres of state and private land, costing the state approximately $22 million.

“Based on early indications, we believe there is potential for 2012 to be yet another very busy fire season across much of the state,” said New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin. “We urge all state residents and visitors to do their part in preventing and preparing for wildfires. Should evacuations because of wildfire become necessary, remember the “Five Ps” (People, important Papers, Prescriptions, family Pictures, and Pets).

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