Headlines: 5 Inches Of Rain In Guadalupe Mts, Community Paramedic Program...

Sep 8, 2014

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Eastern, Southern New Mexico See Ample Rain - The Associated Press

Parts of eastern and southern New Mexico avoided serious flooding this weekend but still received a pretty good soaking from heavy rains.

The National Weather Service said Sunday as much as 5 inches of rain has fallen since Thursday in the Guadalupe Mountains and in other parts of the region.

Meteorologists say between 2 and 4 inches of rain also fell in the last few days in Eddy County.

A flash flood watch was issued Friday and has since expired.

Officials say only minor flooding has been reported on some roads in Carlsbad.

Forecasters predict shower activity tapering off into the week.

The National Weather Service says the rain stems from remnants of a tropical storm system from the Gulf of Mexico.

New Mexico College To Train Community Paramedics - The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

A New Mexico community college is launching a program to get critical medical services into rural parts of the state.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Central New Mexico Community College is starting a Community Paramedic Program this fall semester.

Students who already have their paramedic licenses and have been working in the field for at least three years can enroll in the certificate program.

Students will take courses such as community health care and cultural competency… and complete a clinical rotation.

School officials say the goal is to expand the role of emergency medical services technicians to provide health care in areas where access to doctors and clinics is limited.

The first class of students is scheduled to graduate by the end of the next spring semester.

Sheriff's Group Wants New Mexico Law Changed - KOAT-TV, The Associated Press

The New Mexico Sheriff's Association is seeking to tightening eligibility rules for who can run for sheriff in the state.

Association Executive Director Jack Levick tells KOAT-TV that the organization wants legislation requiring that a candidate for sheriff have no felony convictions... and at least five years of law enforcement experience.

Levick says the group will urge lawmakers during next year's legislative session.

State law currently only requires a sheriff candidate to be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen.

Levick's announcement comes on the heels of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella’s indictment on civil rights charges. Rodella is accused of roughing up a motorist during an off-duty traffic stop in March.

Scott Baird, a Republican running for Bernalillo County sheriff, has three DWI convictions.

Aggie Games Will No Longer Be Dry For Fans - The Las Cruces Sun-News, The Associated Press

Fans can now sit back at an Aggie sports event with a cold beer or glass of wine.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports concessions at the Pan American Center began including alcoholic beverages this month, beginning with last week's New Mexico State University volleyball tournament.

NMSU officials recently announced that a liquor license was granted for the arena following years of debate.

Alcohol has mostly been sold exclusively at concerts and shows at the on-campus venue since 2002.

Officials say alcohol has not been available at Aggie games except for a test sale at NMSU men's basketball games during the 2006-2007 season.

School officials say they believe the change will be an improvement for the fan experience.

Critics say the sales could mean more intoxicated fans at games.

New Mexico Candidates To File Fundraising Reports - The Associated Press

Candidates for governor and other state offices are facing a deadline for disclosing their latest fundraising for the November general election.

Campaign finance reports must be filed Monday with the secretary of state's office.

Candidates will disclose fundraising and spending during the past two months. The reports will show how much money a candidate has available as the fall campaign season heats up.

The disclosures come a month before New Mexicans can start to cast ballots. Absentee voting begins Oct. 7 and early voting gets under way at more locations on Oct. 18.

In the governor's race, incumbent Republican Susana Martinez had cash-on-hand of $4.3 million dollars as of June 28, and Democratic challenger Gary King reported a cash balance of about $116,000 dollars.