Wildfire Season Off to Bad Start
New Mexico’s wildfire season is off to an early, nasty start. Last year, by this time, about 50 wildfires had broken, according to New Mexico state forestry. So far this year, that number has doubled. The same goes for the number of acres burned. Last year, by this time, we were at about 7,600. That number has increased by 500 percent as of right now. Recent dry, warm and windy conditions are to blame.
Teen Accused of Burning Down Home
A 14-year-old Roswell girl is facing arson charges after police say she set fire to her family’s home. Investigators say it happened Wednesday after the girl and her step-mom got into an argument about the girl not going to school. Police say a bottle of lighter fluid was found in the backyard and the girl was seen running from the home. A man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The home is a total loss.
Not Much Improvement in Unemployment
New Mexico’s unemployment is on a steady decline, but not by much. The department of workforce solution’s monthly report shows that unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in February. That’s down from 6.5 percent in January and down from 6.5 percent a year ago. The report shows non-farm payroll employment remained virtually stable, growing by 300 jobs between February of this year and last. Meanwhile, the decline in global oil prices continues to take a toll on New Mexico’s economy.