Representatives of the National Drought Mitigation Center, National Integrated Drought Information System, New Mexico State University, and state and federal agencies will discuss the Spring/Summer 2013 drought and wildfire outlooks for New Mexico, with an emphasis on livestock production during drought. The workshop includes an interactive session on drought plan development for working ranches.
By Nancy Newberry
Do we live in a food desert? According to the USDA’s August 2012 Economic Research Report 140, we do. Food deserts feature a “large proportion of households with low incomes, inadequate access to transportation, and a limited number of food retailers providing fresh produce and healthy groceries for affordable prices” (p. 1). A food desert can be urban, where a large housing complex only has a convenience store within walking distance and no public transit; or it can be rural, where the benchmark is that over 500 low income people live more than 10 miles from a full-service grocery store (p. 5).
For two Saturdays this spring the City of Socorro has joined forces with the Ark of Socorro and Socorro Animal Haven veterinarians to host vaccination clinics. The City of Socorro will be funding no-cost city dog and cat license tags as well as free one or three year rabies vaccinations. Bring your pet’s records of past rabies vaccinations in order to receive the three year vaccination.
By Jon Spargo
New Mexico Tech Astronomy Club
This month we are offered an amazing trio of planets in the early evening sky. As the month progresses, Jupiter begins sinking toward the western horizon while Venus slowly begins to climb in the western evening sky. Beginning around mid-month, Mercury joins in on the fun as it rises above the western horizon. On the 19th, the three bright planets form a line less than 13 degrees long. Mercury is about 3 degrees above the horizon about a half hour after sunset (you may need binoculars to see it) with Venus about 4 degrees higher and to the left and Jupiter about 9 degrees higher and to the left of Venus.