The Associated Press
Rodeo team member killed
PORTALES, N.M. — An Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team member from northern New Mexico has died after being injured during practice when he was stepped on by a bull.
The university says 20-year-old bull rider Irvyng Urquijo died Tuesday night at a hospital in Portales. He was a sophomore animal and dairy science major from Springer.
Team coach Albert Flinn says Urquijo was injured earlier Tuesday evening when he was thrown from the bull and it stepped on him.
Eastern New Mexico President Steven Gamble says the university community shares the grief of Urquijo’s family and friends. He says counselors are reaching out to those needing support.
Chopper crashes on hospital roof
ALBUQUERQUE — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico’s only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury.
The male pilot was reported in satisfactory condition and the two crew members, a man and a woman, were under observation after the crash at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, authorities said. No further information was available on their conditions.
No patients were aboard the chopper when it went down during takeoff Wednesday.
Federal Aviation Administration investigators were beginning an investigation, agency spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
Though the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear, witnesses said they felt a gust of wind at about 5:45 p.m. and saw the PHI Air Medical helicopter wobble as it started to take off from the helipad atop the six-story building. It came to rest on its side, and the damaged tail section could be seen hanging over the edge of the roof.
PNM to offer efficiency rebates
New Mexico’s largest electric provider says it’s adding a number of rebates and services to help businesses and commercial building owners save on their electricity bills.
The aim is to reduce the initial cost of energy efficiency improvements and to shorten payback periods for investments in energy systems.
PNM officials say more than $3.7 million in incentives were paid to businesses throughout New Mexico in 2013. That could grow under the new Building Tune-up program.
The program is designed to improve the efficiency of commercial buildings of all sizes by bringing mechanical and electrical systems up to peak performance levels. That could include making upgrades to air conditioning systems and inspecting heating and ventilation systems.
Tuition support for building operators to become nationally certified will also be available.