Water advisory continues for Cannon

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico State environmental officials expect a boil water order at Cannon Air Force Base will be lifted by Saturday at the latest. The order was issued Wednesday after testing revealed E. coli contamination of Cannon’s water. Drinking water Compliance Operation Manager Mike Huber said Cannon has increased chlorine levels in […]

Curry County children ill from E. coli bacteria

Staff and Wire Reports Three children in Curry County are recovering from a bacterial gastrointestinal illness caused by E. coli bacteria, according to a state Department of Health press release. The cases are linked to a multistate outbreak traced to ground beef, according to the release. The children became ill last month. The department did […]

Water warning lifted

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elida residents have been released from the “boil water alert” issued Jan. 6 by the New Mexico Environmental Department after E. coli bacteria was found during a routine test of the water system. Elida town clerk Sandra Monks said the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon after samples gathered during […]

Elida’s water not safe

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Environment Department advised the town of Elida to issue a “boil water alert” Saturday, after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was discovered, according to a press release issued by the department Wednesday. Most strains of E. coli live in the intestines of healthy […]

Food safety research must be left to professionals

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Combine E.coli 0157:H7, “naturally” produced spinach, food poisoning, an organic foods purveyor and author, cows and the New York Times and you get — guess what? That’s right. Evil factory farming! No surprise. I have compassion for the ill and also for the California spinach growers. Like lots of farmers […]