Officials set April date for New Mexico border wall work

WASHINGTON - Officials are hoping to break ground on a project replacing 20 miles of border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico in early April.

That's according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello.

Vitiello briefed reporters Friday on how the administration plans to spend the $1.6 billion Congress authorized for border wall construction this year.

It's much less than the $25 billion Trump wanted. But officials are eager to show they're nonetheless making progress.

Vitiello says the money will provide for about 100 miles of new and replacement wall, including replacing 14 miles of steel landing mat in densely populated San Diego with a bollard-style wall.

Barriers currently blanket 654 miles of the 1,954-mile southern Mexico.


Mount Eneas wildfire as seen from Highway 97C near Peachland the evening of Thursday, July 19, 2018
Mount Eneas wildfire near Peachland stable at 1,000 ha
PEACHLAND - The Mount Eneas wildfire, about four kilometres south of Peachland, is still about 1,000 hectares and is being described by emergency officials as stable this morning. The lightning-caused blaze was discovered on Tuesday, July 1

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