LAS CRUCES (KRQE) - A Habanero hazmat sent a southern New Mexico chile worker to the hospital.
It happened last night at a Las Cruces company that grinds chile pods into powder.
State police say after a batch of habanero chile was ground, particles lingered in the air, got into the ventilation system and affected more than two dozen workers.
At least 30 complained of irritated eyes, sore throats and bloody noses.
A woman who already had respiratory problems, was taken to the hospital for a checkup.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Albuquerque and surrounding areas through 11 p.m. Thursday.
Tempers flared Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the firestorm over teacher evaluations and student testing continues.
An Albuquerque man says an emergency vet clinic turned away his dying dog because he didn't have enough cash in his pocket to pay to save him. The dog later died.
Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the final sentencing phase of John McCluskey's federal murder trial. The same jury that convicted him of killing an Oklahoma couple, must now decide whether McCluskey should face the death penalty.
Meeting 211 goes to the University of New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos and New Mexico State renewed their rivalry on a basketball court Wednesday night with the Lobos winning 79 to 70.
MMA fighter Holly Holm has more than a fight to talk about this week. Holm also has a major sponsor in her corner.