Here’s a look at today’s local news:

New Mexico First, a nonpartisan, public-policy organization, has announced their “2019 Spirit Award” winners. The Awardees were chosen for their excellence in addressing serious problems in addition to advancing critical programs and/or raising awareness around major issues affecting New Mexicans. In the “Spirit of Bipartisanship” category, District 38 Representative Rebecca Dow, has been chosen in addition to District 30 State Senator, Clemente Sanchez. Other award categories included Spirit of Journalism Excellence, Civic Leadership, and a Lifetime Achievement award that was been bestowed to U.S Senator, Tom Udall.  This year’s awards event will be held on June 6th at the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall in Albuquerque.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Mexico was the national leader in pecan production last year. Effects of Hurricane Michael last year destroyed much of Georgia’s crop, that has been traditionally the nation’s leader in pecan production. The U.S.D.A reported that New Mexico produced approximately 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018. In addition, statistics show that Luna County was the fourth largest pecan producing county in New Mexico.

During a regular meeting on Monday, the Silver Consolidated Schools Board approved the hiring of a behavior specialist that will work with students in the general education population from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The board approved the motion unanimously. In other business, the board elected Mike McMillan, to the office of vice-president and Patrick Cohn, as board secretary.

Members of from Grant County 4-H comprised of six clubs, competed for spots on the prestigious Grant County 4-H Shooting Sports Teams. In May, 30 youths will attend the New Mexico 4-H State Shooting Sports Championships in Raton, New Mexico. There are seven different sports disciplines consisting of: Air Rifle; Rifle; Muzzleloader; Shotgun; Pistol; Hunting; and Archery.

Local fire agencies in Grant County hosted a free “Fire and Emergency Service Day” at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center last weekend. Medical responders from the Grant County Volunteer Fire departments, in addition to personnel from the U.S Forest Service and Gila Regional Medical Center, were also on hand to answer questions and meet the public. The community learned about what resources are available in addition to seeing the specialized vehicles and equipment firsthand.