Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Annual New Mexico Outstanding Agriculture Leadership Award was presented to Marge McKeen, by the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, for her outstanding contributions to the State of New Mexico. Marge, and her husband, Hugh B. McKeen, host “Ranch Days” each April that brings students from the region to their ranch near Alma to learn about the ranching lifestyle, including branding. She is an active member of the Frisco Cowbelles and has been active in the state Cowbelles and the New Mexico Beef Council, the New Mexico 4-H program, and in addition, being a past winner for the Diamond in the Rough award for women in agriculture. Congratulations, Marge McKeen!
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered that 10 bills vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2017, will go into effect because she offered no immediate explanation to the Legislature. Chief Justice, Judith Nakamura, stated that the Constitution requires that the objections must accompany the vetoed bills or they will become law. Some of the previously vetoed bills effected by the court ruling are: expanded access to high-speed internet; opening the way for industrial hemp research programs; and allowing high school students to count computer science classes toward core math credits needed for graduation.
To highlight the 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Month, the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors and Representative Rebecca Dow hosted a Grant County Housing Expo at the Grant County Veteran’s Memorial Conference Center yesterday. The free event gave consumers a “one-stop” opportunity to learn about the many resources and services available to help them find and purchase a new home or improve their current homes. In addition, the Expo offered local service providers a chance to connect with residents looking for information and assistance and the USDA presented a program which offered grants to senior homeowners to make repairs to their properties.
The Silver City Arts & Cultural District will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Silver City Trail Kiosk at the Visitor Center located, 201 North Hudson Street on next Tuesday May 1st at 11:30 a.m. The kiosk was funded by a grant awarded to the Town by the US Department of Transportation and executed by the Silver City Arts & Cultural District. Two trail maps are mounted in the kiosk, one of Silver City trails and one of Grant County trails. The text is in both English and Spanish. The kiosk will provide maps and information about regional trails for the benefit of our local population and visiting tourists. Mayor Ken Ladner will serve as master of ceremonies and the public is invited to attend. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.