Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
At Fort Bayard National Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 held a short ceremony to commemorate the end of World War II on Aug. 15, 1945, 70 years ago. Detachment 1328 Commandant Ben Collins gave a short presentation. “World War II was one of the largest wars in history,” Collins said. “Only twice had Americans gone to war since their founding—the Civil War, which pitted Americans against Americans, and World War I, which was supposed to be the War to End Wars.”
The Run to Copper Country Car Show hosted by the Copper Cruizers Car Club saw a record number of cars come to this show, according to Frank Bielfeldt, treasurer of the club. “We have more than 150 cars this year. The farthest came from El Centro, CA, and we have 90 who came from Arizona. The cars you see out here represent 15 car clubs.”
Hail, heavy rain and strong wind on Sunday afternoon caused damage all around Silver City. Officers placed stop signs at intersections normally controlled by stop lights along Highway 180 to control traffic. All around town, crossings flooded and loose soil ran across the roads. The hail knocked leaves off trees, and the combination of the hail, wind, and pouring rain brought down branches of healthy trees into the streets.
School started for WNMU students today, and students were welcomed back with the fifth annual Bash on Broadway held on Saturday evening. The Bash offers socialization for both new and returning students and signifies the arrival of the fall semester with music, games and dancing in Historic Downtown Silver City.
The summer rain has provided a respite from the drought, but in return has helped increase rodent populations in the state. At least one incident of Plague has been diagnosed in Santa Fe. Hantavirus and tularemia are also transmitted by infected rodents.
Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the State of New Mexico will receive $500,138 through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support outdoor recreation and conservation projects throughout the state. LWCF funds are a highly effective tool for creating and protecting urban and rural parks and open spaces that provide recreation opportunities, enhance communities and create jobs, but the program will expire in September unless Congress takes action. Udall and Heinrich have introduced legislation (S. 890) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.