Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Cobre Consolidated School District will be featured in a story on PBS News Hour next week, featuring the district’s participation in the four-day school week. Correspondent for the “PBS News Hour”, Kavitha Cordoza, interviewed staff, students and parents last May about their experiences with the new schedule. Cobre High School is one of the 10 school districts in the state that has changed to the four-day week and has also saved the most amount of money by doing so. The program segment will be shown nationally and run for 8 minutes.
The New Mexico State Attorney General has issued a warning about hail repair scammers. The fraud alert informs consumers about unlicensed pop-up hail repair shops and other scammers roaming areas that have been hit with heavy hail damage this summer. Attorney General Hector Balderas, says that scammers usually ask for payment up front and leaving jobs unfinished or not properly executed. It is reported that most city ordinances demand requirements of hail repair services on vehicles, but as of this time, there are no state requirements. Individuals who believed they have been scammed are urged to visit nmag dot gov or call 505-717-3500.
The Gila National Forest is searching for a small group of career-focused women to be on call Wildland Firefighters for the 2019 fire season. The positions are listed to provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer months and can lead the way for future employment and career advancement with the Forest Service. According to a release, “approximately 20-30 applicants will be selected. Their first assignment will be to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp in October, which provides comprehensive firefighter training and orientation.” Although the training focuses on women in wildland fire, all interested parties are encouraged and invited to attend. No previous experience is required. For more information, call 575-388-8211.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has released school grades for the 2018. In the Silver Consolidate School District the grades are as follows: Cliff Elementary received a B, unchanged from last year; G.W Stout Elementary fell to to a D from a C last year; Harrison Schmitt rose to a B from a D last year; Jose Barrios Elementary remained at an A; Sixth Street rose to a B from a C last year; La Plata Middle School increased to a C from F an grade since 2015; Cliff High School remained at a C; Opportunity High School rose to a C from a D last year; and Silver High School remained with a C grade. We will have more grades included in the news report tomorrow.