Here’s some of today’s news:

The two final winners of the 39th Annual Great American Deming Duck Race were announced last weekend in a combined total of 122 in both the wet and dry track categories. Aintza Castaneda, a 13- year old eighth grader from Red Mountain Middle School, reigned supreme on the wet track Sunday morning. According to Aintza and her Dad, Victor, their winning strategy was to handle the duck carefully and with kindness. The dry track championship was won by Kyanna Munoz, a 4- year old first grader from Bataan Elementary School. Last year, Kyanna and her Dad, Osvaldo, won the same race together. Each winner received a cash prize of $1380.  Overall, it was reported that the event had a large turnout in addition to more vendors than previous years.

Last Wednesday, PNM filed the necessary documents to the Public Regulations Commission in order for the utility to enter into the Energy Imbalance Market. This entity was created for utilities on a voluntary basis, to pool in electricity generation with in a region and dispatch resources which moderate the inconsistency of renewable generation resources and electricity demand on a least cost basis. It has been reported that if the request is approved, there is a one time capital cost of $20 million plus additional start up and maintenance costs. It is estimated that cost benefits would begin in the Spring of 2021.

Health experts are alerting the public of the danger of contracting a rare infection from interaction with their own dogs and cats. Two individuals have been infected with bacteria that is relatively common in the mouths of dogs and cats and it has been reported that people with weakened immune systems are most at risk. In addition, studies have shown that 74% of dogs and 57% of cats contain the potentially dangerous bacteria. Pet owners are urged to practice good hygiene around their pets and regularly schedule pet visits with their veterinarian.

The Grant County Extension Association presented Fort Bayard Medical Center with an entertainment system, complete with speakers and a DVD player to show residents movies and play music. The Extension’s “White Water Club” has been active for 90 years providing education and community service to Grant County. The group is currently making curtains for the Fort Bayard chapel and visits residents there each month. The group meets each Tuesday of the second Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church on Swan Street in Silver City at 9:30 A.M. For more information, call the Extension office at 575-388-1559.