Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Last Friday, students at Western New Mexico University gathered for the 2017 Winter Graduation Commencement Ceremony. Racing legend and author, Bobby Unser, delivered a stirring commencement address followed by an inspirational speech of perseverance and achievement by the President of the Associated Students of WNMU, Tim Stillman. In total, 359 students graduated which included master’s, bachelor’s, associate and undergraduate degrees, in addition to several fast-track certificates.
USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase in price from $10 to $14 effective Monday, January 1st. Rising costs of production, printing, and distribution have driven the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade. The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process. The agency is also working to increase the availability of digital maps. For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/gila/.
An elementary school teacher from Stout Elementary has been arrested and charged with a felony count of voyeurism of a child under 18 years of age which is classified as a fourth degree felony. Fifth grade teacher, Frank Ramos Arias, of Bayard was booked into the Grant County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. The suspect has denied all allegations.
Silver City Walmart’s “Asset Protection Manager”, Alvaro Chavez, met with employees and local law enforcement to discuss methods used to prevent and discourage shoplifting in addition to how to react to serious situations, such as an active shooter. Store employees are warned to never put their life in jeopardy when confronting a suspected shoplifter. The discussion also focused on the healthy relationship between the store, law enforcement, community leaders and the community in general.
In New Mexico news, an Albuquerque bake shop has been chosen to compete in a Food Network Show, titled “Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge”. “Rude Boy Cookies” located near Central and Yale was surprised and honored to receive the invitation. The episode airs tonight at 8:00 p.m.