Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Wreaths Across America was held Saturday at Fort Bayard National Cemetery and across the United States. 2,079 wreaths were counted to have been placed on the nearly 5,000 graves this year, compared to 1,755 last year, and 567 a few years before in 2012. Featured speakers at the event were Robert Lopez and his wife, Danna. Thanks is given to more than 400 organizations, individuals and families who made this possible.
Literacy Link – Leamos has distributed and will distribute books to nine elementary schools in the area, giving away close to 8,500 books. Books have already been given to Cliff and San Lorenzo Schools, as well as Central and Hurley Elementary. This week, students at Stout, Jose Barrios, Sixth Street and Harrison Schmitt Elementary will receive their books. These books are free from First Book National Book Bank, a non-profit organization that collects donated new books from publishers.
In sports action, the WNMU men’s basketball team lost a close 77-80 game to Colorado State University – Pueblo on Friday night, and another close 61-64 game against Western State Colorado University on Saturday. The Mustangs are 0-8 for the season and 0-3 in RMAC play. The Mustangs will be on the road against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on Friday at 7:30, and Black Hills State University at 6 pm on Saturday.
The women’s basketball team split a pair over the weekend, with a 52-77 loss to Colorado State University – Pueblo on Friday night, and a 62-55 victory over Western State Colorado University on Saturday. The Lady ‘Stangs are 4-4 for the season and 2-1 in RMAC play. The Lady ‘Stangs return to the court at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on Friday at 5:30 and Black Hills State University on Saturday at 4 pm.
With the winter holidays right around the corner, New Mexico State Fire Marshal John Standefer reminds New Mexicans that holiday decorations, Christmas trees, candles and cooking all contribute to an increased number of home fires during the month of December, making it one of the leading months for home fires nationwide. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do occur, they’re much more likely to be deadly when compared to most other fires. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. Decorations other than Christmas Trees most often cause fires in the kitchen and family room. Inspect all light strings and throw out any with frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets to avoid decorative light fires, and always clean the fireplace and chimney before the start of the season.