Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Kiwanis Club of Silver City held its Fifth Annual Holiday Youth Sing-off and Gazebo Lighting Ceremony at Gough Park Friday evening. Four Kiwanis sponsored youth service leadership groups competed with one another in singing Holiday songs of their choice. Cash prizes were provided by Western Bank and Christmas lights were donated by Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware. After the competition, participants and their families were invited to First Savings Bank to continue the festivities with holiday treats and a viewing of a Christmas Village in the bank lobby. The winners were as follows: Cobre Key Club as second runner-up; La Plata Middle School as first runner-up; Silver High School Key Club with second place; and G.W Stout K-Kids winning first prize for their Christmas medley performance. Key Club Copper Division Lt. Governor, Reagen Barragan, of Silver High School announced that the winnings for Silver High will be donated to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.
The Door Christian Fellowship Church was the scene of a fire on Friday evening this is believed to have been caused by the burning of weeds earlier in the day. It appears that embers from the fire entered a crack in the building stucco and slowly ignited structural timbers. The fire was noticed in the early evening when smoke was seen traveling through the ceiling. Silver City and Whiskey Creek fire departments were called, and even though there were people in the building, everyone was evacuated safely. There was some structural damage reported which will most likely require replacement of the building’s roof.
The first group of students to graduate from WNMU with a traditional pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) will participate in a pinning ceremony this Thursday, Dec. 7th, at 2 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium. Graduates include Vince Torres, Sarah Chaires, Jasmine Romero, Sean Kishbaugh, Amanda Pryor, Starr Ann Moon, Angelica Aguirre, Jerrika Lewis, Jacob Lenhardt and Dolores Escudero. All were inducted into the Southwest New Mexico Honor Society of Nursing in November. These graduates are leading their field simply by enrolling in the BSN program. The Institute of Medicine wants to increase the number of nurses with BSN degrees to 80 percent by 2020.
The office of New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez, has announced the appointment of a new Luna County District One County Commissioner to fill the seat vacated by Joe “Oleo” Milo, who passed away last July. Richard Keene, will serve the remainder of the commissioner’s term that ends in 2018. Mr. Keene is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, has served as a New Mexico State Police Officer for twenty years and has currently been working as an engineering consultant.