Here’s a look at today’s top stories:
A resident of Gila was involved in a fatal crash that occurred U.S 180 Saturday afternoon. David Bruton, was traveling east on U.S 180 near milepost 101 when he lost control of his vehicle, causing a rollover accident. New Mexico State Police responded to the crash and Mr. Bruton was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash is currently under investigation.
Six individuals have applied for the Silver School Board District Four position that was vacated by the resignation of Justin Wecks. The School Board will be interviewing all candidates tomorrow evening at a special meeting which is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. in the Administrative Office on Swan Street. The applicants are as follows: Nicholas Bobo, Dr. Michelle Diaz, Daniel Arrey, Nancy Stephens, Otto Khera and Seth Traeger. Former District Four Board Member, Justin Wecks, submitted his resignation from the position on October 29th because he had moved outside of district four boundaries.
The Water Well Trust, the only national nonprofit helping low-income Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is expanding from nine to ten New Mexico counties that will be eligible to receive assistance for drilling a new water well or rehabilitate an existing well. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $200,000 matching grant to the Water Well Trust for a project to increase potable water availability to households in nine rural New Mexico counties, including Catron, Chaves, Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, Sierra, and Socorro counties. The WWT has now expanded eligibility to another county, being Curry county. The USDA grant monies will provide long-term, low-interest loans to applicants seeking new or improved water wells in the ten-county area.
Over three hundred students of Western New Mexico University will gather this Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Theater to accept their diplomas at the 2017 Fall Commencement Convocation. Racing legend, Bobby Unser, will be giving the commencement address. Unser, being the older of the two famous racing brothers, established the family legend many years ago by capturing his first Indy 500 in 1968. He won again in 1975 and 1981. In addition, Tim Stillman, President of the Associated Students of WNMU, will share a response from the graduates. Congratulations to all the graduates!