Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Deming Elks Lodge 2750 and the Deming “Silver Linings” homeless assistance group have come together in creating a new service project called “Operation Warm”. The Elks received a “Gratitude Grant” from the National Elks Foundation that must be used to support local charitable activities. The Operation Warm project intends to donate blankets and warm garments to school aged children, the elderly and veterans. The Silver Linings group is co-sponsoring the effort. In addition, the collaboration of the two groups is helping to assist individuals that camp out in the streets.

Nearly 300 individuals from Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and were detained on Friday morning by United States Border Patrol at the Antelope Wells port of entry. The group was trying to cross the border with Mexico illegally. A Guatemalan juvenile was discovered to be showing signs of sickness and was transported with his father to a nearby hospital. In addition, Border Patrol Agents have observed a number of subjects dressed in camouflage hiding on the Mexican side of the border, possible scouting the area to prepare for illegal activity. According to reports, over 27 groups consisting of more than 100 people have been apprehended in this area since the beginning of the fiscal year. While Border Agents have been occupied with illegal entries, criminals are attempting to smuggle narcotics and other contraband in to the United States.

The House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee has passed House Bill 284 that offers free admission to state parks for New Mexico residents on Sundays. The passage of the bill will allow added promotion to New Mexico state parks by making them accessible to all residents on Sundays. House Bill 284 now heads to the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee.

The Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico Chapter,is offering a free education course titled ““Skills for Dementia Caregiving” in Silver City. The free seven session program is designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia. According to a release, “5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia.” The courses will be instructed on Saturdays for seven weeks from March 2nd through April 13th from 9:00-11:00 A.M. Sessions will be held at the Church of Christ located at 1920 Little Walnut Rd, in Silver City. For more information, visit silvercityradio .com and click on the Community Calendar tab.