Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that thousands more New Mexico students than ever before are taking and passing Advanced Placement courses. AP classes are rigorous, university-level courses that give students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. In 2017, New Mexico students passed 6,028 AP exams. At an average of more than $200 per credit hour, New Mexico students and families could save as much as $4.26 million on college tuition costs. New Mexico also provides waivers for students from low-income families that lower the cost for Advanced Placement exams to $3. Last year, nearly half of AP exam takers (4,707 students) benefited from this waiver. Advanced Placement is a program and set of exams operated by the College Board, a national non-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Every year, the College Board puts together the AP Report to the Nation – which compiles student performance on AP exams across the country.
The candidates for the Town of Silver City regular election on March 6th have been certified by Municipal Clerk, Ann Mackie today and they include: for the office of Mayor, Incumbent Ken Ladner and Timothy J. Montes; Councilor District 2, Incumbent Lynda D, Aiman-Smith, Patricia “Eiline” Kingsley; Councilor District 4, Incumbent Guadalupe Cano and Nicholas H. Prince; for Municipal Judge, Incumbent Sonya Ruiz. Absentee Voting for the March 6, 2018 Regular Municipal Election for the Town of Silver City will begin on January 30, 2017 and will end March 6, 2018. Voters in all four Council Districts that wish to vote by Absentee may request an application by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 534-6346. Early Voting begins on February 14th and ends on March 2nd. Voters wishing to vote prior to Election Day may come to the Town Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 101 West Broadway, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, to file an application, and cast their vote on a paper ballot counted by the voting machine. To be eligible to vote in the Town of Silver City’s March 6, 2018 Municipal Election, you must be registered by Tuesday, February 6th.
Candidates registering in Bayard for two vacant seats on the city council include incumbent Grant County Sheriff Raul Villanueva, Frances Vasquez, Steven Jimenez, Eloy Medina and Thomas “T.J.” Muniz. For Bayard Municipal Court Judge, incumbent Judge José Sandoval, Charles Kelly and Ricardo Aguirre have filed. Current Mayor pro- tem Chon Fierro is running for Mayor. In Santa Clara, incumbent Mayor Richard Bauch is running for re-election. There are two open seats in Santa Clara for the Board of Trustees, incumbent trustee Olga Amador, with Harry Hildebrand, and Thomas Caddel, also running. In Hurley, there are three candidates running for Mayor, and they include: Joseph “Ed” Stevens, Jaime Serrano and Doug Miranda. The two current Councilors, Freddie Rodriguez and Esther Gil also filed their paperwork yesterday.
The USDA Forest Service has designated fee-free days for 2018. The first one of these will be on January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Catwalk Recreation Area, Glenwood Ranger District, is a day-use area which ordinarily charges $3 for parking fees. On January 15th, this fee will be waived. The other fee free days for 2018 are: February 19th for Presidents Day; June 9th for National Get Outdoors Day; September 22nd for National Public Lands Day; and November 10th through 11th for Veterans Day Weekend.
This has been a look at today’s headlines, thank you for listening to Silver City Radio!