Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
During the last Silver Consolidated School District meeting, Associate Superintendent, Candy Milam, reported that the district will lose more than $1 million in state funding based on current enrollment numbers that are down 157 students. In addition, there was discussion regarding the recent flu outbreak at the Cliff School, the proposed 4- day week, and an explanation of why Silver Schools were not off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week.
Deb Bumpus has been named as acting Forest Supervisor on the Gila National Forest beginning on January 22nd. She will serve on the GNF for a 120-day detail while Adam Mendonca is on a temporary assignment as acting Deputy Regional Forester in the Albuquerque regional office through the end of April. Bumpus currently serves as Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. She began her Forest Service career on the Plumas National Forest as a Zone Wildlife Biologist.
Police are actively investigating three cases of break-ins that that have occurred at Walgreen’s stores in Deming, Las Cruces, and Anthony. The two male suspects have been viewed on surveillance video breaking into the stores and attempting to gain access to the store pharmacy. The men appeared to be wearing masks and gloves, dark colored hoodies and driving a dark colored vehicle, possibly a Chevy Malibu. Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who can help identify the suspects. Anyone with information that can help identify the suspects is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The number is operational 24-hours a day and tipsters do not have to leave a name to collect a reward.
About 400 middle school and high school students from 20 schools in southwest New Mexico will compete during the Southwest Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Western New Mexico University on Saturday, January 27th. The Science Olympiad teams compete in categories such as Life, Personal and Social Science; Earth and Space Science; Physical Science and Chemistry; Technology and Engineering; and Inquiry and Nature of Science. The individual events have names like Hovercraft, Towers, Wright Stuff, Battery Buggy, Helicopters, Mousetrap Vehicle, Mystery Architecture and Roller Coaster. All 46 of the events are held on campus. Some take place in the Intramural Gym and others occur in Harlan Hall and the Phelps/Dodge-Martinez building. The competition opens with a ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 8:30 A.M. The competitive action runs from 9 a.m. to 3:00 P.M. and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 4:00 p.m.