Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Members of the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild recently presented local veterans with a Quilt of Valor. These quilts are crafted by volunteers who put their hearts and souls into every stitch with exacting standards set forth from a national organization. Special thanks go out to all those involved in getting the quilts for local veterans: to Carol Pickoring, president of the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild, Terri Sommers, long-arm quilter, and Jude Casco, QOV coordinator for the Quilters Guild. And of course the Veterans that received these quilts, Eugene Lewis USMC, Jep Housley USCG and Cliff Tavernier USAF.
The Cobre Consolidated Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a contract extension of two years for Superintendent Robert Mendoza at their meeting last week. Mendoza will see an increase in salary under the contract extension. Also at the meeting, the board heard from Tony Sosa, the district’s truancy prevention specialist, as well as student representative Jose Rubio.
Conservationists have sued the federal government over changes recently made to the Mexican Grey Wolf reintroduction program. Under new changes, the wolves will be free to roam a much larger area of New Mexico and Arizona, from I-40 to the Mexican border, and more of the endangered wolves will be released from captivity. The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife say limiting the number of wolves to 325 doesn’t allow for species recovery, and believe the wolves should be allowed access to habitat north of the interstate.
Deming resident and racehorse trainer Umberto Belloc and trainer of JM Miracle, the thoroughbred who won the 2014 All-American Futurity on Labor Day last year, is up for the American Quarter Horse Association Racing Champions Award. Belloc has been nominated for numerous awards including “2014 Trainer of the Year.” The awards will be held tomorrow in Oklahoma City. A live stream of the Awards will be aired at www.aqharacing.com at 5 pm Wednesday.
Southern New Mexico will be under a Winter Weather Watch Wednesday night through Thursday night as a pair of cold fronts push across southern New Mexico and far west Texas. The system will result in scattered to numerous mountain snow showers and lowland rain showers. The storm is expected to leave the area Friday morning. The Winter Storm Watch will affect the southern Gila Highlands, Black Range, East Slopes of the Sacramento Mountains and the cities of Silver City, Lake Roberts, Fort Bayard, Kingston, and Hillsboro.