Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
As part of the National Park Service Centennial Celebration, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and the 4th Grade Class at San Lorenzo Elementary School have partnered in a unique art project – a follow up to another park-school collaboration. In 2007, 4th and 5th graders at San Lorenzo Elementary celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument with an award winning photo project. This spring, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, the current 4th graders used these photographs as inspiration for their own artistic renderings of the Cliff Dwellings. The student artwork will be exhibited at the Gila Visitor Center and Gila Trailhead Museum during the month of July and the Silver City Visitor Center in August. Art will also be visible at the school and the Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site.
Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach. Silver City MainStreet has been designated as an accredited Main Street America Program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National MainStreet Center.
On Saturday, US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 29 other senators, sent a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice urging the agencies to ensure colleges and universities receiving federal funds adhere to new requirements intended to help prevent sexual violence on campus and increase accountability for students’ safety. These regulations, which went into effect July 1, 2015, were included in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 as amendments to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crims Statistics Act, a key campus safety law. The Violence Against Women Act also required that schools focus on prevention of these crimes, instituting education and training programs for faculty and students, and provided students with clear information about their rights under the law.
Senator Heinrich also met with New Mexico National Guard officials in Santa Fe to discuss increasing resources for counterdrug efforts along the US-Mexico border and build upon efforts to enable the New Mexico National Guard to become the first Air National Guard unit in the country to fly and train in the CV-22 Osprey.