Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The latest update for the Pinon Fire on the Reserve Ranger District states that the fire has grown to 365 acres. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday east of Eagle Peak and is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives such as protecting wildlife habitat, cultural resources and livestock forage in the area. Fire activity was characterized as low to moderate, moving primarily north, northeast through ponderosa pine, oak and mixed conifer. Crews will continue to monitor fire activity and take actions along the western boundary of the pre-determined management area for the incident.
The SHS Honors Biology 2 Class of 2015-2016 is raising money to study for 9 days in Costa Rica in April 2016. They will have the opportunity to experience the local culture, visit their schools, and study the rainforest. The students are having a car wash at Gabriel Ramos Insurance Office on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10 am until 2 pm. They will also have ice cream and baked goodies to enjoy while you have your car washed.
New Mexico ranks 46th in a national survey by state of important factors for working fathers, including health and child care costs. WalletHub gives New Mexico the lowest ratings for economic and social well-being, and says the state has the highest number of dads with children under 18 living in poverty. New Mexico also has one of the highest rates of uninsured males and a poor ranking in child care.
The “First Saturday” Food Pantry held at The Volunteer Center in Silver City has been altered to accommodate the parade and other events connected with Independence Day. Details: Saturday, July Fourth is a special “Produce Only” distribution from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 11 will resume the regular food distribution (without produce) from 10:00 – Noon.
In addition to the recent announcement that the Imagination Library of Grant County sent its 50,000th book to a child in Grant County, Loren and Barbara Nelson, local program champions, are now pleased to announce that the nonprofit organization has hired a new Program Coordinator. Nancy Stephens started June 8th and will manage administration of the Imagination Library, promote the Imagination Library within the county and oversee program staff/volunteers.
Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted for the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 71 to 25. The bill includes key provisions Senator Heinrich worked to include that benefit New Mexico’s men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).