Here’s a look at today’s news:

In New Mexico legislative news, Senate Bill 42, created to help missing persons living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia passed the House tonight with a unanimous vote. The bill, SB-42, greatly strengthens the Missing Person Notification System, specifically Silver Alerts that can help recover people with dementia who may wander.  Because of the direct effect on its constituents, the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter was involved helping to draft the legislation and advocating for the bill as it made its way through the legislature. The bill, will now go to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for her consideration.

The rate of flu related illness remains high in the state causing a local school closure on Friday. Silver Consolidated School District superintendent, Audie Brown, announced that Harrison Schmitt Elementary School was to be closed on Friday due to widespread illness and absences. It was reported that 40 students were sent home sick on Thursday that help prompt the next day school closure. Custodial staff were called in to facilitate a complete sanitization of the school. During the last week, a higher rate of student and faculty absences have been recorded throughout the Silver and Cobre school districts.

A life-long Deming resident and Deming High School graduate, David McSherry, has been appointed to the position of Luna County Manager during and executive session of the Luna County Board of the Commissioners last Friday. Mc Sherry, has been a school board member, engineer, farmer and rancher, and has earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and is currently completing a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. The commission vote was 2 to 1 with Barbara Reedy of District 2 voting against the appointment. The official start of date of McSherry’s appointment is pending.

Local Youth Conservation Corps interns are redesigning Boston Hill trails near the Spring Street Trailhead this season. Aldo Leopold Charter School has been awarded YCC grants for the past fourteen years that pays for intern positions for 40 youths. According to a release, “Last summer’s monsoon season swept the trail surface clean, creating a challenge for hikers and a potential flood hazard for city streets below. The crew has implemented an increased number of switchbacks to ease trail access and to mitigate flooding.” In addition to the trail work, YCC crews are participating in archaeology education and site watch, garden and landscape, eco-monitoring, and mural design and installation.