Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Activity has increased on the McKenna Fire, located 8 miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings, with the warm, dry weather pattern in place over the region. Due to continued growth on the fire, firefighters rode into the Gila Wilderness on horseback Tuesday to install structure protection (a sprinkler system) around the White Creek Cabin which is located northwest of the fire. The McKenna Fire was most recently estimated at 1,900 acres.
New Mexico State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships were held in Raton on May 5th through the 8th. Grant County was represented well as local youth competed in the 22 Rifle, Shotgun, Air Rifle, Archery, and Hunting disciplines. Congratulations to the teams who competed at the state competition.
The Council of the Town of Silver City has given notice of its intention to adopt an amendment to the Town of Silver City Code of Ordinances. An ordinance deleting and replacing Article VI Section 12-6-18 in reference to Texting While Driving, and Article VIII Sections 12-8-1 regarding the Operation of Bicycles; and amending the penalty assessment schedule found in Chapter 50, Section 50-2 of the Town of Silver City Municipal Code.
The Day of the Young Child was celebrated in Deming on April 22, with a march and picnic attended by close to 500 families. The national day was signed into proclamation by former City of Deming Mayor, the late Andres Z. Silva, back in 2009, and celebrated ever since.
The University of New Mexico will receive $884,573 from the National Science Foundation to collaborate with Central New Mexico Community College to develop a certificate program in green construction technologies. The program will prepare students to work on clean energy projects, sustainable buildings, or water efficient technologies, and it will support a pathway for high school and college students to participate in an internship program and dual credit courses. The funding will also support outreach and mentoring efforts to encourage underrepresented students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields, especially in construction technology and engineering.
New Mexico authorities are searching for a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after being accused of kidnapping a driver by gunpoint in Texas. Las Cruces police say 24-year-old Michael Derby is dangerous and ask the public for tips on his whereabouts after he fled Wednesday night from the facility where he was taken for a medical exam.