Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
In Columbus, a monthly charitable food distribution program sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, will be moving its location off government property. During the second Wednesday morning each month, volunteers unload thousands of pounds of food from the Roadrunner Food Bank truck to later distribute the goods to up to 225 families. For the past two years, food distribution has been held at the former Columbus Elementary School site on North Boundary Avenue, in a facility owned by the Village of Columbus. Due to a conflict between the Vicar of St. Luke’s Church in Deming that serves Church’s Borderland Ministries in Columbus, and a former volunteer, the distribution point for the program will be moved to private property on the lot next to the Los Milagros Hotel, at Taft and Lima streets. The conflict between the two individuals led to a visit from the mayor of Columbus, Esequiel Salas.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding the public to leave wildlife babies alone this Spring. Most young wildlife, including deer or antelope fawns, elk calves, bear cubs and other young wild animals are discovered by humans when they are simply hiding while awaiting their parents’ return. Removing these young animals can cost them their lives. Anyone who sees young wildlife is suggested to leave the area quickly and quietly, the mother is close by and aware that you are in the area. For more information about living with wildlife in New Mexico, visit the department website at wildlife.state.nm.us.
Pre-registration is open for the Silver City Public Library 2018 Summer Reading program titled, “Libraries Rock.” A new offering this is the “Rock-a-Bye” reading program for babies (infants through 2 years old). Participants receive a reading log to keep track of the storybooks they read through the summer. After reading 30 books (reading the same book repeatedly counts), the child will receive a certificate and a prize. There will be lots of activities for all age groups, including special guest performers, hands-on activities, movies, and storytimes. There will also be summer reading for adults with weekly prize drawings and grand prize drawings. The program will officially kick off on Tuesday, June 5, 10:30am Activities are scheduled from June 5 through July 27. For more information, visit silver city public library dot org.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday designated by Congress as the last Monday in May to remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have lost their lives while serving in combat. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War, when families of Union and Confederate soldiers began decorating the graves of family members killed in that war. The ritual continued through World War I, as families decorated the graves of fallen WWI soldiers. After World War II, the name and concept of this special day had evolved into Memorial Day, as families honored fallen military family members lost in this war. In 1967, Congress formally declared Memorial Day a national holiday to honor all men and women who have died in combat. The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services urges New Mexicans to attend a ceremony to honor our nation’s men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and defending our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.