Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Freeport-McMorRan Foundation awarded $375,000 to ten local nonprofit organizations yesterday during an award ceremony at the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The 2018 Grant County Community Investment Fund Grant Recipients were selected by a committee of seven community leaders from diverse organization and two Freeport-McMoRan representatives from Grant County. The fund was established in 2011 as part of the Freeport’s objective to support sustainable benefits for the communities in the area. The Community Investments Fund Committee cultivates and selects programs to receive financial support based on established criteria to address the priorities identified by the community and strives to assist in the success of recipient programs. The 2018 grant recipients include: Big Brothers- Big Sisters with a Grant County One-to-One Mentoring Initiative; The Community Partnership for Children with the CPC/LINKS Expanding Childcare and Collaboration; Literacy Link Leamos with a Preparing Adults for Local Skilled Jobs Program; Silver Consolidated Schools with Project Pick Six to Improve STEM Education; County of Grant to Upgrade Technology Infrastructure at the Grant County Business and Conference Center; Southwest Center for Health Innovation, to prepare for health careers in Grant County; The Corporation for Downtown Development/Silver City Mainstreet Project for Main Street phase 1 restrooms; The Village of Santa Clara for the Santa Clara Public Park Improvement; Town of Silver City for an Economic Diversification project; and Western New Mexico University with a “Grow Your Own” program to increase the number of qualified teachers in local districts.
The Deming School Board is looking for a replacement in District 1 after Ron Wolfe, who had served on the school board since 2013, submitted his resignation, effective immediately. The Board is currently seeking letters of interest and resumes from anyone interested in being appointed to the position. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a resident of school board District 1, and a registered voter. The successful applicant will serve the remainder of the term, through December 2021. Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to DPS Board President Bayne Anderson, Attention: Kim Hernandez – Board Support, 1001 S. Diamond, Deming, NM, 88030. The application deadline is May 11th at 4:00 p.m.
A Stars-N-Parks astronomy program will take place this Saturday, at Rockhound State Park, located in the Little Florida Mountains southeast of Deming. The event will begin with a night sky tour, followed by views of deep sky objects through a high-powered telescope. The program is viewed in a dark sky setting beginning at about 9 p.m., and attendees should arrive at the park at sunset, which is at about 8 p.m., so they can become familiar with their surroundings before nightfall. The program will end at about 10:30 p.m. The Stars-N-Parks is sponsored by the National Public Observatory, a non-profit membership organization. For more information, visit Astro-NPO.org.