Here’s a look at today’s local news:
This Saturday marks the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. This is a nationwide food drive, all non-perishable food gathered will benefit local food banks and shelters. Participants are urged to leave a bag of non-perishable food at your mailbox this Saturday, May 11th before the letter carrier arrives, and he or she will do the rest. Items suggested for donation include: canned meats and fish; canned soup; juice; pasta; vegetables; cereal; peanut butter, and rice. It is suggested that people refrain from donating foods that have passed their expiration dates and to avoid items in glass containers. For more information, visit n a l c dot org slash food.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, has appointed a new lineup to serve on the New Mexico Racing Commission. The names were announced days before a special commission meeting was scheduled to address issues affiliated with a petition for injunctive relief filed in late 2018 by Hidalgo Downs, LLC, and other plaintiffs regarding Lordsburg’s racino bid. The applications for a sixth racino, include three separate proposals that include the Clovis area, Tucumcari and Lordsburg. There are currently five existing establishments in New Mexico located in Hobbs, Ruidoso, Farmington, Albuquerque and Sunland Park. According to compacts with casino-operating tribes, only six racinos are allowed to operate in the state. A racino is defined as a complex or grounds having a racetrack and gambling facilities that may include a casino or limited to slot machines. The five new racing commissioners, as announced April 25th by the governor, are Beverly Bourguet, John Buffington, Freda McSwane, David “Hossie” Sanchez and Billy G. Smith. The commission will appoint one among them as chair.
The Silver City Food Co-op should be moved to the new Pope Street location and open for business in a year. The Co-op, Downtown Silver City’s grocery store is a member owned full-line grocery store featuring natural, organic, and local foods, and locally made products. The new location is the building that housed LifeQuest, an organization that provided services to children, adults, and families, dealing with developmental disabilities. The building is comprised of approximately 8,000 square feet and will serve as real expansion of the Food Co-op. In addition, the new location has a 5,000-square foot quonset hut on the property that can be used for special events. The Silver City Food Co-op was founded in 1974.