Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Department of the Interior is proposing to double or almost triple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks, which would take a 7-day car pass from $25.00 or $30.00, depending on the park, up to $70.00, starting in 2018. The public has until Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, to submit public comments before the thirty-day period ends. The administration says this is the best way to make progress on the 11.3 billion dollars in deferred maintenance at the parks. The proposed fee increase will raise about 70 million dollars a year. The price of an annual “America the Beautiful” pass would stay the same, at $80.00. Parks supporters are urging Congress to consider the National Park Service Legacy Act, which would establish long-term funding for the parks. For more information or make a comment, go to npca.org/fees.
The Deming Evening Lion’s Club donated $250 to “Friends of Healing House”, a non- profit organization that supports the domestic violence shelter in Luna County. The Healing House provides and offers comprehensive support and intervention services to persons affected by domestic violence and serves as an emergency shelter helping families through difficult times. Some of the services provided include: crisis intervention; legal advocacy; job, housing and immigration assistance; offender’s program; information and referrals; a 24- hour crisis hotline; counseling; community outreach; and support groups in English and Spanish. Thank you to the Deming Evening Lion’s Club for your donation!
The Silver City Town Council has approved an amendment to the animal code. Dog owners must now report immediately if their pet has bitten someone rather than within the 24-hour limit that was stated in the previous code. The change will require the pet owner to immediately surrender the animal with vaccination records, which will eliminate law enforcement having to search for the owner and the animal after the biting incident.