Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president’s decision to take executive action on immigration: “Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn’t a realistic option. We need to focus our limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers, gang members and potential terrorists.”
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, all schools in the Silver Consolidated School District and Administration Offices will be closed from Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th. Regular class schedules and business hours will resume on Monday, December 1st.
Niche.com recently came out with its 2015 rankings for elementary schools around the nation. According to the ranks, the Silver City district ranks 11th in the state, with four local elementary schools making the top 100 list: Sixth Street came in 21st, Harrison Schmitt came in 27th, Jose Barrios came in 39th, and G.W. Stout came in 63rd statewide.
Local conservationist Dutch Salmon was honored with a Luminaria award in Santa Fe earlier this month due to his commitment to conservation efforts. Salmon has written columns for the Albuquerque Journal and the Las Cruces Sun News, and has authored nine books. He moved to the area due to the fishing experiences in the Gila River, and was called the “godfather of New Mexico’s river protection movement.” Salmon was one of seven people in the state to receive the Luminaria Award this year.
The official unemployment rate in Grant County for October was reported at 6.6 percent, the same as in September, but down from 7.3 percent in October of last year. In Hidalgo County, the unemployment rate fell from 5.4 percent in September to 5.1 percent in October. It was 5.5 percent one year ago. Statewide, 5.9 percent of the labor force were counted as unemployed in October, down from 6.1 percent in September and 6.7 percent last October.