Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Luna County Coats for Kids will host their annual Stuff the Bus Fundraiser this Saturday at Peppers Supermarket. Stuff the Bus began in 2011 and has helped hundreds of children in need receive a coat. Donations of new and lightly-used coats are accepted. The committee hopes to raise more than $10,000 for the year in order to provide coats for more than 500 students for the second year in a row.
Grant County Residents can start watching for the Toys for Tots boxes, which will be placed throughout the county. The trademark “Red Train” boxes will be available for donations of new toys to be distributed to needy children. Nationally, the Toys for Tots campaign in 2015 distributed more than seven million toys, and hopes to exceed that this year.
The Lotus Center recently received a donation as part of the Silver City Food Co-op bag refund program. The Co-op gives a “chip” worth 5 cents for each bag a customer brings in to use for their groceries, which customers can then donate to one of two non-profit groups selected by the Co-op for that month.
The US Department of Agriculture will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program, will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat.