Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival was held this past Saturday at the San Lorenzo Elementary School. The event featured a pie contest, numerous vendors, as well as activities for kids. The Health Fair was also held at the school on Saturday, and visitors were able to receive flu shots and other various health screenings.
The Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild is offering $100 grants to teachers for grades K-8 in the Cobre and Silver City school districts. The grants are intended to encourage awareness of the potential uses of fiber materials including fabric, yarn and thread. In past years, teachers have had students make sewing kits, decorative art for the classrooms, and a quilt representing their future ambitions. For additional information about the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild, contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gila National Forest recently released the draft assessment report for feedback as part of the Forest Plan Revision process. Community meetings have been scheduled in late October to early November 2016 to discuss assessment key findings on ecological, social, and economic topics, collaborate to determine needs-for-change to the current plan, and continue the dialogue between the Forest and nearby residents, users, and interested individuals.
In sports news, the Western New Mexico University football team lost their homecoming game in a 43-22 defeat on Saturday. Opponent Midwestern State pulled away with a 22-point fourth quarter to secure their victory. The Mustangs will play at Tarleton State University this coming Saturday beginning at 7 pm Central Time.
The Lady ‘Stang volleyball team played a 3-0 sweep of UT Permian Basin on Saturday with wins of 25-16, 25-17, and 25-16 in Lone Star Conference action. WNMU is now 11-6 for the season and 3-3 in Conference play. The Lady ‘Stangs hosts Texas Woman’s on Friday night, and then Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday beginning at 6pm both nights.
The WNMU Cross Country women’s team earned a fourth-place finish at the Mustang Challenge hosted by Master’s College. The men ran as individuals. WNMU will continue the season on Saturday in the Vanguard Invitational at Costa Mesa, California.
Legistlation to toughen New Mexico’s “Three Strikes Law” passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisian 49-14 vote. House Bill 5, or “Lilly’s Law,” expands the list of offenses that would qualify violent repeat offenders for mandatory life sentencing.
The House Judiciary Committee voted to pass legislation to broaden “Baby Brianna’s Law” and make all acts of intentional child abuse resulting in the death of the child punishable by life imprisonment regardless of the age of the child.