Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
WNMU Mustang Football, along with local fans and community supporters, celebrated their 2014-15 season Homecoming over the weekend. WNMU Students and alumni took part in the Homecoming parade from the Grant County Courthouse, down Broadway, across Bullard Street, and made their way up College Avenue toward the football game. Other events during Homecoming week included the alumni golf tournament, 1980’s themed bowling, karaoke and barbecue. The Mustangs won the Homecoming football game against the Fort Lewis Skyhawks with a final score of 24-17.
Also during the weekend, Governor Martinez paid a visit to Silver City to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Light Hall Movie Theater. The film “Maleficent” was shown to visiting dignitaries including Martinez, Representative Rudy Martinez, and State Senator Howie Morales in the crowd of about 50 invited guests. The $2 million in renovations to bring state of the art video technology to the theater helps to present an opportunity for the university and the community to interact, as well as provide area residents with a motion picture theater for the first time in nearly two years. For upcoming features, ratings, and times, visit the movie theater link on WNMU’s homepage.
The Quemado Ranger District has closed several campgrounds for the winter season. The Juniper and Pinon Campgrounds at Quemado Lake Recreation are closed. Water and electric have been turned off and the dump station has been winterized. The El Caso Campgrounds one, two, and three are also closed for the season. El Caso Throwdowns one and two remain open about 1 ¼ miles east of Quemado Lake, and Head of the Ditch, Armijo and Valle Tio Vinces Campgrounds are open year round, but do not offer full amenities.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $550,750 in grants to strengthen markets for New Mexico produce by providing tools and resources to help agricultural producers successfully enhance their competitiveness and expand their operations. The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Block Grant Program, and grants will be administered through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The grants are authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will receive funding to support nine projects to expand markets for specialty crops including chile, organic apples and onions; to address food safety research needs; and to expand access to fruits and vegetables throughout the state.