Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Several venues will change where one votes in Grant County during next year’s primary and general election seasons. Some things will remain the same. Voter Convenience Centers for the Primary and for Election Day, where any registered voter in the county may vote, regardless of where they live include: the Silver City Woman’s Club, Tyrone Community Center, Santa Clara National Guard Armory, Bayard Community Center, Hurley Community Center, Cliff High School, San Lorenzo Elementary School, Grant County Administration Center and the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department.
Outdoorobsession.com recently ranked Silver City number 3 in the 15 coolest towns to visit. According to the site: Unlike the many abandoned former mining towns that pepper the American west, Silver City has adapted in the post-mining era to become a home for artists, musicians, writers, and students at Western New Mexico University. Laguna Beach, California ranked at number two, and the number 1 coolest town to visit is Athens Ohio.
A week of campus events aimed to educate the community about gender issues will begin October 16 and run through October 22. Glam Week at Western New Mexico University will feature several events including guest speakers, an art exhibit, a drag show, live music and a standup comedian. Glam Week events are sponsored by The Center for Gender Equity, PFLAG, WNMU’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Programs, Office of Cultural Affairs and Department of Expressive Arts.
Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the conference report for the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Senator Heinrich worked to secure key provisions for New Mexico’s men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The NDAA conference report passed the Senate with a vote of 70 to 27.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement on the Homebuyer Assistance Act, H.R. 3192, which passed the House today by a vote of 303-121: “As I have said before, buying a home is often the largest purchase a family ever makes,” said Pearce. “Unfortunately, this exciting and transformative process for a family can quickly become nerve-racking, if not completed transparently, in an open process. In 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made changes to the existing home buying process that would provide further clarity and simplicity for home buyers. However, the CFPB has not provided the industry with the time it needs to implement these beneficial changes.