Here’s a look at today’s news:

The Bayard Public Library is presenting a free program every Friday afternoon to serve children in the Cobre School District. The program titled, “Mental Matrix”, features education based activities that include science, engineering, and arts & crafts. Since kids in the Cobre district do not have school on Fridays, this program is provided to serve as a valuable resource. In addition, the program is funded by donations from the public and is open for students age 10 and up. For more information, visit the Bayard Public Library page on Facebook.

Freeport- McMoRan hosted the Cobre Start Up Celebration with a ribbon cutting and tour of the new Cobre Mine haul road that crosses the new tunnel over NM Highway 152. Plans for the project to extract ore from Hanover Mountain have been in the making for more than 20 years and included a permitting process, and planning and construction of roads that lead to the mine. Several tour vans took guests to view the area that is being mined and in addition to the large shovel that loads the trucks with ore.  According to a release, the new mine has created 40 to 60 new jobs creating a total of 1400 jobs between Chino, Cobre, and Tyrone mines.

The Annual Rockin’ the Streets Bike Run was held over the weekend in Deming that raised funds for Deming High School Scholarships and honor the memory of Ramon “MoMo” Pena III. Pena died in 2009, due to a single vehicle accident, when after changing his sister’s tire, struck a stray horse on the way home in his compact pickup truck. Over 100 bikers gathered on Saturday and covered five different locations to build the best high and low poker hands in addition to attending a barbeque dinner and participate in a live auction. Many students have benefitted from the scholarships in MoMo Pena’s name, who was only 18 years old at the time of his accident.

The Western New Mexico University board of regents made several decisions on their meeting at the main campus yesterday. According to a release, “the board of regents passed the Revised Capital Projects Transmittal for World of Wings Café to Einstein Bros. Bagels; decided to award the WNMU president’s bonus only on his annual evaluation for 2018-19 per his current contract and forego any additional bonus outcomes; and approved a new mileage reimbursement rate and meal per diem policy for the university.” Vice-President of Student Affairs, Kelley Riddle, presented the Revised Capital Projects Transmittal and added that Einstein Bros. Bagles is scheduled to open later this year in the Brancheau P.E. Complex.