Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed today as” Adult Falls Prevention Awareness Day” in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Health recently reported that the state’s death rate from falls among adults ages 65 and over has declined more than 12 percent in 2016 from the 2015 rate, when New Mexico had the fourth-highest older adult falls rate in the nation.
Grant County commissioners approved an ordinance allowing off-highway vehicles to operate on paved county roads. The commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance and drafted several final changes, many of which are more stringent than the state statute requires. ATVs are all terrain vehicles that are usually meant for one or two riders. UTVs or “utility task vehicles” which are commonly called “side by sides”, are off-road vehicles that can seat between 2 and 4 passengers, and are designed for rougher terrain and hauling. Just like in a vehicle, law enforcement must have probable cause to stop a person on an ATV or UTV.
The Honorable Judge, Daniel Viramontes, was a guest speaker at Ruben S. Torres Elementary School in Deming last Monday, to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day. This was the 230th anniversary of our nation’s founding document. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, having become citizens.
The Southwest Festival of the Written Word Grant County’s biennial literary festival, will be held September 29th through October 1st.The event will feature at least 30 presenters and writers from the region who represent a variety of genres. Presentation spaces will include Downtown Silver City locations in addition to the Silver City Public Library and WNMU. For more information and event schedules, visit swwordfiesta.org.
Members of the Grant County Commission recognized, Boy Scout, Oscar Lopez, for his striping of spaces in the Administration Center parking lot, a project he chose to earn his Eagle Scout award. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Only four percent of Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Congratulations to Oscar Lopez, for his well earned achievement!