Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Three members of the Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Department received their Firefighter I-II certifications at a recent Grant County Commission meeting. Buck Burns, Edward Downard, and Lawrence Ruben completed weeks of training and examinations in the field and classroom to achieve this important certification, that in addition, will assist the department to secure future funding. Congratulations to all.

A Hurley police officer has been charged with one count each of battery on a household member and false imprisonment after an incident that occurred at a residence in D Street in the early morning hours of September 16th. Nathanael Fischer, a new officer in the Hurley Police Department, was reported to be having an argument with his girlfriend. Judge Mark D. Thomas is set to hear the case after three other judges recused themselves. Fischer was hired to the Hurley police department in August of this year after serving at the Grant County Detention Center for six years.

The Southwest New Mexico State Fair is coming from October 4th through 7th at the Southwest New Mexico Fair Grounds in Deming which kicks-off with a Pee-Wee Princess Pageant on October 5th at 6:30 P.M. This year, the Pee-Wee division is featuring four contestants who are in grades 1 through 3 and include: Aaliyah Gilmore, a 6-year old at Memorial Elementary School; Viana Hidalgo, a 6-year old first grader at Memorial Elementary School; Camila Contreras, an 8-year old and third grader at Memorial Elementary School; and Xoe Grado, a 7-year old and second grader at Bataan Elementary.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Carlsbad Field Office has invited the public to provide comments for a draft of future public land management actions in Eddy and Lea County along with portions of Chaves County. The area being considered is comprised of approximately 6.2 million acres of in the three-county area that includes about 2.1 million acres of public surface lands and 3.0 million acres of Federal mineral estate managed by the BLM Carlsbad Field Office. Some New Mexico ranchers are concerned that a change could restrict their land from commercial use for farming and ranching. The current draft plan has five alternatives in addition to a no action option that would leave in place the current plan enacted in 1988.

Early voting for the midterm general elections begins on Tuesday, October 9th and runs through November 3rd from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Grant County Clerk’s Office located at the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City. Residents that are not registered to vote or would like to make a change to their registration have until Tuesday, October 9th by 5:00 P.M.