Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
For the fifth consecutive year, Freeport-McMoRan has been named to the “Civic 50” list of most community-minded companies in the U.S., and for the second consecutive year was named the top company in the materials sector. This marks the company as one of 15 U.S. companies who have been named to this list for five years in a row. The “Civic 50” is conducted by the Points of Light Corporate Institute, a resource for companies looking to build and expand effective community engagement programs. A particularly highlighted program that Freeport-McMoRan has engaged in, is a partnership with Discovery Education called “Dig into Mining”, an interactive educational course for 6th through 8th grade children that explores the use of metals and minerals in everyday life.
The 2017 “Southwest Festival of the Written Word”, a community event dedicated to celebrating the written word and to building and fostering a community of readers and writers of all ages, is taking place this Friday through Sunday in Downtown Silver City. Over thirty authors who live and work in the Southwest, will be coming together in more than thirty-five sessions, to discuss their works, writing lives and processes. Festival headquarters will be at 206 Bullard Street and all events are open to the public free of charge. A full schedule and author biographies are available at swwordfiesta.org.
Barbara Perez, was recently named Western New Mexico University’s Employee of the Year for 2016-2017. For more than two decades, Barbara has served in various roles central to the institution’s success, starting in WNMU’s Business Office and moving to Campus Police serving as the Campus Security Specialist. In addition to dispatching, she also works as the records clerk, monitors security cameras, manages the Campus Police Office, in addition to developing budgets, schedules, and reports. With the help of other Campus Police staff, Barbara provides security at events and makes recommendations for improving campus safety. Congratulations to Barbara Perez!
Contestants for the 2017 Southwestern New Mexico State Fair Royalty Pageant will include four contestants in the Pee Wee Division, ranging from kindergarten to third grade. The entries include, Xoe Grado, a first grader at Bataan Elementary School, Aaliyah Gilmore, a kindergartner at Memorial Elementary School, Madison Brooke Grimley, a third grader at Chaparral Elementary School, and Viana Hidalgo, a kindergartner at Memorial Elementary School. The Southwestern State Fair is taking place on October 4th through 8th at the Luna County fairgrounds in Deming.