Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Travel Management Rule will go into effect on Silver City and Glenwood Ranger Districts on January 1, 2017. The rule has already been in effect for Reserve, Black Range, Wilderness, and Quemado Ranger Districts since July 1, 2016. The Silver City District employees are out on forest lands identifying roads and trails to open for motorized use. The District is preparing for implementation by posting signs, in advance, due to seasonal employees being laid off, winter weather, and upcoming holidays. The motor vehicle use map is available free of charge at all Gila National Forest Offices or online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/gis/USFS_Southwestern_Region_MVUM_Repository.html.
Local author Catalina Claussen has learned that her debut young adult novel, Diamonds at Dusk, is a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona book awards. This place-based novel set in Southwestern New Mexico is designed to connect with rural teen readers.
The 12th annual Gila River Festival took place this weekend in and around Silver City. Events included speakers, field trips, and the Monsoon Puppet Parade, which traveled along Bullard and Broadway on Saturday afternoon.
The Cobre School Board met yesterday to discuss the 2016-17 budget, which returned unchanged from the state. They also heard about a Keep New Mexico Beautiful grant, which will be used to plant trees, shrubs and flowers on the grounds at Snell Middle School. A working sundial will also be included. The board was reminded that, as this is an election year, San Lorenzo is being used as a polling place on November 8th.
More than 80 million people tuned in to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off, setting a new record in the sixty year history of televised presidential debates. 80.9 million viewers tuned in across 12 of the channels that aired live, and over 2.5 million watched live streams on YouTube. By comparison, the first Obama-Romney debate in 2012 averaged 67 million viewers. The previous record was held in 1980 between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan just before the election, where viewership was 81 million.