Here’s a look at today’s news:

Western New Mexico University has created a food pantry located in the P.E Complex which is available for students, faculty and staff on campus. Assistant Dean of Student Activities, Abe Villarreal, and Student Life began working on the program last spring to address the issue of student food insecurity for students on campus. They applied to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico and was approved in August to become a designated food distribution site. Food choices in the pantry include soups, ramen noodles, peanut butter, canned vegetables, and other non-perishable items. Student Life orders food once a month from Roadrunner Food Bank and has also received donations from the Gospel Mission, and the Great Race. The pantry is open from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and in addition, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Thursdays.

The Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest is planning on igniting 5,200 acres for broadcast burning starting in mid-October through early November.  The two broadcast burns are planned for Chimenea Springs and Freeman Mountain. The Chimenea Springs prescribed burn is an estimated 1,000 acres located on Slaughter Mesa approximately 6 miles southeast of Quemado Lake Subdivision and Quemado Lake Recreation Area.  The Freeman Mountain prescribed burn is an estimated 4,200 acres and is located in the East Centerfire area approximately 8 miles northeast of Luna. Both prescribed burns are located in Game Unit 15 and the district is requesting that visitors avoid hunting or camping in or along these two project areas due to increased fire related activity.  Both prescribed fire areas will be signed in advance of implementation.

Luna County Clerk, Andrea Rodriguez, has announced that voter registration for the November 6th General Election will close at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 9th and all qualified electors duly registered on or before October 9th are eligible to cast a ballot. The first day a voter may cast a paper absentee ballot or vote on an electronic voting system in the clerk’s office is Tuesday, October 9th, and the last day for early voting in the clerk’s office is from 10:00 A.M.  to 6:00 P.M. on Saturday November 3rd. Voters may request an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them by being Friday, November 2nd. For more information, call the Luna County Clerk’s Office at 575-546-0491.

Vice President of the James Hamilton Construction Company in Silver City, Sterling Hamilton, has been selected among 32 individuals from 12 New Mexico communities to participate in the 2018-19 “Connect New Mexico Program” for Leadership New Mexico. “Connect New Mexico” was created to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico’s systems and structures work, and explore the issues facing the state. Leadership New Mexico was founded in 1995, and has provided a non-partisan perspective on a series of statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement. Congratulations to Sterling Hamilton!