Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Tour of the Gila continued yesterday with the stage two Inner Loop Road Race.  Optum presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies, uniquely set up with both a dedicated women’s and men’s team, earned victories with Canadian, Annie Ewart, and Boulder, Colorado-based, Eric Young.  Young showed he could maintain position on the climbs despite being known as one of the U.S.’s top sprinters. Young took the race victory with Travis McCabe (Team Smartstop) in second and Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) in third.The women’s overall top 3 remains unchanged after today’s race with Abbott still leading overall, Abigail Mickey (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) in second and Jasmin Glaesser (Optum) in third.  The men’s overall top 3 also remained unchanged Rafael Montiel in first place, Boivin in second place and Montiel’s teammate Cristhian Montoya Giraldo in third place.

In a crash on a descent around Pinos Altos, at least two cyclists received injuries. Anthony Canevari of Canyon Bicycles Shimano was airlifted to El Paso with a broken pelvis.  Julian Kyer of Team Smartstop had a possible broken collarbone, although Rebecca Reza, public relations, could not confirm the injury.  Reza did confirm that Nicolas Masbourian, a Canadian riding for Silver Pro Cycling, dropped out of the race. He was one of the badly injured last year, receiving a broken jaw in the Tour of the Gila crash near Glenwood that took out several racers. Masbourian was trying to make a comeback, but this was only his second race since the injury, and he made the decision to stop.  Sixteen racers have dropped out for various reasons.

Two large lottery prizes join a long string of big winning tickets sold at Shell Foodmart at 2045 E. U.S. Highway 180. On April 28, a $250,000 winning Emerald 7s Ruby 7s Scratcher™ ticket sold at Shell Foodmart was redeemed by Silver City resident, Anndrea Arsola. And, on April 16, four Grant County co-workers redeemed a $30,000 Hot Lotto ticket that was also sold at the same location.

The New Mexico Senior Olympics Summer Games will take place in Roswell from June 3rd through the 6th.  Spectators are free to watch as seniors 50 and older compete in a variety of athletics, including Tennis, Cycling, Badminton, Swimming, Bowling, Frisbee, Archery, and Pickleball.  A full spectator schedule is available and or on our website at

Western New Mexico University will join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) as a full member beginning the fall of 2016.  The Mustangs have participated with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 2007. During that time, several programs including golf and tennis have earned conference titles and made post-season appearances.  The Mustangs currently participate in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, football, softball and volleyball. All programs would continue to participate under the new conference. Additional programs that participate in the conference include soccer, baseball, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

Calum Hill, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Golfer of the Year, can add All-RMAC Academic Golfer of the Year to that list. Hill, along with Harry Wetton were named to the First-Team, while Thomas Neve, Ben Skinner and Daniel Young made honor roll as the academic teams were released Thursday.

The Juniper and Pinon Campgrounds at Quemado Lake on the Gila National Forest will open for the summer season Friday, May 1. Camp hosts are in place and the potable water and dumping station will also be available. The El Caso #2 camping area will remain closed to the public until May 18, 2015. Employees held their annual clean-up day at Quemado Lake last week in preparation for the opening. The campgrounds will remain open until September 30.