Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The first order of business for the Grant County Water Commission was to appoint the chairman and vice chairman. Silver City Town Manager Alex Brown was approved to remain as chairman and Hurley Mayor Edward Encinas will serve as vice chairman.  As this was the first meeting of the year for the group, the members approved the Open Meetings Act resolution.  The main topic for the meeting was to discuss further funding for the regional water project.  This week, surveyors are delineating the well field, which will take water to Hurley.  The project received $2.1 million from the Interstate Stream Commission’s New Mexico Unit Fund,” which the state is receiving from the Arizona Water Settlements Act allocation.

Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch signed an agreement with the state of New Mexico at a special village council meeting yesterday.  The agreement is for the village to do emergency weed abatement and pothole repairs to improve the site for safety and aesthetically.  The village will be working with volunteer groups and city crews to keep Fort Bayard from deteriorating further.

The New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has been selected to continue participating in a $3.8 million federal grant program from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for connecting veterans with knowledge and resources needed to succeed as small business owners.  The funding enables NMVBOC to counsel, train, and provide assistance, comprehensive business assessments and mentoring to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs as well Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty service members. The New Mexico VBOC is managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, which helped create the center in 2012 to help veterans with their small business needs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared April National Garden Month. Throughout the month, USDA will celebrate the contributions of home, school and community gardens in providing healthy food for the table; pleasant surroundings and recreational benefits for people; and beneficial habitat for wildlife across the Nation.

Deming High School FFA team recently traveled to Las Cruces for the State FFA Career Development Events.  31 students on 10 teams qualified to competed, and the Agronomy Team brought home the state championship for the second year in a row.  Congratulations to these students.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 4 in Deming has reorganized the “Kick for Nick” campaign in honor of US Army Private First Class Nick Madaras.  Madaras was killed in action in Iraq in 2006, and “Kick for Nick” is a memorial campaign to keep his soccer legacy in the hearts of young people.  The Auxilliary provided soccer balls to Bell Elementary School students after the balls were donated through various businesses and organizations.