Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation announced grant recipients of the 2016 Community Investment Fund. Nine nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $362,150 at an awards ceremony held today at the WNMU Student Memorial Building. The 2016 grant recipients include: the Town of Hurley- $40,000 for the Regional Water System; the Village of Santa Clara- $45,100 for a splash park; Silver Consolidated Schools- $90,250 for the SADDLE Program; Grant County- $20,000 for Helping Seniors Stay Healthy; Silver City MainStreet- $15,000 for the Plaza/Farmer’s Market; Opportunity High School- $83,500 for Vocational Education; The Imagination Library of Grant County, Inc.- $15,000 for Just Imagine!; the Southwest Center for Health Innovation- $26,000 for MCAT+ DAT Summer Academy; and the Southwest Christian Center- $27,300 for Project AIM 2016. The Community Investment Fund Committee cultivates and selects programs to receive financial support based on established criteria to address the priorities identified by the community and strives to assist in the success of recipient programs.
Four students who exemplified leadership in the classroom and in the community will be inducted into the Student Hall of Fame for 2016. The 2016 inductees are Dylan Contreras, Lawrence Garcia, Omar Lopez and Chyler Imai.
The Aldo Leopold Charter School Governing Council held a special meeting Monday evening, April 25, 2016 to address the budget and to discuss negotiations for a facility for the school’s middle school. The calendar for the upcoming school year was discussed, and a preliminary budget was presented. Action items on the agenda included support of the board for moving forward on negotiations for the building; the approval of the school year calendar and accepting the salary schedule as presented. They also moved to accept budget adjustment requests of an addition of $6,692 to the Title II funding.
The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division announced today that events will be held statewide during Heritage Preservation Month, established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. State preservation offices, historical societies, local preservation groups, parks and municipalities host events throughout New Mexico and the nation during May. An events calendar is posted on HPD’s website: nmhistoricpreservation.org.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) welcomed passage of their bill in the Senate Commerce Committee aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The senators, all members of the committee, introduced the Youth Sports Concussion Act earlier this year to help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims made by manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales.