Here’s a look at today’s local news:

The Grant County “Complete Count Committee” is actively meeting and planning assistance to implement the upcoming 2020 National Census. The Census, held every 10 years will use primarily online data collection for the first time, that should enable data collection to occur at a much more rapid level. Rural areas present a challenge for the census and a greater effort must be implemented in order to count everyone. The census is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. On April 1st, 2020, “Census Day” is observed nationwide. For more information on the 2020 Census, go to 2020 census dot gov.

Bre Anne Springer, a Western New Mexico University sophomore and Bayard resident, received one of two $1500 scholarships provided through the Kiwanis International Children’s Fund. The scholarship is awarded to students that achieve excellence in their studies, community service, and leadership skills. Majoring in Social Work at WNMU, Bre Anne is also 2017 graduate of Cobre High School. During the Kiwanis Southwest District Convention on August 2nd in Phoenix  Arizona, she was awarded the Kiwanis Southwest District Foundation Kachina award for her dedication to community service and exemplary leadership skills. Bre Anne also serves as President of the WNMU CKI Club, Chairman of K-Family Relations for the Southwest District, and works at Carson Insurance Agency in Silver City. Over the summer, Bre Anne attended a four-day leadership experience in Chicago called SPARK. Only 21 college students from all over the country were selected to attend this specialized workshop.

The Bayard City Council has approved the work for a Little League Concession Stand. The project, according to the Silver City Daily Press, will cost a little over $30,000 and is funded by the Legislature. Little League begins in March and it is uncertain if the project will be completed before that time.