Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Town of Silver City plans to remove two historic trees, one a Silver Poplar and the other a Siberian Elm, from the Silver City Museum Courtyard. The decision was made due to ongoing complaints from a neighboring property owner. Removal is planned for either the fall of 2015 or the spring of 2016. Initial plans call for the trees to be replaced with other shade trees.  The Silver Poplar is a large, healthy tree that is over 100 years old. It is believed to have been planted by the Ailman family, who in 1881 built the historic house that is now the museum. Silver Poplars were commonly planted by early Silver City settlers for shade and cooling, though most have now been removed.

According to Brian Torres, New Mexico Department of Transportation project manager, the NM 90-Hudson Street Bridge Project is on track to meet deadlines.  The department is also working on patching the Truck Bypass Road which is breaking up due to rain and traffic.  The intersection with US 180 is also showing wear, so the department plans to work on it as well.

The Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Auxiliary has proven time and time again to be a vital part of GRMC’s survival. Through thousands of volunteer hours and tireless efforts, one member continues to stand out. Patsy Miller, a longtime GRMC Auxilian, has shown GRMC what true dedication and hard work means.  Patsy Miller moved to Grant County in 1946 with her husband Billy Miller Sr. She began her career at Fort Bayard Medical Center (FBMC) in the 1960s as a nurse.  In 1993, Patsy found herself retired with decades of healthcare knowledge and experience. Patsy, refusing to “stay home and do nothing,” joined the GRMC Auxiliary.  Patsy’s service to this community and GRMC has affected many, and GRMC is proud to have her as part of their team.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) called for clear product standards and good manufacturing processes to combat the health risks of toxic substances in e-cigarettes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes its first regulations of the aerosol-producing products. The number of e-cigarette users – especially among young people – has soared in recent years, but little is known about the long-term health risks for users and the risks of breathing in second-hand aerosol.