Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC), the state’s largest physician-owned cancer treatment center, is expanding to Las Cruces. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NMCC already has clinics in Gallup, Silver City and Ruidoso and is expanding into Las Cruces on August 4th. Shravan Narmala, MD will lead the medical oncology care at this new location. A grand opening will be held at the facility on August 22nd from 5:00 to 7:30. The New Clinic is located at 1160 Commerce Drive in Las Cruces.
The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities that provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, as amended, the BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros while working to ensure that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. The BLM removes animals from the range to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population every four years. The solicitations involving long-term facilities are for one or more pasture facilities, each accommodating 100 to 5,000 wild horses. Each pasture facility must be able to provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for a four-year or nine-year period. Contact the Bureau of Land Management for more information.
The USDA Farm Service Agency announced that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program has been extended from August 1st to August 15th. The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires, or colony collapse disorder between October 1st 2011 and September 30th 2013 an additional two weeks to enroll for emergency assistance. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov to learn more.
Rumors that someone’s home was robbed after that person responded to a person’s knock on the door saying they needed a ride to the hospital have been confirmed by officials. Residents are advised not to help anyone get to the hospital if you do not know or trust them. Instead, offer to call for assistance and contact central dispatch, local authorities, or dial 911.
The following Silver Consolidated Schools are participating in a Universal Breakfast and Lunch program for the upcoming 2014-15 school year: Cliff Elementary, GW Stout Elementary, Harrison Schmitt Elementary, Jose Barrios Elementary, Sixth St. Elementary, La Plata Middle School, and Opportunity High School. All meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status. By providing breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge, the school district is hoping to create a better learning environment for students.
The Grant County 4-H Wildlife Team recently competed in the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program in Columbia Missouri. During the trip, the team attended educational activities, viewed a wildlife refuge, toured the Missouri river, and competed against other teams from around the country. Competitions included evaluating a site for wildlife management practices, writing a wildlife management plan, wildlife identification, general wildlife knowledge, and an oral defense for the wildlife management team. The team placed 9th in the nation. Congratulations to the Grant County 4-H wildlife Team.
After careful consideration, Mike McMillan was sworn is as a new member of the Silver Consolidated Board of Education. McMillan has experience in human resources and policy development at Southwest Bone and Joint, where he is an operations officer and athletic trainer. He also serves as a member of the GRMC Foundation Board as a Prospector. He was born and raised in Silver City, and received a master of science in sport administration from UNM. McMillian will hold the position until the January Elections.