Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
After a quarantine due to chickenpox, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has once again resumed deportation of illegal immigrants back to Central America. Immigrants are given an opportunity to present their case in court, arguing whether they have any kind of reason to stay in the US, such as asylum, and the courts decide whether they get deported after hearing the case. Around 600 women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador had been held in Artesia under the quarantine, but it is currently unclear how many remain.
The August 12th deadline for air service in Grant County passed without an airline making a proposal. Previously, Grant County had two to four flights per day to and from Albuquerque, but currently, Great Lakes Airlines, Grant County’s air service provider, offers only one flight daily to Phoenix. Numerous people in Silver City have complaints about the flights offered to Phoenix, as opposed to Albuquerque, but without a proposal from an airline, the Grant County Airport could lose assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Essential Air Service Program.
Debbie Maldonado, Director of Adult Education Services for WNMU has been elected as president-elect for the New Mexico Adult Education Association. The NMAEA supports the 26 adult education communities throughout the state. As president-elect, Maldonado will work with members of NMAEA, assist in coordinating conferences, and provide advocacy for adult education programs to state and federal agencies.
According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the unemployment rate in Grant County stayed about the same, only going up from 7.7. percent in June to 7.8 percent in July. Luna County reached 15 percent unemployment, and continues to top the jobless list in New Mexico. 6.9 percent of the work force were looking for jobs last month in Hidalgo County, up from 6.5 percent in June. According to online job listings, multiple positions are available with the Town of Silver City, GRMC and HMS, and the new CVS Pharmacy, among others.
Former Lone Mountain 4-H member, Kinsey Fisher was awarded a $500 scholarship from the 4-H Club. While in the Lone Mountain 4-H Club, Kinsey held the office of President twice, attended numerous State and National 4-H competitions, and served on the Grant County 4-H Council and Advisory Committee. Former members are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they are in their second year of college and have been a member of the Lone Mountain 4-H in good standing. Kinsey Fisher is a 2013 graduate of Silver High school and is enrolled at NMSU pursuing a degree in Ag Biology.