Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the largest financial aid organization for Hispanics in the United States, held its inaugural National Leadership Conference in Los Angeles last weekend, inviting 100 undergraduate students to attend from a pool of thousands of HSF Scholars.  Four students from New Mexico were selected, including two from Grant County: Jaime Miguel McCarthy, Silver High class of 2012, and Regan Ramos, Cobre High class of 2013.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will be chip sealing on NM 11 in Deming next week. There will be a road closure on NM 11 from Florida Street to Pear Street. All commercial traffic will be detoured at Rock Hound through Country Club. Detour signs will be posted.

Connie and Jim Zawacki will once again sponsor the 9-11 “Patriots’ Day Memorial” for the seventh year in a row.  Jim Zawacki said. “We all need to make sure all of the Citizens of Silver City/Grant County are always reminded of the “3,478 Lives Lost On September 11, 2001. As done in the past, and will continue this year, we will be honoring our present day Heroes.  Military, Fire, Police and Emergency Responders will all be invited as our special guests. There will be Honor Guards, Color Guards, Posting of Colors, Patriotic Music and Benedictions throughout the Memorial period.”

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced S.1998, the Middle Class Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically (CHANCE) Act, a bill to increase access to affordable post-secondary education for low- to moderate-income students. The bill would address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants by adjusting them for inflation, reinstate year-round Pell Grants, and increase the number of eligible semesters to 15.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.  The new commodities eligible for facility loans include floriculture, hops, rye, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, meat and poultry (unprocessed), eggs, and aquaculture (excluding systems that maintain live animals through uptake and discharge of water). Commodities already eligible for the loans include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, oats, peanuts, wheat, barley, minor oilseeds harvested as whole grain, pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas and dry peas), hay, honey, renewable biomass, and fruits, nuts and vegetables for cold storage facilities.