Here’s a look at some of today’s local news:
During theSilver City Town Council meeting this week, Rheganne Vaughn, the Director of Government Affairs for the Universal Waste System in New Mexico discussed plans for beginning waste pickup operations in Silver City. According to the Grant County Beat, the new company will begin waste pickups on September 2nd. In addition, staff is becoming familiar with Silver City streets and drivers are completing their driver safety training. Residents will be receiving a postcard next week that will explain the new system.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a group of 194 individuals were reported to be entering the United States illegally near the Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base adjacent to the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in Hidalgo County. According to a media release, Border patrol agents encountered the individuals that were comprised of families and unaccompanied juveniles from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. One child traveling with a parent was reported to have had the flu and has since been treated at a local hospital and returned into Border Patrol custody.
A new LED lighting system has been installed at Western New Mexico University’s Ben Altamirano Field, home of the Mustangs football team. Lynco Electric from Las Cruces installed the new lighting that will reduce energy costs and have a 25-year warranty. Each LED light is covered with a hat to reduce light impact in the surrounding neighborhoods. This season, Mustang football will have three night games beginning at 6:00 P.M.
The League of United Latin Americans Council 8003 of Silver City presented its 35th Annual Scholarship and Awards celebration at a banquet held at the Thomas B. McDonald Student Memorial Building cafeteria located on the campus of Western New Mexico University. A total of eleven Grant County students received scholarships valued at $1000 each.