Here’s a look at today’s news:

The Copper CowBelles have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Silver High School graduate, Lindsey Ashinhurst. Lindsey, a former student at the University of Arizona, has now enrolled at Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Business. According to a release, Lindsey stated, “My primary goal in my career is to stand up for the values of cattle ranchers and use my education to expand the market for cattle. In the two years of undergraduate studies I have remaining, I am eager to continue to develop career-ready skills and knowledge that will allow me to contribute to the agriculture industry of New Mexico.” The Copper CowBelles award scholarships annually to local youths pursuing agriculture careers, in addition these funds are a primary mission of the Copper CowBelles who actively promote the beef industry and educate consumers. Congratulations, Lindsey!

The two final winners of the 39th Annual Great American Deming Duck Race were announced last weekend in a combined total of 122 in both the wet and dry track categories. Aintza Castaneda, a 13- year old eighth grader from Red Mountain Middle School, reigned supreme on the wet track Sunday morning. According to Aintza and her Dad, Victor, their winning strategy was to handle the duck carefully and with kindness. The dry track championship was won by Kyanna Munoz, a 4- year old first grader from Bataan Elementary School. Last year, Kyanna and her Dad, Osvaldo, won the same race together. Each winner received a cash prize of $1380.  Overall, it was reported that the event had a large turnout in addition to more vendors than previous years.

Gila Regional Medical is pleased to announce that their “MediTech 6.15” upgrade was fully executed and completed successfully. CEO, Taffy Arias, noted that the upgrade was planned and adhered exactly to specifics as detailed in the hospital’s Strategic Plan. The upgrade will allow the Nursing Department to access more efficient medical documentation and in addition, for the hospital to take advantage of the new “Promoting Interoperability Program” that is now required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The upgrade was completed without any errors or down time and at no time was patient safety ever compromised.

The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee will be meeting from Wednesday, September 26th through Friday the 28th for the southwest portion of the state. The first meeting on the 26th , will be held at WNMU in Silver City starting at 9:00 A.M. The morning session will include presentations from WNMU President, Dr. Joseph Shepard, NMSU President, Dr. John Floros, and in addition Dan Hicks, CEO of  Spaceport America, will issue a report. Presentations in the afternoon will include presentations by the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership. The program for Thursday morning will focus on education, featuring the Public Education Department Secretary, and other education leaders from southwest New Mexico. The group will then travel to the City of Rocks for lunch, and continue meeting through Friday at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center, located at 2300 East Pine Street in Deming. All meetings are open to the public.