Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. There is no better way to help those struggling with these diseases than to give blood as blood transfusions can save so many lives. United Blood Services will be in Silver City, September 3rd from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Billy Capser Wellness Center and Friday, September 4th from 9:30am to 3:00pm at Gila Regional Medical Center. To make an appointment please call (575) 527-1322.

Earlier today USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to present a certificate of obligation that allows the AppleTree Educational Center to expand its services.  Brunner presented a $240,000 certificate of obligation to allow AppleTree Education Center to purchase the facility it currently leases.  By buying the building AppleTree will now be able to keep its national STAR 5 level of accreditation.  Also, the purchase will allow the school to add another eight thousand square feet of classroom space. By doing so the school will be able to expand its services and retain is current enrollment without displacing some of the students.

According to a release sent to Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Inc. Community Partnership Panel members, the company has revised operating plans at several of its U.S. operations.  “Chino Mine will see no changes to our current mine plan,” the release states. “The mine plan at Tyrone will temporarily reduce the mining rate by 50 percent. The transition has begun.”  The reduction will cause an approximate reduction in the mine workforce of 210 jobs to be implemented in the coming months. Because Chino will see no changes to its plan, and has about 100 openings, those holding jobs at Tyrone that will be eliminated are encouraged to apply at Chino or at other Freeport-McMoRan operations in Morenci, Ariz., and Climax, Colo. The company is offering early retirement at Tyrone for those eligible, before implementing any involuntary reductions.  The release emphasizes that Freeport-McMoRan will continue its community engagement programs, although they face potential reductions.

The Bayard City Council will conduct a Special Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Bayard City Hall. Items on the agenda relate to approval of the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan Resolution and acceptance of letter of resignation. A copy of the Agenda in its entirety may be obtained at the City Hall Administrative Office during regular business hours by the Friday before the scheduled meeting date.

The Grant County Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce Office, 500 18th St., Watts Hall Room 214, Silver City.