Here’s a look at today’s news:

Aldo Leopold Charter School 8th grade students are attending an outdoor education event this week in cooperation with the Wilderness Ranger District at the Upper End Campground. The students will be learning how to backpack, set up a tent, hang a bear bag correctly, orienteering and map skills, and proper camp hygiene. In addition, students will attend a ½ day on first aid scenarios taught by a Wilderness First Responder, and participate in a service project on National Forest System lands.

According to the World Economic Forum, Americans work an average of 1783 hours per year and 52% of them didn’t use their available vacation days in 2017. The numbers added up to about 300 less than the Germans and approximately 450 less than Mexicans. “Wallethub”, a website that offers free credit scores and credit report, ranked the hardest working states with New Mexico scoring 47 out of the 50 states. The rankings were based on the average number of hours that people work each week, unused vacation time, number of households with no working adults, and young people that are not working nor in school.

The Deming Intermediate School is holding a Scholastic Book Fair until September 7th, Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The school is located at 1750 Pearl Street SW in Deming and the community is invited to attend. According to a release, the sale is to benefit the new school library to purchase quality books for the students. Scholastic’s literary events aim to generate excitement for reading in addition to raising needed revenue for schools. Each book fair features mobile cases full of affordable books based on characters and topics that children love to read about. Scholastic has been bringing books to schools for more than 30 years.

There are lots of special events in the area this Labor Day Weekend! Have fun at the 18th Annual Taste of Downtown on Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., in Downtown Silver City where 17 restaurants, coffee houses and eateries are offering sweet and savory tastes. Also enjoy the “Love Local Celebration” featuring many downtown businesses offering sales, discounts and free drawings. Don’t forget the Grant County Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Society is holding their 35th Annual Gem & Mineral Show during this Labor Day weekend, Saturday, through Monday at the Grant County Veteran’s Memorial Conference Center, located at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City. There is free admission, a large assortment of vendors in addition to daily field trips and educational speakers. Also, The Marine Corps League Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment 1328 is hosting the annual Veterans Picnic on Sunday, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Little Walnut Picnic Pavilion. The event is free to all veterans and their families.

Have a happy and safe weekend!