Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

School starts Thursday, August 13th for the Silver Consolidated School District.  May of our kids will be walking or riding the school buses to school.  Please slow down and watch out for children.  If you approach a stopped school bus with the flasher on and the stop arm out, please stop and stay back a safe distance.  Never pass a school bus with the flashers on and the stop arm out no matter what.  Go slow and watch the crosswalks for kids.  Please be cautious and keep our kids safe.

At a Silver City Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the PNM Resources Foundation recognized the recipients of the 2015 PNM Power Up Grants from the Southwestern New Mexico region. The company awarded almost $90,000 to five local nonprofit organizations to fund projects designed to build vibrant communities. The Southwestern area grant recipients are: Fort Bayard Restoration and Development Coalition – Silver City, LifeQuest, Inc. – Silver City, Silver City Museum Society Corporation – Silver City, Sherman Family Charitable Foundation – Deming, SPIRIT of Hidalgo – Lordsburg.

With a merger of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations of Northern New Mexico and Southwestern New Mexico, as of Jan. 1, 2015, the capacity of the new organization, called Big Brother Big Sisters Mountain Region, has grown, as they will share a single strategy in order to best serve the state’s youth in 17 counties.  In a press release announcing the merger, Mountain Region Chief Executive Officer Andrea Fisher Maril said: “We believe this will benefit kids from both the northern and southwestern parts of the state. By centralizing financial and administrative services we’ll be able to match more kids in life-changing relationships with caring, committed, carefully screened mentors.”

Two French visitors died hiking in southern New Mexico Tuesday, a day temperatures reached 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The pair died on White Sands National Monument’s Alkali Flat Trail. A child in the group was found alive, rescued and treated for heat exposure by emergency personnel.

Today, Governor Susana Martinez encouraged New Mexico families to take advantage of the annual tax-free weekend, which will save them money and prepare their children with clothes and supplies to return to school this fall.