Here’s a look at today’s news:

A remembrance for our local deceased veterans will be provided this Saturday when more than 3800 wreaths with bright red bows will be placed on markers at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Over 600 individuals, organizations, families, and businesses have sponsored these fresh green balsam wreaths shipped directly from Maine.  “The Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony” will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp on December 16th.  The program’s speaker will be Dean Bearup with music provided by the Hi Lo Silvers. All are invited to attend this ceremony to share a meaningful and lovely way to remember our veterans during the Christmas season.

The investigation continues involving a Deming Public School secretary’s alledged skimming of funds from the school district amounting to $130k according to a special audit. The amount in question may include $35k collected from students for computer fees, mishandling of purchase cards and charge accounts, not depositing checks, refusal to give receipts for collected cash and other suspicious purchases in addition to the shredding of some receipt books. The audit also found evidence that funds were moved from some accounts to cover expenditure requests from teacher activity accounts that had negative balances partly due to a potential skimming fraud activity.

The Silver City Ranger District is planning to burn piles beginning today as weather conditions permit. The locations of these burns are as follows: Signal Peak, Aspen Park area and the Fort Bayard Administrative site, planned for the week of December 18th. Smoke from the Signal Peak burn may be visible from Lake Roberts and on New Mexico Hwy 15, north of Middle Creek. The smoke from the Ft. Bayard burn may be visible at Crumley Ranch, throughout the Fort Bayard trail system and possibly Santa Clara.

The Silver City Museum is holding its 33rd Annual Victorian Christmas open house tomorrow night, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Entertainment in the holiday spirit will be presented throughout the and will feature live music performances from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Children of all ages will be delighted by a special visit from Father Christmas, teamed up with Literacy Link-Leamos to share gifts and books, and are invited to participate in hands-on activities. This year, holiday goers will be able to create their own cornucopia Christmas ornament to take home. Museum staff in period clothing will be taking photos with the public. Guests are also invited to explore the 50th Anniversary of the Silver City Museum in the exhibition Fifty Years Ago in Silver City, as well as the semi-permanent exhibitions on the second floor.