Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps Detachment 1328 orchestrated this year’s Toys for Tots giveaway, thanks to the generosity of residents of Grant County.  According to coordinator/organizer Danna Lopez, more than 1,400 kids received gifts.

Thanks to strong community support and productive relationships with other agencies, Keep Luna County Beautiful has continued its streak of national recognition for its efforts.  In January, the program will be recognized for its litter prevention efforts by Keep America Beautiful. Luna County is one of only three programs in New Mexico slated to be recognized. Central New Mexico Community College and Tularosa are the other agencies in NM to be awarded.

In sports action, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team held South Dakota School of Mines to the lowest point total of any team this season, the Hardrockers were just able to squeak out the 53-47 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Friday night.  While WNMU (0-9, 0-4 RMAC) limited South Dakota Mines (4-4, 3-1 RMAC) to just 53 points, the Mustangs were only able to shoot 25 percent (14-56) from the field and actually shot better from three point range hitting 6-19 (31.6).

The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team took control early against South Dakota School of Mines and never looked back cruising to the 67-54 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Friday night.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that they included a provision in the end-of-year appropriations bill that encourages the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct long-term monitoring efforts following the Gold King Mine blowout. The accident spilled toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers in New Mexico and Colorado. The provision directs the EPA to coordinate with states and Tribes impacted by the spill to develop a robust plan for independent monitoring, and directs the agency to provide support for states’ and Tribes’ monitoring efforts.