Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Western New Mexico University recently announced that Dr. Brenda Findley will serve as the next Vice President for Business Affairs.  Findley’s experience includes over seven years as Associate Vice President for Financial Services and Administration at the University of North Georgia, where she oversaw several areas, including the offices of human resources, payroll, and environmental health and safety.    She also served as Director of Human Services at Clayton State University in Georgia, and held several leadership roles at the University of Houston and College of William and Mary.

The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition spoke at WNMU’s Global Resource Center to discuss school policies with community adults.  According to a recent report, Grant County has the highest heroin and illegal prescription drug use among high school teens of any county in New Mexico.  Three teens from the Silver School District related problems they see in school policies regarding bullying, a lack of consistent enforcement of policies, and the fact that the school focuses too much on dress code and not enough on substance abuse.

According to US Health officials, the flu vaccine may be less effective this winter, and may lead to more serious illness than usual.  According to officials, the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year.  CDC officials are still encouraging people to get vaccinated, as the vaccine is still expected to provide some protection against the current strain.

The annual Kiwanis Gazebo lighting and holiday “Sing Off” will be held today beginning at 5 pm.  As part of the lighting ceremony, Kiwanis and Circle K International students will sing songs of the season in competition for cash prizes to go to their clubs’ service projects and charitable contributions of choice.  All are invited out to the lighting and sing-off at Gough Park, beginning at 5 pm.