Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Luna County officials are asking for the public’s patience as Road Department crews work to improve conditions worsened by recent winter storms.  Road Department personnel have been scouring county roads during the first week of the year assessing dryness in order to schedule maintenance and other repairs. Until the maintenance can be addressed, county officials are asking the public to drive slower and be cautious of potholes and other possible damage to roadways, especially heavily used roads.

The Rotary Club of Silver City has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2016 Rotary District 5520 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Successful candidates will attend the RYLA Conference at the Manzano Mountain Retreat this summer at no charge to the participants. There will be a boys’ camp from Sunday, July 17, 2016 to Saturday, July 23, 2016, and a girls’ camp from Saturday, July 23, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016.  The participants will live, work, study, and play together in a democratic setting under the guidance of professional counselors and educators. In addition, guest lecturers and discussion leaders will make presentations on a variety of vocational and community topics.  The Rotary Club will continue to accept applications during the coming weeks until its quota of participants is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 30th to assure consideration for this summer’s program.  Further information about and application forms for RYLA can be found at Anyone interested in obtaining further information should contact Kevin Cook at 575-912-5215, Sunny Yates at 575-313-2200, or any other member of the Rotary Club.

Speaker of the House Don Tripp sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez today calling on the Senate to compromise with the House on a proposal that will stop the dangerous practice of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

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