Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Western New Mexico University plans to develop a unique student-mentoring program if at least $133,000 is raised through a matching campaign initiative with the state of New Mexico.  New Mexico has made available $400,000 to help WNMU provide the mentorship and research opportunities, if the university raises $133,000 before March 1. For every $1 raised, the state will provide $2.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.  To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application.

Chris Aquino has been selected to operate the Silco Theater located at 311 N. Bullard Street in Silver City. Aquino brings extensive experience to the position.  Aquino was a manager at the Real West Cinema in Silver City, where he ran the projection room, kept track of inventory, ordered marketing materials and procured films for screenings. He worked at the Century Rio 24 in Albuquerque as a projectionist. In addition he was active in the Western New Mexico University Film Society and facilitated several film classes for the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning.

In statewide news:

The state of New Mexico is missing out on potentially hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to assist the state with the collecting and reporting of crucial documents for the FBI database that processes gun background checks.

Pediatricians in New Mexico are turning away patients looking for vaccines because they have run out of supplies provided through the state Department of Health and paid for by private insurance companies.

Two of the most powerful leaders in the New Mexico legislature met Thursday to take the first steps in breaking the deadlock over driver`s licenses that keeps the state out of compliance with the federal Real ID Act.