Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The 39th annual National Institute for Social work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference held at WNMUs campus this week is wrapping up today after last night’s banquet.  15 lectures have been offered across the campus to over 70 visitors from across the US.  Silver City was proposed as host town for the National Conference at the 2012 conference, and has drawn visitors from as far away as Vermont.

A recent string of burglaries has hit Grant County.  So far, four residences have been burglarized.  Stolen items include firearms, appliances, computers, alcohol and cleaning supplies.  The burglaries may be unrelated due to the variety of locations, but anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department, Grant County Regional Dispatch, or Crime Stoppers.

New Mexico saw a very dry June, but the onset of monsoons has led to an-above average precipitation in the first two weeks of July.  Still, most of New Mexico has reported receiving less than 50% of average precipitation so far this year.  Despite a drop in water storage at Elephant Butte lake, storage in New Mexico stands at 23 percent of capacity, which is greater than the 17 percent it was last year.  Despite the increased rains, most of New Mexico remains under moderate to exceptional drought – 77 percent of the state is designated as severe, and most of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties are in extreme drought.  Thankfully, however, forecasts point to above-average precipitation for the next three months.

A small two-seater plane went down seven miles north of Columbus yesterday morning, but thankfully both passengers were spared.  The pilot walked away from the crash, and the woman with him was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The plane reportedly began having engine problems before it went down.  The pilot reportedly made every effort to land at the nearby Hacienda Sur Luna air park, but crashed in the desert nearby.

The Kiwanis Club of Deming needs your help to keep the Christmas Light Parade going.  Help keep the lights on by going to Pepper’s Supermarket this Saturday, July 19th from 8:30 to noon for Kiwanis Christmas in July Bake Sale.  They will also be accepting donations to help pay for the goodie bags Santa gives to each child.  Any donations are appreciated.  Show your support of Kiwanis by going to the Christmas in July Bake Sale, this Saturday from 8:30 to noon at Pepper’s in Deming.