Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
6 Mexican wolves were released into the Gila Wilderness last week as part of a 15-year effort to reintroduce the endangered predator into the Southwest. Among the released wolves is a female wolf who was recaptured in May and has six pups with no wilderness experience. Numbers from earlier this year show there were 83 Mexican wolves in the wild – 46 in New Mexico and 37 in Arizona.
The latest Youth Mural Dedication will be held at the Murray Ryan Visitors Center this Sunday. Head out to celebrate the dedication of Silver City’s newest mural, completed by the Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Project. The first phase of the mural was completed by Cobre High Students and Jose Barrios 5th graders for the 2012 Clay Festival. The second and third phase of the mural project were completed by Aldo Leopold Middle and High Schools and Jose Barrios Elementary.
The Copper Cowbelles are now taking scholarship applications for the 2014-15 school year. Applicants must be entering their sophomore or higher year in college and be pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. They must also be a graduate of a Grant County High School. The Cowbelles are a non-profit organization whose interests are providing educational information about the beef industry and preserving the western lifestyle. They encourage students studying courses such as range management, animal and veterinary sciences, and agricultural economics to apply.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted a School Trends Training for the Cobre District, instructing students what to do and look for in case there were ever a critical incident at school. The main focus of the training was preparation for an active school shooter incident.
A resident of Hurley was recently arrested at his home after witnesses identified him as the person who was driving a Dodge truck aggressively, recklessly, and with excessive speed causing a motorcyclist to crash. The accident occurred on Highway 180 just north of North Hurley early Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, there was no collision, but the truck attempted to pass another vehicle and failed to see the motorcycle coming. The motorcyclist took evasive action to avoid the truck and lost control of his bike. He was airlifted to an El Paso hospital for treatment. The driver of the truck was charged with great bodily harm with a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and child abuse/endangerment for having his 4 year-old son improperly belted in a booster seat in the vehicle when the crash took place.
Four Grant County Youth recently traveled to Albuquerque for the annual Rooted in Community Summit to promote food justice through sustainable communities, rural and urban agriculture, food security, and racial, ethnic, economic, and social equity. During the Summit, youth learned about media influence on food choices, the impact of access to health foods on rural and urban communities, farm worker rights, organic gardening techniques, growing and cooking culturally relevant foods and much more.