Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Due to yesterday’s thunderstorms in southwest New Mexico, five new fires were detected in the Gila National Forest. Fires include the 3-acre Alex Fire and 0.1 Acre Corduroy Fire in the Black Range, the 4-Acre Roberts Fire and 0.1-Acre Bailey Fire in the Wilderness District, and the quarter-acre Horse Fire in the Silver City District. All five fires are staffed and are being worked to fully suppress the flames.
Luna County 4-H members won a host of events at this year’s district contest in T or C. The competitions where students received high points included Novice and Junior Entemology, Junior Livestock Judging, Junior Wildlife Judging and Novice Home Economics Presentations and Sewing II contests. For the second-high scores: Junior Crops Judging, Novice Public Speaking, as well as Junior Light-Rifle competition and Junior Archery for second-high team. Novice division free-style archery and Novice Archery division competitors brought home fourth-high. The district competition included 4-H teams from Luna, Catron, Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Sierra and Socorro Counties.
Governor Susana Martinez announced the awarding of $750,000 in scholarship funds to New Mexico higher education institutions to help make college education more affordable for New Mexicans. These scholarships will be given to students in awards of up $1,000. The funding will also be expanded to include fees, books, and supplies. The funding, which will be available for Fiscal Year 2015, is a $250,000 increase from funding levels in past years. The New Mexico Higher Education Department will also be expanding eligibility to more qualified students at New Mexico’s universities and community colleges that receive these scholarship awards.
Western New Mexico University’s (WNMU) President Joseph Shepard will present the 2014 President’s Award to the Silver City League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 8003 on Saturday, July 26 at WNMU. The council will be honored for their longtime community service to Grant County and New Mexico. Through more than three decades, the LULAC Council 8003 has offered scholarship awards to students in Grant County who wish to continue their studies in higher education. To date, the council has awarded more than $200,000 to deserving students.