Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Orange cones are scattered throughout the 83-acre campus as beautification efforts are ongoing around historic buildings and walkways.  Light Hall, a registered historic building located on College Avenue, and the landscape area around the building are among the most visible areas of construction. Erected in 1927, Light Hall is now home to the School of Business. Remodeling of the building is in its third phase with updates to classroom space, restrooms and office space. The renovations also include interior finishes, insulation upgrades and installation of energy efficient HVAC system and controls. The exterior updates will include upgrades to stairs, rails and window repair to the two-story building.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $365,000 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving and improve safety on New Mexico roads. The funds will support local safety efforts including sobriety checkpoints, seat belt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs.  The department will receive four grants funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grants program.  The funding includes $235,849 to support impaired driving countermeasures, $57,173 for the state’s traffic safety information systems, $6,464 to support motorcyclist safety, and $65,682 to support protections for vehicle occupants.

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced that USDA-Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to help rural cooperative develop. The grants are being made available to non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program.

The New Mexico Restaurant Association, (NMRA), announces the 2015 Hospitality Industry Awards, (HIA), to be held on Monday, September 14th. HIA is a one of a kind awards ceremony celebrating restaurants and their employees across the state. Five awards including restaurateur of the year are given out the night of the event and nominations are now open!  Nominating someone in the restaurant business is a wonderful way to honor those who have demonstrated exceptional professionalism and dedication to the industry. It is an opportunity to honor a colleague’s hard work, great attitude, and exemplary customer service shown throughout the year. Recognize those ideals and actions that keep the restaurant and hospitality and industry thriving in New Mexico!