Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Gila Regional Medical Center Hospitalist Dr. Sherpa is the recipient of the Emergency Staffing Solutions Medical Director of the Year Award. She was chosen from 55 other ESS medical director nominees from across the country.  All nominees were reviewed by a panel of 15 directors and executives, 12 of whom voted for Dr. Sherpa. “We are pleased and proud to have Dr. Sherpa on our team,” stated Dan Otero, GRMC chief administrative officer, “we would like to congratulate her on this wonderful accomplishment.”

The local American Legion Post donated a brand new flag to the Santa Clara Cemetery this week.  Post member and Veteran James Knight, Jr. learned that the cemetery needed a new flag from Santa Clara Cemetery Committee member Elizabeth Esparza. She and her husband, Richard Esparza, have been working to clean up the cemetery over the past 11 years, since the death of their son, Richard Paul Esparza. Their son is buried in the Santa Clara Cemetery.

Thirteen states, including New Mexico and led by North Dakota, filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela announces 15 rural economic development projects were selected to receive Local Economic Assistance & Development Support (LEADS). The newly created LEADS program will leverage $176,260 to supplement the work of local communities in their efforts to diversify their economy and create good‐paying jobs that have a multiplier effect.  The Southern Luna County Economic and Community Development Corporation received $5,000.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe’s Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.