Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Local American Legion Post #18 member Dan McBride has been invited by the French Government to attend the 70th Anniversary celebration of the Normandy “D-Day” invasion.  McBride was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, attached to the Co “F”, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment that parachuted into the interior of France prior to the actual beach landings.  The division’s mission was to disrupt communications, destroy bridges, and attack German barracks in the Normandy Area.  The 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment became known as “The Widowmakers” following the D-Day landings.  McBride left on June 1st for Paris to attend the various ceremonies.

Search and Rescue rescued a Florida hiker on the Continental Divide Trail Tuesday night.  The hiker had left Columbus on Saturday and said he ran out of food and water.  He called 911, and rescuers were able to track the coordinates of his cell phone to recover him.  After a few days of rest and recovery, the hiker intends to resume his trek.

Governor Susana Martinez visited the Grant Motor Inn in Deming this week to speak to local voters about education.  Martinez quoted a recent national report that states New Mexico has the “greatest graduation growth of any other state.  As a state, we grew 15% more graduates.”

The Gold Star Mothers in Grant County will be honored as Grand Marshals in the upcoming 4th of July Parade.  The theme for this year’s celebration will be Stars and Stripes Forever.  Registration forms for the Parade and vendor booths can be picked up at the chamber offices, by visiting the Grant County Chamber of Commerce Website, or by calling 538-3785