Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Silver City Woman’s Club will serve as Voting Convenience Center for tomorrow’s March 3rd Election for the positions of Councilor in Districts 1 and 3.  The Woman’s Club is centrally located and easily accessible, and voters will no longer have to determine their specific polling location for their Council District.  Any questions regarding the election may be directed to the Town Clerk at 534-6346.

Over 300 girls in the 5th through 8th grades from Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, and Catron Counties participated in Expanding Your Horizons 2015.  The program helps girls to get interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Each girl in attendance selected 3 classes of 20 available options to attend and participate in various discussions including fields ranging from mining and medicine to computer software.

In sports:

The WNMU Mustang basketball team ended the season with an 84-83 win against New Mexico Highlands University.  Brandon Tanter led the Mustangs in baskets with a season-high 25 points.

The Lady Mustangs also defeated New Mexico Highlands in a 51-45 win over the weekend, and clenched the #8 spot in the RMAC postseason tournament.  The Lady Mustangs will travel to Grand Junction to take on #1 Colorado Mesa tomorrow night.

In legislative action:

The House of Representatives passed a budget that increases education funding and directs these funds into New Mexico’s classrooms: including reading coaches, programs to help struggling students, and debit cards for teachers to purchase classroom supplies.  The budget also raises the annual starting teacher salary by $2,000.  Many resources are going toward getting kids to read by the 3rd grade.

Representative Steve Pearce issued the following statement on Friday after the House voted on a pair of bills relating to the funding of the Department of Homeland Security: “In November, the people sent an overwhelming message to Congress that they were tired of an ineffective, broken Washington. One of the most glaring examples is President Obama’s continual unlawful and unilateral actions,” stated Pearce. “Nearly a month ago, the House responded to the people’s calls by passing a bill that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security, while also prohibiting the President’s executive order.  After weeks of delays, the Senate has chosen a different path. They have opted to move forward with a DHS funding bill that allows the President to continue his reckless and unconstitutional actions.”