Here a look at today’s news:

During an arraignment on Monday, Filemon Varela, pleaded not guilty on charges originating from a drive-by shooting that occurred on December 14th in Silver City. Law enforcement received a call that shots were being fired near the Shady Grove Mobile Home Park. In the area of 12th Swan Street, officers found a vehicle containing firearms whereby Varela was the driver and Regan Morales was the passenger. Varela is currently under house arrest.

The Silver City MainStreet Project and Arts & Cultural District will be holding the next Community Coordinating Council Meeting featuring Dr. David Scarborough, Assistant Professor of Management at the WNMU School of Business. According to a release, “Dr. Scarborough will discuss Studio G, the School of Business Virtual Business Incubator. By becoming a Studio G site under New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, Western New Mexico University supports university students and recent alumni interested in becoming entrepreneurs.  Studio G clients are given access to an online entrepreneurship curriculum, licensing advisement, intellectual property consulting, library materials, funding opportunities and other support. The meeting and presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 14th at 9:00 A.M. in the conference room at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center located at 201 N Hudson St in Silver City.

Thomas F. Stewart was officially sworn in as Division 1 Grant County Judge by Lordsburg Attorney and former Sixth Judicial District Court Chief Judge, Manuel Saucedo. The ceremony took place last Friday at Silver City’s District Courthouse. Stewart graduated from Cobre High School, attended New Mexico State University, earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, and then graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1985.

The Luna County Board of County Commissioners has named, Chris Bice, as interim county manager. Bice, was currently serving as the Luna County Detention Center Director. The previous interim county manager, Glory Juarez, submitted her letter of resignation on February 21st. The county commission has been seeking a new county manager since former manager, Ira Pearson, was dismissed last October after the Luna County Magistrate Court determined probable cause in his alleged involvement in a county embezzlement case. The Luna County Commission is currently seeking applications for a permanent county manager.