Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

According to Assistant Town Manager James Marshall, the NM Department of Transportation has scheduled a $6 million street improvement project for Hwy 15 from Hwy 180 north to 32nd Street to begin in 2017. Marshall outlined the work in his presentation of the town’s Pavement Management Plan to town council. Improvements will include paving, sidewalks, storm drains, curbs, signage, and striping.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 hosted the Americanism Essay Contest in Grant County again this year. The essay contest has been promoted to school children from third through twelfth grades on a National level by the American Legion and Auxiliary for more than 50 years. Awards were presented to Grant County students with winning entries at their respective schools on Wednesday, May 4.

The City of Bayard began the Water Meter Replacement Project today.  Contractors will work from 7 am to 7 pm on Monday through Friday, and the project is expected to run for 90 days.  Residents will be notified before water is turned off for the meter replacement, and interruption of water services should only take 15 to 30 minutes.  Interruption of service will not be prior to 8 am.  Contractors will identify themselves during resident contract, but any residents who needs help with the identification of the contractor is advised to contact Bayard City Hall at 537-3327.

With the start of summer, NMSU Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service Agronomy and Horticulture Agent Jeff Anderson offers advice for mosquito-proofing your yard: get rid of standing water around your home, don’t overwater your yard, and water in the morning so the soil has time to dry during the day, use mosquito repellent that contains DEET, plant eucalyptus or lavender to repel mosquitoes, wear light-colored clothing, set up CO2 mosquito traps, and purchase mosquito control products early in the season so the stores don’t run out.

Governor Susana Martinez recently announced the 2016 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge, which helps students maintain and improve their reading skills over the summer months when they aren’t in class.