Here’s a look at today’s local news:

Cursten Blanton, a soon to be graduate of Silver High School, has received the Silver City Association of Realtors Scholarship. Cursten, has served several terms as a Grant County 4-H Council Officer and most recently as the 2018 President. In addition, Cursten achieved A/B honor roll throughout her high school years and earned an Academic Letter from Silver High School. She plans to attend New Mexico State University in the fall to begin coursework in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science to become an extension agent.

The Mimbres Culture Heritage Site will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer as the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation announced it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching tomorrow, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2nd, Labor Day. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.

Bataan Elementary school fifth-graders earned enough through candy sales this year to enter a team in the 14th Annual “Celebration of Life Cancer Walk” in Deming earlier this month. The team was the largest entered in the event and in addition, they won the “Best Flag Award.” The event raises funds to aid local cancer patients with transportation to out-of-town medical appointments as well as providing services locally to patients and their families.

Leaders at Holloman Airforce Base have indicated that a draft of an environmental impact statement for airspace optimization may not be released until later summer or early fall this year. The Air Force is addressing the impact of military aircraft flying over the Gila National Nation Forest, portions of Grant County, and other area communities. Susan Beck, US Air Force Colonel (retired), has been serving as a resource in sharing information from the Air Force to the local public.