Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Aldo Leopold Charter School’s “Grant County Summer of Science” program is starting June 1. This community wide program supports several organizations, schools, libraries and businesses in their efforts to expand opportunities for Informal STEM Education programming for students in Grant County.

The City of Bayard will be constructing chip seal street improvements beginning on Monday, June 8, 2015. The project may continue through July 31, 2015. Please make sure all vehicles parked on the streets are relocated to your properties. Should any vehicle be parked on the street during the construction time, the vehicle will be towed at the expense of the owner.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is conducting statewide public meetings about proposed changes to bear and cougar hunting rules.  The department reviews rules for hunting bears and cougars every four years and encourages public involvement as the State Game Commission considers new regulations.  A meeting will be held in Silver City Thursday at 6 pm at the Grant County Administration Center, County Commissioner Meeting Room.

The Associated Press is reporting that, thanks in part to a combination of back-to-back spring showers, less wind, and late-season snowfall, drought conditions have been eased in most parts of the state – and nearly one-third of the state is drought-free.  Reservoir levels around the state have improved.  Elephant Butte has about 30,000 acre-feet more water than this time last year.  Recent rains have also boosted soil moisture levels, but New Mexico is still trailing the levels recorded before the multiyear drought took shape.

New Mexico communities, schools, civic organizations and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit applications for grants to plant trees. The New Mexico Forest Re-Leaf Program is an environmental education and tree-planting grant program that provides up to $6,000 for tree planting projects on public lands.  More information is available at