Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bayard Branch of First American Bank yesterday, and the Silver City Branch of First American Bank earlier today.  AmBank recently merged with First American Bank, which has served New Mexico since 1903.  First American Bank Market President Michael Trujillo cut the ribbon at the Bayard Branch yesterday, after guests were invited to the ceremony by the Star Spangled Banner, performed by the Cobre High School Band.  The Silver High Band played at today’s ribbon cutting as well.

The Silver City Police Department has initiated bicycle patrols in the downtown area.  Two officers applied for the new duty.  Three weeks ago, the officers received training in Scottsdale Arizona.  Training included maintaining the bike, cycling history, mounting and dismounting in a high-risk situation, maneuvering, and use of a sidearm.  The team will primarily patrol Bullard and Hudson streets and the connecting side streets, and large events will also be a priority.  The Police Department also purchased 10 new police cruisers for the force, for a total of $335,000.  8 of the new Dodge Chargers are already in use, while the remaining 2 await logos and final inspections.

Dan Lere, Superintendent of Deming Public Schools, recendly announced that the new Deming Intermediate School will be built at the intersection of Pear Street and Hermanas Grade on the southwest side of Deming.  Building at this site could save the school district nearly $2 million as opposed to other proposed sites, which would require the school to either pay for a change in the intersection to make it safe for buses, or hundreds of tons of fill dirt to level another spot.

Dollar General and Wal Mart both reported receiving anonymous bomb threats on Monday.  The callers demanded the stores fill five green dot cards with $500 loaded on them, or the caller threatened to set off a pre-placed bomb inside the store.  Upper management was notified, and the police were called and reported to about the incident.