Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, all schools in the Silver Consolidated School District, except for the Cliff Schools will be closed from Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27.  The Cliff Schools and Administration Offices will be closed from Wednesday, November 25, through Friday, November 27, 2015.  Regular class schedules and business hours will resume on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce that Kasey Brown of Silver City, NM is a member of the Mesalands Rodeo Team for the 2015-2016 season. Brown is a recipient of the Stampede Rodeo Scholarship and competes in the following event(s): breakaway roping and team roping. She is currently ranked in 10th place in team roping in the Grand Canyon Region. Brown is majoring in Animal Science at Mesalands.

The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout® on Thursday, November 19, 2015 is a day when smokers across the nation make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day.  The Department of Health wants to encourage New Mexicans who smoke or use tobacco products to utilize free services available that provide helpful tools to quit and remain smoke and tobacco free.

Fences, dams, roads, and other developments are among the leading causes of wildlife habitat fragmentation, according to a new report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, No Room to Roam: 10 American Species in Need of Connectivity and Corridors, highlights ten rare or endangered species that lack safe, navigable corridors to connect them to important habitat or other populations.  The report includes the rare Mexican gray wolf, whose migrations are impeded by restrictive recovery boundaries that ignore its historic range to the north of the established Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA) and by extensive U.S.-Mexico border security infrastructure preventing movement to the south of the BRWRA. The full report, along with a slideshow, links to photos and species-specific info can be viewed and downloaded from the Coalition’s website: