Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

After a short work session by the present members of the Silver School Board, the main session began with the introduction of a candidate the board had selected to consider as a replacement for the open board seat.  Anthony Gutierrez stated his qualifications: which included work for non-profits, budgets, direction of up to 33 employees, contract negotiations, projects at local, federal and state levels, grant writing, 23 years in administrative work, and an interest in helping those students who wanted to be able to work on high school graduation.  Upon a board motion and vote to accept him, he was then sworn in and seated with the other board members.

This year’s Hero of Health is Vicki Johnson, the creator of a home-visiting, educational program for first-time parents that’s been replicated across New Mexico, announced Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma Health Foundation’s executive director. This is the sixth year Con Alma, the state’s only private foundation dedicated solely to health, has recognized a person who makes an incredible contribution to improve the health of New Mexicans.  Con Alma chose Johnson among 17 nominees. Nominees included state legislators, volunteers, nonprofit directors and advocates for the homeless, cancer services, health-care access and minority population.  In honor of this year’s hero, Con Alma is providing a $1,000 donation to the First Born Program of Grant County, the original New Mexico program site. Johnson established First Born in Grant County in 1997 to nurture strong relationships between families and their newborns through free, weekly home visits and customized curriculum to first-time parents and children from birth to three. There are 12 First Born programs in New Mexico.

The staff of Snappy Mart, Food Basket, Silver City Beverage Company and Wrangler’s Bar and Grill would like to invite the community to come out and enjoy a warm Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season.  Please join them at the Knights of Columbus hall, 1301 North Swan in Silver City, on Sunday, November 23rd from noon to 4 pm.  Santa Claus will be giving toys to good little girls and boys, there will be live music by Jericho, and To-Go boxes will be available.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One will need to expend the time period for work currently on going along a section of NM 152 at mile marker 30.1 that was initially closed in September of 2014 due to flooding. The NMDOT has crew members working diligently in order to have the roadway passable and safe for the traveling public.  The NMDOT should have all restrictions lifted by the end of business Friday November 21st. Motorists and cyclists  are encouraged to proceed with caution as loose gravel still remain on various sections of this route and to obey all traffic notifications and speed limits especially as workers continue work on NM 152 and in any work zone.