Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The board of directors for the Great American Duck Race is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2017 event will be “Our Railroad History.”  The plan is to have a duck wearing a railroad cap waving from the Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce locomotive station on Pine Street.  Any ideas the public has for the logo design are invited for presentation at the January board meeting.

Richard Reed, 40, of Silver City, had a warrant issued on Nov, 16, by Grant County Magistrate Court for his arrest. Reed is charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a debit card of another, two counts of forgery, three counts of identity theft, and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card.  The charges stem from the use of stolen debit cards to purchase a 55-inch television, a Samsung phone and a Strait Talk Unlimited prepaid phone card at Walmart on Oct. 18.

According to a Silver City Police Department document, Ruben Torrez, 30, of Silver City, was arrested on eight counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possessing methamphetamine, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The USDA is offering five tips on avoiding foodborne illness during the Thanksgiving Holiday: One, Don’t Wash the Turkey – thoroughly cooking the meat kills any bacteria that may be present, but washing the bird can cause the bacteria to spread up to three feet away.  Two, Use the refrigerator, the cold-water method, or the microwave to defrost a frozen turkey.  The refrigerator is the safest way to defrost, and takes 24 hours for every 5 pounds of weight.  Three, use a meat thermometer, which is the only way to determine if the turkey or any meat is cooked properly.  Four, don’t store food outside, even if it’s cold.  Animals both wild and domestic can consume or contaminate food that is stored outside, and temperatures vary outside heating storage containers to above the recommended 40 degrees.  And Five, leftovers are good in the refrigerator for up to four days.  If you don’t use them right away, it is best to move them into the freezer.

New Mexico State Parks is proudly joining other states by waiving fees on Black Friday in support of retailer REI and a growing number of other organizations who are encouraging people to spend more time outdoors. New Mexico State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use fees for all 35 state parks on Friday, November 25, 2016.