Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

In cooperation with the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18 and donations from the public, the Silver City Police Department have prepared five turkey baskets to present to needy families in the community.  Baskets include turkey and all the trimmings, and the receiving families were recommended by schools and others who thought families were in need of help.  The Silver City Police Department will partner with the American Legion again for more baskets at Christmas.  Donations for the Christmas baskets are welcome at the Police Station, 1011 North Hudson Street.

In sports action, the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team gave Division I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all they could handle Monday night. The Lady Mustangs had a lead after the first quarter and were down just two at halftime before the Islanders came back to take the 57-42 victory in exhibition action.  The Lady Mustangs will be off for Thanksgiving and return to action at home Monday, November 30th, against Eastern New Mexico University.

Junior Deandra Williams posted back-to-back double-doubles and thus collected Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday.  Williams posted a pair of double-doubles against University of the Southwest and Angelo State. She led the team in scoring and rebounding in both games. For the week she averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds, while also tallying two assists and eight steals in 30 minutes per contest.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity (CAP Entity) that initiates a process to thoroughly evaluate the full range of proposed water management alternatives for the upper region of the Gila River and examine their impacts and costs.  “Today’s announcement sets out the framework for the evaluation of the Gila River Water Project and important related considerations, like the exorbitant cost to New Mexico taxpayers. However, based on all the analysis to date, it is hard to imagine a dam or diversion project on the Gila River that is not irresponsibly expensive as well as destructive to other economic and resource values. In addition, serious engineering questions continue to dog this proposal.  I encourage the public and all stakeholders to stay engaged on this issue and continue to share their opinions, concerns, and additional information with my office.”