Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
K-Kids at G.W. Stout Elementary recently held a carwash to raise funds for a cause of their choosing. K-Kids is a service organization for elementary school children within the Kiwanis program that provides students their first opportunity to learn about how to organize events to benefit others. On Saturday, students and faculty advisor Ben Duran washed cars to benefit a classmate who is experiencing health issues.
With winter approaching, the Silver City Ranger District on the Gila National Forest will be implementing seasonal closures for some campgrounds from November 12 to March 31, 2015. Temporary closures include: the Iron Creek Campground, the Lower Gallinas and Upper Gallinas Campgrounds, the Railroad Canyon Campground, the Cherry Creek Campground, and McMillan Campground. Visitors are reminded to be aware of weather conditions and the potential for flooding in areas across the forest. Always follow “Leave No Trace” principles, dispose of waste properly and leave the campsite clean for the next forest visitor. Please always practice campfire safety.
In addition, the Gila National Forest offices will be closed next Tuesday, November 11th, in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday. Offices will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, November 12th.
Volunteers at Sixth Street Elementary partnered with the Silver City Gospel Mission and Road Runner Food Bank to hold a food distribution to benefit local families in need. The distribution helped over 40 hungry families with food on Wednesday, and is expected to be the first of many events that will be held the first Wednesday of every month. The food distribution gives away healthy food – there is no fee to be eligible, and no appointment is necessary.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration announced Wednesday that it will redo a plan for imposing work requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps. The state won’t proceed with regulations it had hoped to implement this month. Instead, the administration will restart the regulatory process but propose the same work-related changes that have been challenged in court. One planned change would have required low-income parents and other caregivers of children age 6 and older to search for a job or take other steps, such as participating in community service, to obtain food stamps. About 455,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, which provide a maximum monthly benefit of $194 for an individual and $649 for a family of four.