Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Gila Regional Medical Sleep Team earned a 5-year accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  The Sleep Lab at GRMC met or exceeded standards for professional health care.  Standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  The GRMC Sleep Lab provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment for a variety of sleep disorders, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and shift work disorder.

This fall teachers can apply for several different transportation grants for fieldtrips to NM State Parks. NM State Parks invites schools and teachers to apply for transportation grants to take school children to State Parks during the 2014-15 school year. The State Parks Division has formed lasting partnerships with schools and teachers. Previous grant recipients are encouraged to apply again, and State Parks is also seeking first-time applicants who are willing to commit to participate in the Outdoor Classroom Program.  Outdoor Classroom Program trips must be to a New Mexico State Park and a list of parks is available at The applicant must be a teacher or representative of a public or public-charter school within a New Mexico school district. The strongest applications are those that most clearly link classroom study with the proposed field trip. Teachers may plan one or more field trips, but cost will be a selection consideration.

The City of Deming will be conducting city-wide sweeps looking for overgrown weeds as part of the city’s beautification and maintenance activities.  Thanks to an average of six inches of rainfall during the month of September, the city has had several problem areas that have required workers to go and cut down large weeds.  Residents are encouraged to do some lawn maintenance.  City code enforcement officers will be out searching the city, and residents who receive a notice from the city code enforcers will have 10 days from the date on the notice to comply with the notice.

New Mexico was recognized last week for outstanding achievement for the Unemployment Insurance Tax and Claims System.  The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has awarded New Mexico a 2014 Outstanding Information Technology Achievement Award in Digital Government.  New Mexico is the first state in the nation to integrate and launch both the tax and claims systems simultaneously.  According to Governor Susana Martinez, the system is “a critical tool to offer better customer service to employers and those seeking unemployment assistance.  The award helps recognize the dozens of people who have worked so hard to make this new system a success.”  The New Mexico Unemployment Insurance Program is now ranked among the top ten performing states for timeliness and quality measures.