Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held a final review of a contract last Thursday morning.  The board members approved the contract with the new emergency room provider, Innova Emergency Medical Associates.  Innova will begin offering services to the ER at Gila Regional at 12:01 am January 1st, 2015.  Innova replaces the current emergency room provider, EmCare.

The Santa Clara Board of Trustees has entered into a grant agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department to upgrade the village’s water system.  Officials will use a $174,000 capital outlay, allocated by the state Legislature earlier this year, to rewire the community’s wells and install a system to automatically turn pumps off when the tanks are full. The pumps are to be converted to solar power.  In other business during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday afternoon, the trustees heard a report by the village’s newly formed Action Committee. Formerly called the Beautification Committee, it was renamed because the volunteer members will plan community events, as well as coordinate beautification activities.

Students of all ages in the Grant County, Luna County and Hidalgo County school districts are invited to participate in an essay contest titled “The Dream: What It Means To Me”.  Essay participants will be celebrated along with other special guests at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration on Monday, January 19 on the Western New Mexico University campus.  For the high school division, a panel of submission readers will select one student participant to receive a paid semester of tuition to WNMU. High school entries should be a minimum of three paragraphs in length. Essays should address what the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. means to the student.  Essay writers from the elementary and middle school levels should submit essays that are a minimum of one paragraph in length. These essays should also address the meaning of the Martin Luther King Jr legacy to each writer.  Essays can be written in any language. Entry deadline is December 1. All entries will be displayed prominently in a public setting on the WNMU campus throughout January and February.