Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Gila Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen recently completed roughly 80 miles of trail clearing both inside and outside of the Gila Wilderness, including 32 miles of the Continental Divide Trail.  The Back Country Horsemen of America has chapters in more than 25 states, and has 8 chapters in New Mexico.  The purpose of the Back Country Horsemen is to perpetuate the commonsense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s wilderness, to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use, to assist in maintenance and management of public lands, to educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country by horsemen and the general public, and to foster and encourage the formation of new Back Country Horsemen’s organizations.

The Silver Consolidated School Board Met on Tuesday evening.  After a closed session to receive an audit exit report, the public session began a little after 6 pm.  James Sherwood, the new president of the Silver City Education Association, pointed out that there were still three outstanding grievances to be resolved, and said the union would continue to listen and resolve issues. Superintendent Lon Streib informed the board that Literacy First had been in each school during the past week.  Other topics included Common Core, problem solving with students, and displaying of student work in the halls.

Topics of discussion at the Bayard City Council meeting involved plans to improve drainage structures along a portion of McKee Street which repeatedly sustains water damage.  Councilors also approved amendments to a city ordinance governing the newly created municipal cemetery.  Construction of the cemetery is nearing completion, with only an entry gate and signage needing to be installed.

The WNMU Board of Regents voted on Tuesday to approve a new four-year contract for President Joseph Shepard.  The contract extends his tenure through June of 2018.  In other business, Regents voted to begin the process of introducing a new Master of Science degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership.  Administered by the School of Nursing, the new graduate program will be the first program of it’s kind in the State of New Mexico.  Courses will be administered through a partnership with NMSU and UNM.