Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Grant County DWI Program recently presented New Mexico State Police with a video camera.  The camera was purchased to be used during the drug recognition evaluation process, for evidentiary collection on individuals suspected of driving under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs.  The camera was presented to NM State Police Lieutenant Robert McDonald by Cindy McClean, Grant County DWI Prevention Program Coordinator, Heidi Ogas, DWI Planning Council Chairwoman, and Kathie Hunt, DWI Planning Council Member.

The Small Business Development Center is offering Free Breakfast and Business Counseling for Military Veteran Entrepreneurs this Sunday at Watts Hall.  A veterans’ benefit counselor will also be on hand for veterans and their families.  To register, or for more information, call 538-6342, or email

This week, the US Department of Agriculture announced several of the steps it is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way.  The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) service will offer financial assistance for herbicide resistant weed control practices that utilize Integrated Pest Management plans and practices.  Later this year, The NRCS will be soliciting proposals under the Conservation Innovations Grants program for innovative conservation systems that address herbicide resistant weeds.  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will actively promote use of best management practices in design protocols for regulated authorized releases of genetically engineered crops.  And the USDA is partnering with the Weed Science Society of America and is providing funds to develop education and outreach materials for various stakeholders on managing herbicide-resistant weeds.

The Silver City Arts and Cultural District distributed hundreds of Silver City branded balloons during the 43rd Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The Balloon Fiesta attracts nearly 900,000 attendees annually.  With help from the New Mexico Tourism Department, the Arts and Cultural District was able to hand out 500 balloons, in hopes of drawing visitors to the area.  In addition, a vacation prize drawing was held which offered the lucky winner a two-night stay at the historic Murray Hotel and meals at Millie’s Bakehouse, Dianne’s Restaurant and Parlor, and Shevek & Company Restaurant.  Future Silver City Tourism promotional efforts include events and festivals in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona throughout the year.