Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

At the Friday, Oct. 23 meeting of the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, members learned that GRMC, along with most of the country, is experiencing reduced volumes of surgeries because persons insured under the Affordable Care Act, in many cases, can’t afford the higher copays and deductibles the ACA requires.

Western New Mexico University will be offering a free flu vaccine clinic on Friday, October 30 in the School of Nursing Building.  Members of the public as well as university students and employees can take advantage of this clinic offered for two hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants, if applicable to them, are requested to bring their Medicare, Medicaid or insurance card for review.

Despite 526 yards of offense by the Western New Mexico University football, Austin Ekeler was too much to handle for the Western State Colorado University Mountaineers as he went for 344 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground to lead Western State Colorado University to the 45-28 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

Although the Western New Mexico University volleyball team was close in each set, they couldn’t quite break through as the Regis University Rangers claimed the 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 28-26) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Saturday night. It’s the first home loss for the Lady Mustangs this season after winning the first seven.

The No. 21 Western New Mexico University men’s golf team continues to make their climb towards the top at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five. Following the second round on Saturday, the Mustangs fired the third-lowest round of the day with a 282 to move to fourth.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants that will help more than 1,100 rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is for energy efficiency improvements and/or renewable energy systems. USDA is financing projects in every state, as well as in the Virgin Islands, the Western Pacific and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement on the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762, which passed the House today by a vote of 240-189: “Obamacare continues to fail the American people. From increasing costs of healthcare for families, limiting patients’ options, and reducing overall employment around the nation – Obamacare is not in the best interest of New Mexican families. Unfortunately, despite the demands of the American people and the continued efforts of the House, the Senate and President have chosen not to act and replace this harmful law.

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