Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The NMDOT cannot confirm rumors that NM 152 will be open by Friday.  Crews are working diligently to open the roads as soon as possible, and will keep the public informed of the progress.

The last day for Early and Absentee voting in Grant County will be Saturday, November 1st.  Early voting hours for the week are Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm at the Grant County Administration Building.  Early voting hours at the Bayard Community Center are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.  Tuesday, November 4th, Election Day hours will be from 7 am to 7 pm at Voter Convenience Centers throughout Grant County.  Voting centers are listed at  In Luna County, the last day for early voting in the Clerk’s Office is Saturday, November 1st from 10 am to 6 pm.  Alternate Early voting at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center will be available Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Rotary Club of Silver City is seeking talented, enthusiastic student leaders to apply to attend the 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp next July. RYLA is an intensive week-long training camp that brings together youth and adults to develop character and foster leadership, expand self-confidence, share career information and skills, promote friendship and fellowship and learn more about Rotary. Successful applicants are high school juniors who have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement and who have proven leadership potential. Selected campers will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Silver City. For more information, contact Kevin Cook at or by calling (575) 538-9001.

A new project, Public Trees for Public Health, will plant orchards in twenty neighborhoods in Grant County during the coming year. The orchards will be located in areas with little or no access to existing community fruit trees or edible plants.  Public Trees for Public Health Project was funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Grant County United Way for $5,000. The project originated with Grant County Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC), an endeavor of the Grant County Community Health Council to promote healthy eating and active living with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The Public Trees for Public Health Project will bring an abundance of healthy fruit to Grant County neighborhoods, while adding trees to the desert landscape to attract pollinators. Project funds will also be utilized for drip irrigation systems and water catchment specialists to insure the trees prosper in the region’s dry climate.

The Bayard City Council on Tuesday moved forward on two major infrastructure projects.  Officials approved a grant agreement to obtain funding for replacement of all city residents’ water meters with devices that can be monitored automatically.  The project, which is to begin in January, also will include replacement of a main waterline on Railroad Street.  On another matter, councilors awarded a general engineering services contract to the Silver City-based Engineers Inc. The company will plan and design a new street crossing, entailing installation of a culvert, to connect East Street with the intersection of Stewart and Foy streets.