Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Blood was reportedly found in a hallway at La Plata Middle School Tuesday night during an apparent break-in at the school.  La Plata Principal, Wayne Mendoza, reportedly told police he spotted the blood when he entered at approximately 6:30 Wednesday morning.  Two windows had been broken on the northwest side of the sixth grade hallway.  More blood was found on the secretary’s desk, as well as a rock which was apparently used to break the glass.  A partial shoe print was also found.  No missing items were included in the report, which sited over $1000 in criminal damage to property.

The New Mexico USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers that assistance is available through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program for producers who have incurred additional operating costs for transporting water to livestock due to an eligible drought.  An eligible drought means that part or all of a county is designated D3 or higher as defined by the US Drought Monitor.  The enrollment deadline for assistance is November 1st.  The livestock must have been owned 60 calendar days prior to the beginning of the drought and be physically located in the county designated as a disaster area due to drought.  To learn more, contact your local Farm Service Agent.

US Senators and Representatives from New Mexico yesterday sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to take prompt action on the State of New Mexico’s recent request for a major disaster declaration to assist with damage that occurred throughout the state during storms and flooding this summer.  Severe storms damaged roads, bridges, a dam structure, and other infrastructure.  The state has requested the federal government approve a major disaster declaration request and provide the correlated public assistance to help with recover efforts and repairs.  Damages resulting from these storms have currently been assessed at $3.93 million.

The Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands on four occasions in 2015 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 19), Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 14-16), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26), and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).  One fee-free remains for 2014: Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. More details about fee-free days and activities on BLM-managed public lands are available at:

A special meeting of the Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education will be held in the Board Room of the Administration Building on Monday, October 6th at 5 pm.  The Board will go into closed session to listen and discuss and employee grievance.  No decisions will be made during closed session.  If a decision is to be made, the board will do so in an open session.  An agenda for the meeting may be obtained from the Superintendent’s office 72 hours prior to the meeting.