Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word was held in Silver City over the weekend.  The Festival concluded its free presentations on Sunday with nine additional talks, ranging from freelance writing and the state of the publishing industry to the art of book design and writing song lyrics. The next Festival is planned to return to Silver City in 2017.

In college sports, the WNMU Mustang Football team lost to Fort Lewis College, 34-13 on Saturday.  WNMU will now get set for Homecoming this Saturday against No. 11 Colorado School of Mines beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Orediggers (5-0, 3-0 RMAC) dominated New Mexico Highlands, 51-6 on Saturday.

Going against some of the top running schools around in California, the WNMU cross country teams came in 14th in the women’s race and 15th in the men’s race at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.  WNMU will return to action this coming Saturday when they will run at the Mesa Cross Country Classic in Mesa, Ariz.

Western New Mexico’s volleyball team remained perfect in conference play, 7-0, after a three set sweep of Colorado Mesa University Saturday night. The Lady Stangs used strong defense to get the 30-28, 25-12, 25-23 straight set win.  WNMU is the only undefeated team in the RMAC and will be home this weekend hosting Adams State on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded more than $113 million in program grants to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as “specialty crops,” through research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry.

The New Mexico Lottery saw some changes this weekend with the addition of a 10X Power Play Multiplier, and lowered odds of winning the Powerball.  With the changes to the lottery, players now have a 1 in 25 chance at winning some sort of prize, compared to previous 1 in 31.8 chance.  However, the Lottery increased the number of white balls from 59 to 69, decreased the red balls from 35 to 26, and overall changed the odds of winning from1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.