Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Notice is given that the Board of County Commissioners will consider the adoption of an ordinance entitled: AN ORDINANCE REPEALING THE 1984 COUNTY OF GRANT EMPLOYEE RELATIONS ORDINANCE, NO. 84-09-04. The purpose of this ordinance is to repeal the 1984 County of Grant Employee Relations Ordinance because it has not been followed for many years and has become unnecessary in light of the Public Employee Bargaining Act. The Ordinance will be considered at a regular meeting of the Commission on Thursday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Grant County Administration Building.
At its Thursday, Sept. 10, meeting the Grant County Board of Commissioners approved the apparent low bid of $2,400,275 for the interior renovation of the Grant County Veteran’s Memorial Business and Conference Center to Stoven Construction of Albuquerque. A proclamation declaring Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, as 4-H Week was approved, however no one was present to accept the honor. A second proclamation declaring Sept. 26, as Walk for Heroes Day was also approved.
Today, Congressman Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 3478, the Luna and Hidalgo Counties Wilderness Study Area Release Act of 2015. The bill would return certain wilderness study areas (WSA’s) in Luna and Hidalgo Counties — deemed unsuitable for federal wilderness designation — to the BLM so that they may be used for other purposes.
A new study from WalletHub shows New Mexico is one of the worst states to give birth. The study looks at expenses such as a crib and stroller, as well as ongoing costs including formula and diapers. The data set used to compare the 50 states and DC uses 21 key metrics accounts for budget considerations, health care quality, and the baby friendliness of each state. New Mexico came in at 41 out of 51, with a 29 in budget rank, a 30 in Baby-Friendly environment rank, and a 40 in Health Care Rank. The best state to have a baby is Vermont, and the worst is Mississippi. New Mexico also has the highest cost given for both Cesarean and Conventional Delivery Charges, and the lowest number of pediatricians per capita.
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: “Today, we join together to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11. We remember those who lost their lives or were injured, and we honor the first responders who selflessly risked everything to save others. From firefighters and emergency personnel rushing to the rescue, to New Mexicans giving blood and donating money to the families of victims, our nation reacted to an act of hate by showing courage and compassion for one another. We are a nation bound together by our ideals, and we must remember that spirit of community and always uphold our commitment to support our first responders, service members, veterans and their families.”
Silver City Radio offers a special thank you to our local firefighters, law enforcement, ems and first responders, as well as all our retired and acting military personnel on Patriot Day.