Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Southwest Solid Waste Authority was awarded two of four statewide awards last week at the annual New Mexico Recycling and Solid Waste Conference.  The Southwest Solid Waste Authority was named the recycling facility of the year, and Lawrence Grijalva received the award for recycling employee of the year.  According to a release, the Southwest Solid Waste Authority has made significant efforts over the past several years to expand the services it provides to the community and, at the same time, become more financially solvent.

The Kiwanis Club of Silver City recently honored students at local schools with the first Terrific Kids recognition of the new school year.  On September 17th, 25 students were honored at Harrison Schmitt Elementary School.  22 students were honored at G.W. Stout Elementary.  Each month, Children are presented with a special certificate and a “goodie bag”.  Students are chosen by their teacher for being “thoughtful, enthusiastic, respectful, responsible, inclusive, friendly, inquisitive and capable.”

US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced yesterday that 11 community colleges in New Mexico will receive nearly $15 million in federal funding to provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help New Mexican adults advance into high-wage careers.  The funding is provided under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training competitive grant program, and will allow the colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in the health care industry.

PNM says a 1-800 number with a recording that sounds just like the real toll-free PNM number is a fake and is a scam aimed at taking your money.     The caller said the customer would be disconnected if they didn’t pay up right away. The number used was a 1-800 number that was NOT a PNM phone number.  The fake number has a recording that sounds similar to the real thing and a customer could easily be fooled.

A fourth applicant to provide essential air service to the Grant County Airport was contacted by local officials to hear the proposal and ask questions.  The owner/CEO of Mokulele Airlines, Ron Hansen, said his company flies Cessna Grand Caravans, which carry nine passengers, flies below 10,000 feet, and would have a blocked flight time of 1 hour and 35 minutes between Silver City and Albuquerque.  Currently, Mokulele Airlines has essential air service in Hawaii, and wishes to expand air services to the mainland.  They currently have 76 pilots, and would prefer to staff with local pilots.  The Grant County Commission has invited public feedback on essential air service during their upcoming October 7th meeting.