Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Beau Bassett, an Alaskan cyclist, will bike for 45 days and nearly 1,700 miles visiting schools and community youth organizations along the way in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.  Bassett will begin his 2014 Points of Light Bike Ride in Silver City on September 11th.  He is currently in Silver City to do community outreach for student volunteerism and leadership.  Bassett will be reaching out to youth serving programs and schools and recognizing excellent Silver City based youth volunteer services activities at the Aldo Leopold High School, Grant County 4-H, the Volunteer Center, and the Grant County Youth Volunteer Corps.

A new theatre troupe, the Silver City Community Theatre, is now open in Silver City.  The troupe promotes enriching, educating, and entertaining the Silver City and Grant County Community by providing a broad range of live theater experiences.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate for any number of theater jobs from acting to props, costumes to lighting specialist.  The first performance of the Silver City Community Theatre will be A Twilight Christmas, an original One-Act holiday comedy.  Open auditions for the play will be held in October.  To learn more about the new community theater, email Phyllis at or call 654-0196.

Tomorrow, September 9th, is Protect Your Groundwater Day. Started by the National Ground Water Association, Protect Your Groundwater Day is the perfect time for every household to act to protect this resource. The Protect Your Groundwater web page,, provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination. Here are a few suggestions from the Office of the State Engineer:  When it comes to hazardous household substances, store them properly in a secure place and use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Dispose of them safely (if in doubt as to how, contact your local waste authority.)  When it comes to water conservation, modify your water use. Install a water-saving device like a water-efficient appliance or faucet and showerhead flow restrictors.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department announced today that the National Main Street Center has reaccredited and licensed the department to host and operate the New Mexico MainStreet Program for another two years. New Mexico MainStreet works to revitalize and redevelop the local traditional or historic town centers around the state. The state MainStreet program provides resources and services to local affiliate communities that establish a public-private community economic development partnership focused on their traditional commercial district.