Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

There is currently once again an opportunity for a student from Grant County to spend the 2016-17 school year abroad under the auspices of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. These students are ambassadors who exchange cultural experiences with families, Rotarians, and other students in their host country. They also have opportunities to gather and explore their host country with other exchange students from around the world who are participating in the program.  The Rotary Club of Silver City has been an active participant in this program, has hosted exchange students during each of the last several years and is currently sponsoring a student studying in Finland.

Western New Mexico University is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month with several events planned between September 15 and October 15. Most events are free to the public and center around food, culture, music, history and current political issues.  Events include the Mariachi Fiesta de la Gente, the Best Tasting Salsa Contest, Mexican Independence Day Lunch, Dia de Cuentos, and a free showing of Innocent Voices at the Light Hall Theater.

Behind solid scores from Bobbi Pierson and Cheyenne Molina, the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team opened the 2015 fall season currently tied for seventh after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational hosted by CSU-Pueblo at the Pueblo CC on Monday.
The Lady Mustangs fired a 326 to tie with Lubbock Christian. Wayland Baptist holds a three-stroke lead on the field with an opening 309. The top RMAC school in the field is Metro State University Denver as they are tied for second with a 312. Metro State’s Cha Cha Willhoite leads on the individual side with a 72, holding a slight one-stroke advantage.

The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating 15 confirmed cases of Salmonella Poona infection in New Mexico that appear to be linked to eating garden variety cucumbers grown in Mexico. The department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Mexico Environment Department, the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and multiple state health departments as a part of an ongoing investigation of 285 confirmed cases nationally from 27 states. The cucumbers were sent to grocery stores and restaurants in New Mexico and other states through a non-New Mexico produce distributer.