Here’s a look at today’s news:
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification at Camp Thunderbird on the weekend of May 18th through the 20th. Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants will test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and archery on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff. The camp is open to youths ages 11 and over who are accompanied by an adult. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Registration for this camp opportunity opens April 16 and closed on April 30th. Go to wildlife dot state dot nm dot us for additional information.
WNMU’s 51st Annual Great Race will run from April 15th through the 21st with special events planned every day of the week. The event began as a yearly tradition in the Spring of 1967 when a group of resident students wanted to get outdoors and have some fun. According to the legend, that first year, they raced down Rhoda Road on bed mattresses. The following year, they formalized the race, creating teams and — inspired by the Indiana 500 — encouraging students to build their own cars. Now organized by the Mustang Entertainment, Western New Mexico University’s student programming board, Great Race has grown into a huge event and demonstration of school spirit over several activity-filled days. Visit entertainment dot WNMU dot edu.
The Deming City Council reported on current work and future plans regarding the re-designing of Voier’s Pit Park, at their regular meeting this week. A liner is being installed along with 3,000 feet of new walking paths. Other plans include the creation of a recreational pond filled with purified moving water to prevent mosquitoes. The long- term goal of the project is to allow recreational fishing at the park.
The Bayard branch of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will be closed until further notice due to the resignation of the former clerk, Samantha Fletcher. City-Clerk Treasurer, Kristina Ortiz says that applicants for the position will be require background checks, fingerprinting, extensive training and certification. New Mexico legislators put into place “Real ID” measures in 2016 that have caused pressures to comply with federal standards.