Here’s a look at today’s local headlines:

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Luna County, hosted a community event to take part in the “Day in the Young Child March” held in recognition with National Childhood Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. A proclamation was given by Deming Mayor, Benny Jasso, recognizing “the contributions each child places to the community and that every child is entitles to be loved, cared for, nurtured, and feel secured.” CASA awarded certificates of recognition to members of the community that include: Cristina del Palacio as Educator of the Year; Pepper’s Supermarket for supporting children and the community; Gina Gentile, as Foster Parent of the Year; and Sixth Judicial Court Judge, Jennifer Delaney, for being a true advocate for children and families.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter will be hosting a free presentation titled, “Communications and Behaviors”. The presentation emphasizes the importance of communication in caring for people with Alzheimer’s.  As people with the disease progress further into their dementia, it can be increasingly difficult for their caregivers and loved ones to communicate effectively with them and to understand the behavioral expression they seem to rely on instead of “using their words”.  This presentation will help caregivers gain an understanding of how the disease affects their loved ones behavior and ability to communicate, and identify effective strategies for addressing the behaviors and communicating appropriately. The event is scheduled for May 14th from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the Silver City Senior Citizen Center.

County Manager, Charlene Webb, and other officials discussed the rural justice system in Grant County during the Grant County Commission work session this week. Topics included an assessment of the “Stepping Up” jail diversion program, bail bond and pretrial release reforms. The “Stepping Up” program is a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. In addition, there was discussion for the need of improved screenings for indigent and employment services for defendants after they are releases from the detention center.

The Catwalk National Recreation Trail, located on the Glenwood Ranger District is now open. Visitors are advised that there continues to be high water at both low water crossings. In addition, the following warnings still exist: navigate the low water crossing with four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles only; do not attempt to cross the road on foot; and look out for large debris in the channel. If there is large rocks or debris in the channel, do not attempt the crossing.