Here’s a look at today’s local news:

Students from Deming High School have taken part in entering the “Vans Custom Culture 2019 High School Shoe Customization Contest”. Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around specific themes. The winning school will receive $75,000 for their art program. People can go online and vote for their favorite school’s entry until May 3rd at custom culture dot vans dot com.

Local governments have issued proclamations on behalf of the Grant County Community Foundation and the Southwest New Mexico Non-Profit Coalition that represent 54 non-profits participating in “Give Grandly, Give Local Day.” The proclamations state that local non-profits are an important benefit to the community and enrich the lives of everyone. The participating non-profits cover many needed services that include: health and human services, literacy, work skills, education and scholarships, art and cultural activities, environmental advocacy, animal welfare and more, according to a release. The “Give Grandy-Give Local Fair is being held on Saturday May 11th in Downtown Silver City.

Administrative members of the Silver Consolidated School District traveled to Cliff last week in order to meet with the community and discuss issues facing the Cliff School. Principal, Clifford Thompson, has submitted his resignation and as of this time, applications for the position have been submitted and have been tapered down to five candidates.

According to the Gila National Forest, he Royal John Mine and Mill environmental cleanup is now well underway on the Silver City Ranger District of the Gila National Forest. The repository for the waste has been constructed in Cowboy Park and trucks are now hauling waste rock from the mine and placing it in the repository. Fifty-ton articulated dump trucks are being used to transport the waste material on a narrow single lane road. The Royal John Road is closed to the public about 7 miles up from its intersection with Highway 61 during the construction work week. It is open from Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. to Sundays at 9:00 p.m. for public travel. Access to the businesses and private property on the lower portion of the Royal John road is not affected by project activities.  However, it is vital that the public respect the road closure as several near misses were reported last Saturday by people ignoring the closure and driving around the barricades. This first phase of environmental cleanup is expected to be completed by June 28th with the second phase being planned for next year.