Here’s a look at today’s news:
Western Bank donated $1,000 to the Gila Regional Medical Center that will be earmarked to support the Hidalgo Cancer Fund established at Gila Regional Medical Center. The funds were raised by the Western Bank of Lordsburg employees to assist the Hidalgo County residents in their fight against cancer. Western Bank also has a similar program in Grant County to assist residents in overcoming cancer.
School officials from Silver Consolidated and Cobre Consolidated School Districts, in addition to school personnel and educators from Gadsden Schools, Lordsburg and Reserve, attended a crisis management training session presented by FEMA’s National Training and Education Division. The program of instruction was created by the “All Hazards Training Center” at the University of Findlay Ohio. Since 1986, “Findlay All Hazards” has trained over 220,000 professionals in a wide range of safety, security, emergency preparedness and response, and environmental management workshops. The class brought law enforcement and educators together to understand what each would need to do to help the other in a major crisis situation.
The New Mexico State Forestry Division Conservation Seedling Program has chosen Deming as one of their seven distribution locations across New Mexico. Thousands of seedlings are available online through April 13th, which will be delivered to Deming. Landowners who own an acre or more of property in New Mexico can purchase 60 different species of trees and shrubs. Seedlings must be used for conservation purposes, including erosion control, wind breaks, wildlife habitat, tree farms, and reforestation. Some of the species of trees and shrubs available are; Arizona Cypress, Ponderosa Pine, Chokecherry, Lilac, Native Plum, and Buffaloberry. Seedlings can be ordered online at nm forestry.com or with a mail-in application form, which is available for download on the website.
Western New Mexico University celebrated Autism Awareness Month by providing Autism First Responder Training. The presentation covered what Autism is and the unique safety concerns for individuals with autism. Police Academy cadets, and police officers from Santa Clara, Bayard, and Grant County Sheriff Deputies attended the workshop along with members of the autism community ranging in age from 4 years old to 20. Some topics discussed included: how to de-escalate situations with people who have ASD, and House Bill 75 that that restricts the use of physical restraint and seclusion on public school students. These techniques have predominantly been used to address behavioral issues of children with autism and other disabilities.
In support of April being Autism Awareness Month, there will be an Autism Awareness Community Walk in Deming tomorrow at Voier’s “Pit” Park at 9:00 A.M., and Silver City will be hosting their First Annual Silver City Autism Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 14th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., at Fox Field, located at 2884 North Swan Street in Silver City.