The Gila National Forest Supervisor’s office is hosting Smokey Bear’s 74th Birthday this Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 3005 E Camino del Bosque in Silver City. The public is invited to come by and get a mini-cupcake, party favor bags for the kids, and get a photo with Smokey. For more information, go the Gila National Forest page on FaceBook.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City attended their annual Southwest Convention in El Paso this past weekend and came away with many honors, awards and new leadership positions. The Kiwanis Southwest District that includes clubs from Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso, awarded Dotty Pfeifer of Silver City with the Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year Award. Not only is Dotty the Secretary of the Kiwanis Silver City Club, in addition she sponsors 2 Terrific Kid schools and a K-Kids Club at Stout Elementary. Dotty has volunteered for 35 years, mostly as chairperson, of the St. Francis Associates in Silver City, where she coordinates a food pantry with other volunteers, in addition to securing grants for funding of the program as well as helping those in need for utilities, rent, medicine and emergency shelter. Dotty husband, Craig “Horse” Pfeifer was awarded the Kiwanis Southwest District Foundation highest honor, the Kachina Award for his dedicated service to the district, Kamp Kiwanis and beyond. Completing the honors for the weekend, Silver City Kiwanis President, Alma Carson was installed as Division 7 Lt. Governor charged with representing Silver City, Deming, Las Cruces and Socorro County on the District Board of Directors.
Schools days are just around the corner, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind the traveling public and pedestrians to think about traffic laws when in or near a school zone. Some general traffic laws include: do not exceed 15 miles per hour while driving through a school zone unless otherwise posted; a traveling vehicle shall yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within designated walk ways; and motorists are asked to watch for children when school is underway, including to look in both directions when crossing an intersection.
Governor Susana Martinez, visited Deming this morning and spoke with school staff and the public about her term as Governor and some of the advances the state has made during this time. Governor Martinez is currently traveling across the state and visiting some of her favorite places. The visit this morning took place at the new Deming High School gymnasium.