Here’s a look at today’s local news:

Judge J.C Robinson of the Sixth Judicial Court District, has announced his retirement effective on January 1st. The Judicial nominating commission will now be accepting applications from attorneys who meet the statutory criteria for the position. After applications are received, the nominating commission will convene on January 29th at the Grant County Courthouse whereby the public will be able to hear about the candidates in addition to having the opportunity to comment. Judge J.C.Robinson has served as a District Court Judge for 13 years.

The New Mexico Arts Commission considered formal requests from the state’s Arts & Cultural Districts Program at its November meeting and voted unanimously to approve the consolidation of the Silver City Arts & Cultural District under Silver City MainStreet. Since there was an overlap between the two organizations, moving the Arts & Cultural District under Silver City MainStreet helps support the mission to “make downtown Silver City more vibrant through creative placemaking, streetscape improvements, encouraging artisan live/work spaces, wayfinding, and fostering the creative economy through monthly Community Coordinating Council Meetings.”  In addition to heading the Silver City Arts and Culture District, Silver City MainStreet has been asked by the Town of Silver City to manage the Visitor Center.

Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. is providing 10 scholarships for the upcoming “HMS Mental Health First Aid Training Course” taking place in Silver City this Thursday at the HMS Silver City Community Health Center. The 8-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. Freeport has generously agreed to sponsor 10 registration fees at a value of $25.00 each for this training course. For more information or to participate in this Mental Health First Aid training, contact Edith Lee, Chief Support Officer, at (575) 597-2738.

Over the weekend, local law enforcement and first responders in Silver City and Deming participated in the “Shop with a Cop” program that benefits area children in need. Each child was given a gift card to use in Walmart to shop for Christmas gifts. Many of the children shopped for members their families or even Christmas decorations to have in their homes. The kids are treated to a special meal, a visit from Santa, and just a general day of fun with the law enforcement and first-responder volunteers.