Here’s a look at today’s news:
Work started on the Gatton’s Park last Thursday. The funding for this project is a result of approval for a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Grant being administered by the Grant Soil and Water District. The Wildland Urban Interface treatment was selected to reduce fire risk and enable landscape-scale fire restoration on Upper Mimbres planning area of the Gila National Forest. The work has begun on thinning 40 acres adjacent to private property. A part of the operation includes chipping small trees and limbs. The chips from this project are being transported to the junction of the Celebration Site Road and State Highway 35 and are free to the public for personal use under the following conditions: Chips must be collected during daylight hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday; a tarp must be used when transporting on state and county roads; and residents must be able to load and transport their own chips.
Today was American Indian Day at the Roundhouse. The 2018 American Indian Day at the Legislature included recognition of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (which was signed on February 2nd, 1848), and a presentation from New Mexico’s Tribes and Pueblos on the House Floor. Special performances of the “Butterfly Dance” were provided by Kha’p’o Community School Kindergarten students in addition to the Youth Hoop Dancers from the Pueblo of Pojoaque.
The “Kids Need to Read” program will be arriving at the Marshall Memorial Library in Deming with “Grow Your Library”, an inspiring library donation program led by KNTR Board Members, Gary Mlodzik and his wife Tina. Inspired by their shared love of reading, family, and public libraries, the program delivers free books and story time to local libraries and children during the couple’s travels. The fifteenth national “Grow Your Library” event will be visiting Marshall Memorial Library at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, March 23rd, with a donation of 300 new books to the library, valued at $3,166, and a special story time presentation for children. Each child in attendance will receive a free book and Highlights magazine courtesy of KNTR. They will also learn how they can use their own love of reading to help the Anthony Public Library earn even more free books in the future. The “Kids Need to Read” program was created by a passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing inspiring book collections and engaging literacy programs to underfunded schools, libraries, and organizations across the nation.
The tradition, known as “Groundhog Day” continued today in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania. Members of the “Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” gathered to witness the groundhog, known as “Punxsutawney Phil”, emerge from his hibernation to see his shadow, which predicts six more weeks of winter. This tradition began in Europe as Candlemas Day, a Christian holiday involving candles. Germans brought this custom to Pennsylvania in the 1700’s. More than a dozen states celebrate this day with their own groundhogs that include Ohio’s “Buckeye Chuck” and Georgia’s “General Beauregard Lee.”