Here’s some local news:

The Imagination Library of Grant County has promoted Nancy Stephens, as the first Executive Director of the local Dolly Parton affiliate. Nancy is a licensed social worker and has worked with Aldo Leopold Charter school and various community groups and organizations. The two primary tasks of the Imagination Library of Grant County are to register pre-school children under the age of five who will receive a free age appropriate book mailed to their home, and raise funds to pay for the books and mailing costs. Nancy began working with the Imagination Library of Grant County in 2015 as program coordinator. Congratulations to Nancy Stephens!

The Silver Consolidated School District is currently accepting applications for Silver Pre-K for children who will be 4 years old before September 1st. In addition, they are offering wrap around services that provides free child care for students before and after school. To register a child, or for more information, please contact the administrative office located at 2810 North Swan Street, or call 575- 956-2000.

The city of Albuquerque recently announced that Michelle Otero, a Deming raised Mexican-American writer, will be Albuquerque’s fourth poet laureate and will serve two years. The Deming High School alumna holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Harvard University and a Master’s in Fine Arts Creative Writing from Vermont College. Otero has written about women’s issues and the lives of Latinos living along the U.S.-Mexico border and worked with writers at various writing retreats.

The Owl Fire that started on Saturday, June 30th, is located on Aspen Mountain and has crossed FR 209 into Frieborn Canyon in an inventoried roadless area and is comprised of 4,786 acres, and utilizing 142 personnel. The fire perimeter is currently 63% contained. Crews will monitor Frieborn Canyon and assess trigger points for hand ignition, in addition to holding direct lines on the western side of the fire. Fire behavior has been low due to precipitation over the fire area and high overnight recoveries and fire spread is primarily to the north and east, and visible from Alma along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna. Smoke may also be visible in Alpine, Arizona and Rancho Grande Subdivision. For more information on New Mexico fires, visit

Residents of the Mimbres that subscribe to Verizon Wireless have been without service since lightning struck a cell tower in Casas Adobes early Monday morning. The outage seems to only be affecting Verizon customers and the estimated time to repair the damage was at least three days.