Here’s a look at some of today’s local news:
In an announcement made by the New Mexico Department of Health, a television ad will begin airing on stations statewide starting this Thursday with the goal to reduce opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose deaths in New Mexico. The new ad features New Mexicans who share their real-life stories about how they have been affected by opioid misuse and its widespread impacts on New Mexico’s communities. As a part of the Department’s “There Is Another Way” campaign, the ad builds on the new video series focusing on the state’s fight against opioid abuse announced earlier this month. According to a release by the the NMDOH, New Mexico’s drug overdose death rate ranked 17th in the nation with 24.8 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Silver City MainStreet has reported that Reel Mirage, LLC, has given written notice that they will cease operations of the Silco Theater that is located on the Bullard Street in Downtown Silver City. Zachary and Chris Acquino, managing members of Reel Mirage, will be aiding in the transition to Bob Grunstein and Joe Navan to take over operation of the Silco. In a release from Silver City MainStreet, not only will the Silco continue to show first run movies, but plans are in the works to provide additional entertainment opportunities. Not only will the Silco continue to show first run movies, but plans are in the works to provide additional entertainment opportunities.
There are two lightning caused fires reported yesterday on the Glenwood Ranger District. The lightning-caused Coal Fire was approximately 1 acre, burning on National Forest System lands in Grant County. This fire lies within the boundaries of the Hells Hole Wilderness Study Area, west of Mule Creek and south of NM Hwy 78. This fire is continuing to smolder and burn in heavy dead and down timber. The smoke was visible from NM Hwy 78. In addition, the lightning-caused Whiterocks Fire was reported yesterday, is approximately .25 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in Catron County. This fire can be seen from U.S. Hwy 180, northwest of Alma, New Mexico, near the Blue Range Wilderness.