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Silver Schools Bus Schedules for the 2015-16 School year have been distributed at the following locations: Silver Schools District website at www.silverschools.org; at Walmart next to the school supply lists, Snappy Marts, the Public Library, all school locations, and the Central Office. Call 956-2000 with any questions.
Need help paying your electric bill? PNM is coming to Silver City for a helpful assistance fair on Saturday, August 8th from 9 to 11:30 am at the St. Francis Newman Center. For assistance, bring current utility bills – electric, water and gas; proof of household income including a current bank statement with deposit information on all household members; IDs for all adults living in the home, IDs for children, and proof of LIHEAP assistance. Call 538-3662 with any additional questions.
For the fifth consecutive year Western New Mexico University will team up with the Silver City MainStreet Project to host the Bash on Broadway on Saturday, August 15. Offering socialization for both new and returning students, the event signifies the exciting arrival of the fall semester with music, games and dancing in historic downtown Silver City. WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University Address at 5:30 p.m. inside Little Toad Creek, located on the corner of Broadway and Bullard Streets. After updating the community with an account of current and future happenings, Bullard Street will be closed between Broadway Street and Yankie Street from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
More than 49 percent of the state is free of drought conditions following the fourth-wettest six months the state has seen. The Albuquerque Journal reports drought was present statewide in July 2014, with the prevalence of severe drought at 77 percent compared to 1 percent currently.
Chile is part of our culture, but the future of green chile production in New Mexico may have an uncertain future. From breakfast to dinner, chile is a staple of the diet in New Mexico, but the New Mexico Chile Association says New Mexico chile is at risk and in steep decline. According to their website, 34,500 acres were harvested in 1992. That number went down to 8,600 acres in 2013. KRQE News 13 also tracked down numbers from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture that show production last year was off 10 percent compared to 2013.