Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Gila National Forest has received a few reports of bears in the area of Piños Altos. Communities in the wildland urban interface are sharing space with a variety of wildlife; including snakes, bears, mountain lions, deer, elk, and many more species. According to a release from the Forest Service, residents and visitors are reminded that New Mexico is in a state of severe to extreme drought that affects all forms of wildlife. Prey animals, such as deer and elk, are moving to lower levels searching for forage and water, and this brings large predators down to lower levels looking for food and water as well. Some tips for homeowners include: Do not feed your pets outside; Avoid leaving large amounts of standing water outside; and all trash should either be in an enclosed area or in a bear-proof container.
Silver City Town Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance to allow UTV’s, also described as “side by sides”, to be driven on Silver City streets. District 3 Councilor, Jose Ray, has proposed this ordinance two times since the New Mexico Legislature passed a bill granting local governments the option to allow UTV’s on their streets. Some of the supporters present at the meeting shared that they wanted UTV’s allowed on town streets was to save on fuel costs and have the opportunity to drive a smaller vehicle. In addition, it was mentioned that the rural location of the community is good for UTV driving and could also attract additional tourism to the area. Individuals who expressed concern regarding the proposed ordinance mentioned safety issues, overburden law enforcement, and use and destruction of local trails.
Life Quest in Silver City held a sale of its office furniture and supplies last week. The nonprofit agency that served people with or at risk of developmental disabilities, closed its doors on May 10th after suffering a loss of revenue by a competing agency receiving the same early intervention contract. In addition, Life Quest has donated items to other area nonprofits, including Guadalupe Montessori School to El Grito Head Start. Life Quest served the community for 45 years.
Santa Ana Catholic Parish Center in Deming has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the church all during the month of June. The church was built in 1918 at 400 South Ruby Street with the first Mass being held on Thanksgiving Day that year. The anniversary celebration included Mariachi and Folklorico workshops, a youth soccer tournament, live music and dancing, and a Mariachi Mass.