Here’s some local news:


USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovations Grants) to fund innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies. New Mexico NRCS will provide up to $49,000 in CIG funding for fiscal year 2018.  The NRCS uses CIG to work with partners to accelerate transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns. This year, NRCS is focusing funding in the areas of grazing lands, organic agricultural systems, and soil health. Potential applicants should review the announcement USDA-NRCS-NM-CIG-18-001 is available at, which includes application materials and submission procedures. All U.S.-based entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Grant proposals are due on May 11th.


At its regular meeting this month, the Deming City Council approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” that renews the city’s role as fiscal agent for the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, the group charged by the Interstate Streams Commission with building a Gila River diversion project including other water projects funded through the Arizona Water Settlements Act. The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity is composed of 15 representatives of counties, municipalities, irrigation districts, and soil and water conservation districts in the four- county region of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna in southwest New Mexico.


Grant County community members with disabilities will be participating in Hoops 4 Hope, an afternoon of indoor games on Wednesday, March 21st, at 6 :00 P.M., in Western New Mexico University’s Intramural Gym located at 1000 W. College Avenue in Silver City. The goal of the annual event is to accomplish four hopes: a hope to bring students together to learn about people with disabilities, a hope to build common ground among different people through athletics, a hope to have students feel comfortable with people of different backgrounds, and a hope to learn more about how we interact with each other as humans. The sixth annual event is open to any member of the community with a learning or physical disability. Participants can reserve a spot by calling 575-538-6611. Visit for more information.