Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Silver City Ranger District fire managers continue to prepare for the Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire on the Gila National Forest and estimate the project will occur between April 11 and the end of May when conditions allow. The 2,100-acre wildlife habitat improvement project is approximately five miles northeast of Silver City within the Ft. Bayard Wildlife Refuge. An area closure will be in effect when fire personnel conduct the prescribed burn.
Bobbie Little-Neal was recently awarded the annual Copper Cowbelle of the Year award. She has served over 15 years as a Copper Cowbelle and although she stays quite busy with her family, she always makes time to help a neighbor and support local youth. Bobbie has assisted the Silver City Museum with lessons on Ranching and collecting artifacts and histories for an upcoming ranching exhibit and works hard to promote fundraising efforts for the Cowbelles.
The Copper Cowbelles are also seeking applications for college scholarships for agriculture majors for the 2016-17 school year. Applicants must be entering their sophomore or higher year in college and be pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. They must also be a graduate of a Grant County high school. Contact Pat Hunt at 534-7649.
Luna County’s criminal justice system has a new tool to help with substance abuse issues in the community. The Sixth Judicial District Luna County Adult Drug Court is underway and it allows law enforcement, the courts and others involved in the judicial system to refer those involved with a variety of non-violent crimes to the program rather than incarceration. The Adult Drug Court program had its first judicial hearing on March 14. In February, the Adult Drug Court Team participated in an adult drug court training put on by the Federal Drug Court Planning Initiative Grant.
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioners signed a resolution designating April as Safe Digging Month within the state of New Mexico yesterday. The resolution won the support of all five commissioners. The Commission officially recognized April as National Safe Digging Month to promote safe excavation activities in New Mexico, and falls in line with the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners’ encouragement of the promotion of April as National Safe Digging Month.