Here’s a look at some local news:
Area residents and military veterans attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Bayard National Cemetery on Monday to remember those who gave their lives while serving the United States of America. Guest speaker, Alfred Ogas, a Vietnam veteran, addressed the assembly in addition to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #358 posting the colors, a reading of deceased veterans names, and other presentations sharing respect of those who had served.
The Silver City Town Council discussed the town’s recycling practices at last night’s regular town council meeting. According to Silver City Town Manager, Alex Brown, “Recycling practices will soon be changing in Silver City, due to a larger global recycling crisis driven by market forces, federal policy and the fact that other countries, particularly China, are no longer willing to accept America’s plastic, mixed paper and other recyclable materials.” Silver City has been sending recyclables to Freedman Recycling in El Paso for the past five years, but starting on June 1st they will be charging an additional amount per ton and the contract between the Town and Freedman will no longer be cost effective. Cardboard is one exception and the town will continue to recycle as much cardboard as possible.
The Center for Health Innovation, New Mexico’s Public Health Institute has been awarded a 2019 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning II grant for $200,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The awards are intended to implement and sustain prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural communities for substance use disorders and opioid use disorders. The funding will target the rural southern counties New Mexico.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small, spent time in Deming last week. The Governor and staff volunteered for 2 days at a shelter that housed asylum-seeking migrants and Representative Torres-Small toured facilities on Memorial Day after speaking at a community observance of the holiday.