Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Silver City Mainstreet project has received state capital outlay funding in the amount of $200,000 that will be used for Phase II construction of the Main Street Plaza. According to a news release from Silver City Mainstreet, work will include installing lights, landscaping and a retaining wall. MainStreet Plaza is located between Seventh and Eighth Streets in Downtown Silver City.
Border Patrol Agents apprehended two groups of immigrants early Tuesday in Sunland Park in Dona Ana County and the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in Hidalgo County. The majority of individuals were comprised of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles. According to a media release, 424 immigrants were taken into custody at the Sunland Park location and 230 immigrants at the Antelope Wells site.
The Kiwanis Club of Silver City held their Annual “Student of the Year” dinner last night at Western New Mexico University. Dr. Isaac Brundage, WNMU Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, served as Key Note Speaker. Honors were given to the following Students of the Year: Drew Fraser from Aldo Leopold Middle School; John P. Gonzales of Cobre High School; Makayla Martinez of La Plata Middle School; Michelle Narvaez of Aldo Leopold High School; Seth Neal of Calvary Christian Academy; Micaela Roacho of Snell Middle School; Cole Rogers of Silver High School; and Kaweah Yarbrough of Cliff High School. Recipients of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City Foundation Key Club Scholarship were: Reagan Barragan and Gabrielle Hughes, both from Silver High Key Club.
In a news release provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Gila National Forest, it has been reported that there has been continued vandalism at prehistoric rock art sites located at Chloride Creek on the Black Range Ranger District. The Gila National Forest is home to over 200 recorded prehistoric rock art sites. Rock art is extremely fragile, once damaged the site can never be repaired to its original condition. Visitors to the rock art sites across the Gila National Forest may notice that these places have not always been respected. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 states that it is illegal to collect or disturb archaeological materials on public land without a permit issued from the appropriate land managing agency, and this includes collecting arrowheads or other isolated finds. Violators will be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00 and confiscation of vehicles and equipment used in committing the crime.