Here’s a look at some local news:
An unknown caller prompted all Silver Schools to go on lockdown Friday afternoon according to Silver City Police Chief, Fred Portillo. At approximately 1:50 P.M,. the school secretary for Aldo Leopold Charter School received a phone call from an unidentified male that threatened to shoot students and faculty. All Silver District Schools went on immediate lockdown and members of the Silver City Police Department, Grant County Sheriffs, and New Mexico State Police responded to provide security. The students were released at 2:45 P.M. under law enforcement supervision and parents were notified about the incident through an automated phone call sent out later in the afternoon. The Silver City Police Department Investigations Division is currently working on the case.
The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce celebrated community leaders at the 2018 Grant County Awards Banquet Friday night at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. Chamber Chairman of the Board, Derek Radcliff served as master of ceremonies as the following individuals and business were honored: Dotty Pfeifer for the 2018 Linda Kay Jones Humanitarian Ward; Kim Clark for Grant County Volunteer of the Year; Western Bank-Silver City for Small Business of the Year; Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware for Large Business of the Year; and Gary Stailey for Grant County Citizen for the Year. Derek Radcliff of Walgreen’s was recognized for serving as Chamber board chairman, in addition to SkyWest Media for recent statewide honors and the Silver City Daily Press for awards earned from the annual New Mexico Press Association.
Deming Public Schools and the Deming Mainstreet program are joining forces to bring awareness to men’s health issues during the month of November by hosting a No-Shave November community fundraising project. For one month, men abstain from using razors and grooming tools to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. A $20 registration fee is required to enter in the following contests: best existing beard or mustache; fresh shave to beard; and a “People’s Choice Award.” All proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County Inc. Voting will take place on November 30th on the Deming Public School’s Facebook page and the winners will be featured at the Deming Christmas Light Parade on Saturday, December 1st.
Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Gila National Forest will again be available at all ranger district offices starting Monday, November 19. Families can obtain their permit and cut the family Christmas tree during the Thanksgiving holiday along with any visiting family or friends and avoid the after the Thanksgiving Day rush. According to a release, “Permits sell for $5.00 each (for any species) with a limit of one permit per household, or free permits are available for the aromatic piñon trees. Any tree species up to 10’ high may be cut.” For more information, visit the Gila National Forest page on Facebook.