Here’s some local news:

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-Thanksgiving Day rush. Permits sell for $5.00 each (for any species) with a limit of one permit per household. In addition, there are free permits available for the aromatic piñon trees. Any tree species up to 10’ high may be cut. The permits include a Christmas tree tag, an information sheet on cutting regulations, and maps of designated cutting sites. For more information, call 575-388-8201.

The Silver Consolidated School District has started online access to student grades and will no longer be sending out report cards in the mail to parents. The change was enacted to save the district money and to clear the way for eventual online student registration. Parents will log into “PowerSchool Parent Portal” to view their child’s current and past grades. In other school district news, Superintendent, Audie Brown, has agreed to a contract extension through the 2020-21 school year.

The Deming Mainstreet organization has recently welcomed their new Board President and Secretary who will be joined by other board members to work in revitalizing the downtown and area commercial district in Deming. Monica Stanley, was promoted to President from Vice-President on October 10th. Karissa Hagen, took the Secretary position and has lived in Deming with her family for 12 years. The nomination committee is currently preparing recommendations to the board for the open Vice-President position with an election scheduled for their October 14th meeting.

The Silver P.E.O., Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter held its 7th Annual Purse Auction last Saturday, and successfully raised over $8,000 in funding for scholarships benefiting Grant County girls. Nancy Champlin, the scholarship’s namesake, traveled from Albuquerque to attend the festive event. There were 89 purses up for auction filled with surprise goodies. Silver P.E.O Foundation sets a goal to award at least a $1000 scholarship annually to a girl attending a Grant County High School.

Again, as a reminder, early voting continues through Saturday, November 3rd. General election day is next Tuesday, November 6th. Your vote is your voice. It is a freedom we should never take for granted and sh