Here’s a look at today’s news:
Grant County Extension Program Director and Family and Consumer Science Agent, Judy O’Loughlin, was presented the “Distinguished Service Award” from the NM State Affiliate of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. Judy was presented the award during the annual meeting held in San Antonio last month. The award states: “For Dynamic Leadership and Creative Implementation of Extension Programs and for Personal and Professional Growth.” Signature programs that she has implemented in Grant County include: the Strong Women Strong Bones free weights program; a Kitchen Creations Diabetes Cooking School; a Chronic Pain Management series; a Healthy You lifestyle series; and a Food Preservation, Master Gardener’s Program. In addition, Judy works with 4-H youths. Congratulations to Judy O’Loughlin!
The Town of Silver City Council members were divided on the issue of beekeeping within town limits during their regular meeting earlier this week. District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison and District 2 Linda Aiman-Smith, voted in favor for the Notice of Intent that contained specific rules and enforcement for beekeeping. District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano, voted against the NOI, citing feedback from their constituents. The measure passed 3-2, with Mayor Ken Ladner breaking the tie. Ladner stated that he would like to see the Town work with Grant County Beekeepers to come up with a process that works for everyone.
The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District welcomes a new law enforcement officer, Christopher Alirez. Christopher is a native New Mexican who grew up in Santa Clara and attended Cobre High School. He began with the Forest Service on the Gila National Forest’s Black Range Ranger District in fire back in 2002. His most recent duty station was on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest. The Silver City Ranger District is the southernmost district on the Gila National Forest. It is comprised of three areas, the Burro Mountain region, the area surrounding Silver City, and the portion just west of Emory Pass on the Black Range. These areas combine to form just over 400,000 acres on National Forest lands.
Teresa Seats, a member of the Deming Roadrunners Special Olympics Bowling Team, rolled “a Turkey” which is three strikes in a row, during a recent Special Olympics Regional Bowling Tournament at the Starmax Family Entertainment Center in Deming. The Deming Roadrunners Special Olympics Bowling Team is comprised of 12 members under the guidance of local coordinator, Luanne Beginski. Five teams were entered in the tournament in addition to 90 Special Olympics families that participated in the event. Teresa and her Roadrunner team along with the other teams, all qualified for the state competition to be held in Bernalillo next month.