Here’s today’s local news!

Silver City Mainstreet will be hosting the 28th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade on November 24th at 7pm in downtown Silver City. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas.”  The event is sponsored by Silver City MainStreet, The Town of Silver City, and Hidalgo Medical Services. To get an application for parade entry, contact the Silver City MainStreet Project at 575-534-1700.  Applications are available online at  Awards will be given immediately after the parade at the Little Toad Creek.   In addition to the parade, there will be a horse drawn wagon to take shoppers around downtown Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24. It is also Shop Small Saturday and Silver City MainStreet will have totes to give away and businesses will be offering special deals.

The 2018 Toys for Tots campaign is underway and you can help bring a little Christmas to the needy children of Grant County.  The Marine Corps Reserves, Marine Corps League Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment 1328, National Toys for Tots Foundation, and many area agencies and organizations are working together to reach the most needy youth in our community and are asking for your help again this year to get it done. Last year the Marine Corps Reserves fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7 million less fortunate children in 800 communities nationwide.  Since 1947 over 251 million children have been assisted and, because of your generosity, over 1,700 children in Grant County alone were able to receive brand new toys at Christmas last year. All donations made here will remain in Grant County.   Drop your unwrapped toy for a child ages birth through seventeen in one of the official white Toys for Tots boxes with the trademarked red train throughout Grant County before November 29.

It is time to enroll for 4-H! Next year’s enrollment period is open now until December 19th. Any new member is welcome to stop by their local 4-H Office. In Grant County this would be the Grant County Extension Services Office where you can acquire an enrollment form. Members can be any age from 5 years old to 18 years old. Projects come in a wide variety of topics from everything from baking and sewing to shooting sports to animal projects including pet projects.

Advanced Air will be taking over Grant County Airport as on January 1st. The new air carrier will replace Boutique Air after the US Department of Transportation awarded the Essential Air Service Contract to Advanced Air on October 23rd.  Commissioners Alicia Edwards and Billy Billings, along with State Representative, Rudy Martinez, had sent letters of support of Advanced Air to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Advanced Air will offer 17 non-stop roundtrip flights to Albuquerque International Sunport and 7 non-stop round-trio flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport each week.

Earlier this month, the Deming Police Department along with the Deming Masonic Lodge hosted the first ever D.A.R.E. Golf Scramble at the Rio Mimbres golf course. There were 28 players who participated and showed their support of the department’s D.A.R.E. program. This program stands for Drug Awareness Resistance Education and the proceeds from the event will go to purchasing workbooks and graduation prizes for the 14, 5th grade classes that are part of the 2018 D.A.R.E. program.  Special thanks is extended to the sponsors, the matching donation doubling the hole sponsorships moneys collected by the Deming Masonic Lodge, and Pepper’s Supermarket who donated food for the event, which was served by Dave Mosier and Joe Pinon of the Cactus Café.