Here’s a look at some local news:
The Gila National Forest, Wilderness Ranger District plans to conduct a broadcast burn between October 22nd and November 16th. The project is in the Elks Pasture Unit, which is planned for 320 acres and is located south of NM Highway 35, west of Camp Thunderbird and west of the private land along Ponderosa Road, off Forest System Road 4085Q (Elk Pasture Road). Fire managers will be considering forecasted weather, fuel moistures and other conditions to determine optimal windows to conduct these controlled burns. Prescribed burns are always managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. This project is funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be meeting on Friday, October 12th to present the results of a local survey that was conducted earlier this year regarding perceptions on the effects of alcohol and prescription drugs, especially involving access of these substances to youth. Over 300 Grant County residents took part in the survey. The Coalition focuses on prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and opioid abuse and misuse by Grant County youth. The public is invited to attend this presentation to be held at the HMS Silver City Community Health Center’s Community Rooms, located at 1007 N. Pope Street.
Earlier this week, the Deming Police Department hosted a “Coffee with a Cop” event at the Copper Kettle Coffee Co. located at the intersection of Gold and Spruce streets in downtown Deming. The event provided customers with an opportunity to meet the local police officers who patrol their neighborhoods.
As general election day approaches on November 6th, the last day to register to vote is next Tuesday, October 9th. The general elections allows voters to cast their ballot for New Mexico Governor, Senators, state legislators, and many local offices and issues. Absentee and early runs from October 9th through November 2nd.
This weekend is full of events including the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair in Deming, and in Silver City, the 2018 Red Dot Weekend at the Galleries and 3rd Annual Southwest Print Fiesta in historic Downtown Silver City, and the Annual Blessing of the Animals in Gough Park at 2:00 P.M.
This weekend is Western New Mexico University’s Homecoming with many exciting events available to everyone. Tonight at 7:00 P.M. The Eagles Tribute Band, “Hotel California” will be performing in the WNMU Fine Arts Theater. Tomorrow morning, come downtown and enjoy a delicious Pancake Breakfast in the Morning Star parking lot starting at 7:00 A.M., followed by the Homecoming Parade on Bullard Street starting at 10:00 A.M. and Alumni Tailgate at 11:30 at the McCray Gallery, finishing up with the Homecoming football game against Angelo State at 2:00 P.M. at Ben Altamirano Field. Visit alumni.wnmu.edu for complete schedules and additional information.