Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Western New Mexico University Foundation has recently awarded four scholarships to nursing students enrolled at WNMU for the 2018-19 academic year. According to a release, “Silver City’s Martin family created the Robert and Ione Martin Scholarship, the Frank and Bernice Parrish Scholarship, the Robert and Ione Martin State Match Scholarship and the Frank and Bernice Parrish State Match Scholarship, which were awarded to WNMU students Jeffrey Arrington, Amanda Mondello, Celina Sircy, and Mikaela (Morris) Turner, respectively. A committee made up of Martin family members, WNMU Foundation staff and WNMU nursing faculty collaborated in the selection process. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients.
The final update was issued for the Noland Fire by the U.S. National Forest Service Gila National Forest. The fire started by a lightning strike on September 7th, 4 miles west of Saddle Mountain and affected a total of 355 acres. There are four district personnel patrolling and monitoring the fire within the boundaries of Forest Road 4, Forest Road 14A and constructed handlines. Currently, the fire has been burning litter, grass and understory, with minimal fire growth. The final report stated that the fire is now 90% contained.
The Border Professional Baseball League will open their inaugural season in March of 2019 with the first two franchises being placed in Deming and Lordsburg. Soon, two more teams will named that will form a 6-week professional league. There will be 20-man rosters and tryouts are scheduled on September 29th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Wildcat Stadium in Deming. Players deemed with the best skills will be invited to a 3-day training camp whereby 160 players will be competing for 80 roster spots.
Silver City Mayor, Ken Ladner has kicked off a new initiative to partner residents and businesses with the Town of Silver City to help eliminate outdoor trash during a special presentation held at the Grant County Memorial Business and Conference Center this week. The “Pick it Up and Toss No Mas” campaign encourages individuals to pick up litter and trash wherever and whenever they can, in addition to not tossing it in the first place. An educational component of the campaign is to remind landfill users to properly secure and cover their loads to avoid littering. Anyone will be able to coordinate their own clean-up project and the town will provide garbage bags, safety vests and trash pickup. A website has been created that allows volunteers to choose trash pickup locations separated into 22 zones in Silver City, the majority being located along Hwy 180 and 90. Visit pickitupsc.com for more information.
The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest presented their annual Southern New Mexico Women of Distinction event in Las Cruces last week. This year’s local honorees are Barrette Brewer from Gila and Mary “Mikki” Jemin of Silver City. Proceeds from the Women of Distinction event provide scholarships and leadership experiences for girls.