Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The Annual Southwestern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo kicks off tomorrow and goes through Sunday at the Southwestern New Mexico Fairgrounds at 12125 Robert Larson Boulevard in Deming. It is expected that nearly 25,000 people will attend the event over 5 days that features music, food, entertainment and a spotlight on the county’s agricultural roots. This year, the fair is presenting twice as many musical groups from country artists to live mariachi and folklorico dancing. In addition, visitors can enjoy wine tasting, a stunt dog show, an elimination bull riding event and a comedian juggler from Denver, Colorado. For more information about the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair, visit

A hit and run accident involving a pickup truck hauling a Bobcat on a trailer was reported late Friday afternoon on Swan Street in Silver City. The truck, driven by Royce Cole, was pulled over on Highway 180 and Silver Street and was reported to be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Several individuals were transported to Gila Regional Medical Center with neck and back pain.

Last week at the Annual Cliff-Gila Grant County Fair, 50 individuals competed in five categories of baking. A team of judges tasted pies, cakes and other sweet confections in addition to yeast and quick breads prepared by adult and youth contestants. The winners were as follows: Suzanne Geyer adult winner for cakes, cookies and brownies; Chase Dobrinski, youth winner for cakes; Yselle Franco, youth winner for cookies and brownies; Suzanne Geyer won the adult pie division; Hattie Dobrinski won the youth pie division; Amanda Burke won the quick bread category for adults; Yselle Franco won the youth quick bread category; Paul Michael was the adult winner for yeast bread; and Chase Dobrinski was the youth winner for yeast bread. Funds raised for the baking contest and sale of the leftover baked goods will benefit 4-H scholarships.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be closing the Catwalk Recreation Area effective 8:00 A.M. on October 10th through midnight on October 21st or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. According to a release, “As part of the Gila Whitewater Trout Restoration Project, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be using rotenone to eradicate non-native fish from the waterways in Whitewater Canyon. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that rotenone is highly effective for selective removal of invasive fishes and that the resulting concentrations of ingredients poses little, if any, hazards to public health.” For more information, visit Gila National Forest on Facebook.