Here’s a look at some of today’s local news:

While routine testing of the water at the Catwalk NRT/Whitewater Picnic Area, a problem was noted. Currently both the Catwalk and the picnic area are open, however, there is no potable water available until further notice. The Forest Service Gila National Forest appreciates the public’s your patience and understanding until this issue is resolved. For information on the Gila National Forest, check out the website at or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

The First Baptist Church of Lordsburg’s Vacation Bible School has participated in a mission project that coordinated efforts with the Hidalgo County Children, Youth & Families Department. The class created 48 “comfort bags” to be used within the community. According to the Hidalgo Herald, the comfort bags included hygiene items and fluffy stuffed animals.

Silver Linings, a Deming non-profit organization providing assistance to the local homeless moved to a new location, 212 South Copper Street in Deming. According to the Deming Headlight, the building is split into two sections that are comprised of a thrift store and a resource center. The thrift store portion is for people to donate and purchase used goods that directly benefit Silver Linings and the resource part is a place where homeless individuals and receive assistance, whether it be clothing, portable food items, toiletries, or taking a shower.

During the Town of Silver City Council meeting this week, Mayor Ken Ladner appointed Twana Sparks to serve on the Cemetery Board, and Simon Wheaton Smith to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission. The Rules and Regulations governing burials in the historic Memory Lane Cemetery, are adopted by the Silver City Cemetery Board and the Town Council. The Town of Silver City’s Planning and Zoning Commission fills an important role in the Town’s development and maintenance of fair, consistent and prudent land use policies.

Congratulations to Sergeant Joseph Arredondo, of the Silver City Police Department regarding his recent retirement. Sergeant Arredondo served as a dedicated member of the Silver City Police Department for 20 years.