Here’s a look at today’s local news:
The Silver City Woman’s Club provided 80 grade level bags to area students containing grade appropriate school supplies that were listed on the Silver Schools website. Members of the community assisted in the effort by donating many of the supplies and providing funds to purchase what is needed for the children. Members of “The Commons” formally known as The Volunteer Center donated 80 bags of food to give out which with each bag of school supplies.
The U.S Border Patrol checkpoints located in the El Paso Sector have reopened due to a slower rate of migrants entering the U.S. through ports of entry and illegally crossing in desert areas. The border agents are now able to return to their permanent highway checkpoints some that include: I-10 West – located 22 miles west of Las Cruces on Interstate 10; I-25 North – located 23 miles north of Las Cruces on Interstate 25; and New Mexico Highway 11 – located 22.6 miles south of Deming on NM Highway 11.
Western New Mexico University will be receiving $500,000 to create a residency program that will leverage existing Level III master teachers and local district teacher mentors who will provide mentor training the classroom. According to a release, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that funding provided through the legislature would assist four teacher education programs across the state. WNMU was one program selected, along with programs at Central New Mexico Community College, San Juan College, and Northern New Mexico College.
Over the weekend, two lightning caused fires started in the Black Range Ranger District. The Adobe Fire was reported to be approximately 25-30 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in Sierra County. This fire lies just east of the private property, Los Adobe Ranch; and three miles south of an El Paso Electric powerline. The Antelope Fire was approximately 25 acres, burning on National Forest System lands, also in Sierra County. This fire lies just east of Hermosa. This fire is being scouted for containment and suppression opportunities.