Here’s a look at some local news:

Western New Mexico University, in collaboration with PNM, is announcing a new plan to decrease southwest New Mexico’s carbon footprint through the proposed PNM Community Solar Direct project that will provide 50 megawatts of electric into the state’s power grid upon review and approval from the New Mexico Public Regulations Commission. According to a release from WNMU, University President. Dr. Joseph Shepard, in addition to PNM Resources CEO Patricia Vincent-Collawn, will unveil plans to transition WNMU to more sustainable energy resources. Additional Community Solar Direct program participants include The Town of Silver City, Grant County, The City of Deming and Deming Public Schools.

In Deming, District 2 City Council member, Roxanna Rincon, has resigned from her seat. Rincon was appointed to the position in 2015 to fill a vacancy left by Linda Enis Franklin. In addition, Rincon was elected to an additional 4-year term in 2016. Due to family obligations and additional time restraints, Rincon feels that another individual can devote more time to the position and the community. Residents in District 2 are encouraged to apply by sending a letter of interest to the City of Deming, attention Mayor Benny Jasso.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is attempting to trap a bear that has been sighted in the Little Walnut area of Silver City. According to the Silver City Daily Press, one or more bears have been getting into people’s trash in addition to other wildlife activity including javelina sightings on Royal Drive and calls regarding baby deer appearing to be abandoned by their mothers. Residents are urged to keep all trash tightly contained and not to feed or disturb any wild animals.

Western New Mexico University Women’s Basketball Coach Lauren Unger, announced the addition of John Sanchez to her coaching staff for the 2019-2020 season. Sanchez comes to Silver City after stints at Association of American Universities program, Basketball 2 the Limit, and two seasons as an assistant on the nationally-ranked MIT staff.