Here’s a look at some local news:

The Gila National Forest will be conducting an orientation and training session for the Gila Southwest Firefighter recruitment program for the 2020 wildland fire season. According to a news release from the Gila National Forest Service, the SWFF program has a long and distinguished history in the southwest. SWFF crews are mobilized to wildland fires on the Gila National Forest and across the nation.  Individuals signed up with SWFF have also filled temporary positions on engines and suppression crews for local ranger districts. To be accepted into the program, candidates must meet all of the attendance requirements, successfully complete a 40-hour training course and pass a Work Capacity Test.  To qualify for the SWFF recruitment program, candidates MUST attend the introductory session on January 8th or 15th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, located at 3031 US Highway 180, in Silver City.

The Town of Silver City would like residents to know that code enforcement officers Manny Jaure and Vickie Toney form the Silver City Police Department’s code enforcement team with the job of educating residents about local ordinances and helping them come into compliance. According to a news release, officer Manny Jaure is a commissioned patrol officer and can also make traffic stops for code enforcement issues such as an uncovered load. Jaure is also committed to other community outreach activities such as the D.A.R.E program and was recently named the program’s New Mexico public information officer. Vickie Toney serves as the town’s animal control officer. Code enforcement shifted from the town’s Community Development Department to the Police Department more than a year ago to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of code enforcement efforts, as well as to protect public safety.  For more information about code enforcement, go online to

Volunteers gathered at Fort Bayard National Cemetery last Friday afternoon to lay wreaths on every grave for the Wreaths Across America ceremony that took place on Saturday morning. The public is welcome to come out to the national cemetery and see the beautiful holiday wreathes on each and every grave.