Here’s a look at today’s local headlines:

Gila Regional Medical Center hosted its 13th annual “Light Up a Life Ceremony” last Thursday evening. The community event was created for people to express bereavement over loved ones that have passed on. The ceremony included music, speakers, a wall with photos and messages to loved ones, and candles for each attendee. The latticed wall that contains the photos of honored loved ones will remain decorated with lights through the end of this month.

A vehicular crash at the intersection of Hudson and Broadway in Silver City resulted in an overturned SUV last Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred when a driver heading west on Broadway ran a red light and hit the SUV that was heading north on Hudson, causing the SUV to flip over on its roof. In addition, the driver of the SUV was transported to Gila Regional Medical Center to be treated for soreness.

The First Presbyterian Church of Silver City has created a “Mitten Tree” that is decorated with warm clothing and accessories to be donated to the children at El Refugio, Silver Pre-K School, and kids being assisted by the local Children, Youth and Families Department. The mission of this project is to focus on the needs of children that are subject to poverty conditions in the community. Earlier this year, members of First Presbyterian donated 27 backpacks filled with food to CYFD and in addition, collected supplies for children staying at El Refugio and students at Stout Elementary. Donations of children’s gloves, hats, and jackets will be accepted for the Mitten Tree until December 14th.


Downtown Deming was the scene of a large community event on Saturday evening created to kick-off the holiday season. Crowds of people enjoyed the Downtown Festival of Lights, the Christmas Lighted Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony at Luna County Courthouse Park. Approximately 28 groups of participating floats started at the Deming Visitors Center at 6:00 P.M. and made its way to the Courthouse Park where the first ever Luna County tree lighting ceremony took place. The Deming Mainstreet stepped in this year to assure the annual event will remain a local tradition.