Here’s some of today’s local news:

Fort Bayard Wreaths Across America has reach their goal of having a wreath for every marker in Fort Bayard National Cemetery. The “Remembrance Ceremony” at Fort Bayard will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 10:00 A.M. Volunteers will be placing the wreaths on each marker on Friday December 14th at 10:00 A.M.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be closing the gates located on NM 159 (Bursum Road) starting at noon tomorrow, December 5th , with the lower gate at mile post 12.3 and the upper gate located at mile post 22.6. The gates are seasonally closed due to expected winter weather conditions making the roadway impassable. The traveling public is asked to use US 180 to NM 12 (Reserve) to NM 435 (Reserve Beaverhead Road) for access into Willow Creek, Snow Lake, and the Gila National Forest. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will monitor the gates and reopen them next spring. Updated information can be obtained by visiting

Western New Mexico’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be taking place on Friday, December 14th at 2:00 P.M. in the Fine Arts Center. According to a release, “They will receive their diplomas then shake hands with WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard and with newly elected Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, Howie Morales, who is an alum and WNMU’s fall commencement speaker.” Diplomas being granted at WNMU’s fall 2018 commencement ceremony include those for 48 associate degrees, 124 bachelor’s degrees, 109 master’s degrees, eight certificates, seven fast-track certificates, and 26 graduate certificates.

Parents as Teachers, a Luna County Health and Well-Being program, is a local resource that provides free child passenger safety classes for local parents. The Parents as Teachers staff are certified “Car Seat Technicians” through the New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division. Participating parents watch an informational video, receive safety guide brochures, and a new child car seat in exchange for a $20 donation to “Safer New Mexico Now.” The classes are offered every fourth Thursday of the month but because of the holidays, will be held Thursday December 13th at 205 East Hemlock Street in Deming. For more information, call 575-546-9254.

Grant County College Bound will be having ACT Prep Nights with the first one scheduled for this Thursday, December the 6th from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at Silver High School. There will be one more session that is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18th from 6:30-8:00 PM, also at Silver High School. The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student’s skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing. Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.  For more information, call Alicia Beck at 575-313-0940.