Here’s a look at some local news:

The New Mexico Department of Health has enacted emergency rules governing the licensure and regulation of boarding homes that residentially house individuals discharged from mental or behavioral health care institutions. According to a release from the NMDOH, the rules were put into effect as of December 5th, and were promulgated to protect the health, safety, and welfare of those currently residing in boarding homes. Any boarding home falling within the scope of these emergency rules must apply for a license within 30 days and meet basic health and safety requirements. A permanent boarding home rule will be proposed and noticed to the public in February 2020. The public will have the opportunity to submit comments on the permanent rule at a public hearing to be scheduled in March 2020.

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents will be meeting this Thursday, December 12th to continue discussing the 2019-2020 President’s Evaluation Form and Performance Goals. In addition, they will address new business such as the university’s Five-Year Plan for New Degree Programs, Mid-Year Budget Adjustment Request for Fiscal Year 2020, Fiscal Year 2020 Quarter 1 Financial Certification, Revised Five-Year Capital Outlay Projects and Institutional Capital Projects and Infrastructure Projects, Donation of Property and Honorary Doctorate Degree. The agenda and other pertinent documents are available at

There will be a “Genealogy Workshop” open to the public on Friday, December 13th from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. at the Silver City Museum Annex. Sarah Clark, an active member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will teach individuals how to research their ancestry. For additional information, contact Jacob Bennett Chapter Regent, Lucy Whitmarsh, at 575-574-8394.