Here’s a look at some local news:

The Silver City MainStreet Project received a $7,500 grant from Wells Fargo for the Silver Strand – Kelly Street project. According to a release from Silver City MainStreet, the funding will be used to activate the dead-end of Kelly Street between Bullard Street and the Big Ditch Park. The project includes wayfinding signs, and traffic calming murals painted in the crosswalks. Silver City MainStreet plans on using the area for free family events that offer games and other activities and encourage residents into the downtown and Big Ditch Park.

First New Mexico Bank in Silver City has reported that they have received multiple alerts from customers who have been called by individuals claiming to be with the Social Security Administration Office. Those called were told a vehicle involved with drugs and weapons crimes was stopped in Texas and the victim’s social security number was associated with the crimes. In addition, the callers demand you send them funds via gift cards, electronic transfers, and/or BITCOIN in order to be protected. These phone calls are a fraud attempt. If you believe you may have already fallen victim to this fraud attempt, please notify your local law enforcement agency and your financial institution.

The Deming Public School’s Board of Education has been recognized and awarded a plaque for 2019 Best Board Meeting Attendance in Region 8 from the New Mexico School Board Association. Members of the Board receiving the award were Board President, Bayne Anderson, vice president Matt Robinson; board secretary Sophia Cruz; and board members, Tris McSherry and Billy Ruiz.

Three fires have started in the Gila National Forest over the weekend, all lightning caused. As of the time of this report, The Black Fire is approximately 20 miles northeast of Mimbres near the Black Canyon and in very steep and rugged terrain. The Sapillo Fire is approximately 30 miles southwest of the Gila Cliff Dwellings and is in steep rugged terrain close to the Gila River. The South Fire is approximately 30 miles north of Mimbres and is also in steep and rugged terrain. The plan for all three fires is to monitor via aerial reconnaissance.