Here’s a look at some local news:

Local youth who participated in the 2019 Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Camp, completed, dedicated and unveiled their Endangered Species Mural on Western New Mexico University’s Barnard Hall. Visiting artist, Roger Peet and local artists, Alison Phillips and Diana Ingalls Leyba, led this year’s Youth Mural Camp. The project was done in conjunction with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species Mural Program, that works with artists, scientists, and organizers to bring endangered wildlife onto the streets of cities and towns around the country.

The Gila National Forest Service has released final updates on fires in the Wilderness Ranger District. The lightning-caused Rocky Fire remains at 640 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.  This fire is demonstrating low fire behavior with some growth to the north and west and remains east of Forest Road 150. The lightning-caused South Fire remains at 3,060 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.  It received some precipitation on over the weekend, which decreased fire activity. The lightning-caused Woodrow Fire is 1,090 acres and 100% contained, on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness.

Members of the local Preceptor Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently attended their New Mexico State Convention in Socorro on the campus of New Mexico Tech. Laura Ross Wingfield, granddaughter of the Founder of Beta Sigma Phi, served as guest speaker for the weekend and awarded the local Preceptor Tau members with the “Best Spirit Award”. Local members attending the convention were: Leticia Obar, Maria Elena Sanchez, Angie Garcia and Shelley Topmiller. Beta Sigma Phi is an international non-academic sorority that incorporates service as part of its activities. The motto for Beta Sigma Phi is Life, Learning and Friendship. Service is done locally and internationally and is a tribute to the character of the members.