Here’s a look at some local news:

Silver City resident, Chris Lemme, has reached out to the community to help fund a proof-of-concept process with the goal of creating a new path in recycling local materials. Since the citywide recycling program has ended, Lemme has organized a GoFundMe startup page with the goal to raise $2000. According to Lemme, the Silver City Plastic Recycling Startup is “one of the most successful and least resource intense solutions to process recyclable materials locally into other value-added products. Specifically, the funds raised will be used to purchase an extrusion machine to melt the plastic so it can be mixed with crushed glass and poured into molds. In addition, this would be the beginning of a process to reduce the waste stream going into the local landfill, create new jobs in the community, and generate a stream of outside revenue which will build the local tax base.”

Two-way traffic was opened on Friday for the first time on Pinos Altos, New Mexico Highway 15 since construction began last year. The reconstruction work included new pavement, drainage systems, street lighting, bike lanes, curb and gutter, and a new entrance to Bosworth off P.A. Road. In addition, there is a four-way stop at Pine Street and P.A Road.

According to the Gila National Forest Silver City Ranger District the lightning-caused Scout Fire that started on July 25th was approximately .10 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in Grant County. This fire started north of Signal Peak Road and burned in the 2006 Skates Fire scar. The fire was visible from NM Hwy 35 and Signal Peak Road. Signal Peak Lookout and an engine crew monitored the fire through the weekend.

An Espanola New Mexico native and NASA researcher, Jacob Torres, is working on a hybrid version of a chile plant that has been selected to be grown in space. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the plant is scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station for testing in March 2020. Torres is testing how to produce food beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. The New Mexico chile will be the first fruiting plant to be grown in space.