Here’s a look at some local news:

There are four fires burning on Wilderness Ranger District according to a release from the Gila National Forest, U.S Forest Service. The Black Fire and the South Fire are both lightning caused and located in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Gila National Forest. In addition, the “Little Fire” and the “Woodrow Fire” are located in the Gila Wilderness, Gila National Forest. The Forest Service has reported that “helicopter reconnaissance shows that these naturally-ignited fires are doing good things for the land. These fires will continue in a monitor status using lookouts and aerial reconnaissance. The fires are all exhibiting low to moderate effects, cleaning up dead and down trees, and debris from previous fires, thereby reducing ladder and surface fuels.”

The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the July 4th Parade that was held yesterday in Silver City. In the Float Division, first place was awarded to Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS), second place went to Agmechtronic, and third place went to the Republican Party of Grant County. In the Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, and Tractor Division, the winners were as follows: first place to the Marine Corps League; second place to Michael Stepp/Jeff Gleen – 1930 Model A Delivery Truck; and third place went to Norm Ruebush and Friends – Antique Tractors. In the Walking Groups Division, the winners were as follows: first place to StarDancers Studio; second place to Jerry Boswell Blue Can Man; and third place to PFLAG Silver City.

An educational training workshop is scheduled in Deming on Wednesday, July 10th, hosted by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ staff focusing on the New Mexico Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act, known as the state’s “Sunshine Laws.”  The Office of the New Mexico Attorney General regularly conducts educational presentations throughout the state and they are open to the general public. The workshop is being held at the Luna County Depot, 217 North Country Club Road in Deming from 9:00 A.M. to 12 noon. There is no charge for the training, but participants should preregister. Go to nmag. gov and click on “Upcoming Events”.