The Gila Information Project (GRIP) and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition will hold a Gila Earth day and Continental Divide Trail Days festival.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gough park. Earth Day is an annual global event celebrated on April 22nd to raise awareness and support for environmental protection and long-term sustainability. This year’s theme is “Invest in Our Planet” which highlights the importance of paving a path towards a prosperous future while focusing on utilizing our time, energy, and resources. For more information, go to website, today’s news, for the link to the event.

Congratulations to Mr. Claudie Thompson from Silver Consolidated School District. Mr. Thompson has been  nominated for National History Day, Teacher of the Year. This award is sponsored by Patricia Behring in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. Each National History Day affiliate may nominate one high school and one middle school teacher for this award.  Each $10,000 award nominee is for a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500. The national winner will be selected by a committee of experienced teachers and historians and will be announced on June 15th at the National Awards Ceremony in College Park, Maryland. 

Deming Animal Guardians will have a pet food giveaway for those in need. There will be information on spay/neuter coupons and other services. The event will take place Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.. at Cesar Chavez High School, located at 315 East First Street. 

The Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District has reopened the Baca slash pit. About 50,000 cubic feet of splash material was burned over the past couple of weeks on the 5-acre site northeast of Quemado, New Mexico. The ashes have now cooled down and the site is safe for public entry. For more information, call 575-388-8211. 

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest has a new program called Daisy by Mail. This is a short-term monthly, self-guided program for new Girl Scouts entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall of 2023. It is free for the first 50 girls who register. For more information, contact Annette Toney at 575-538-2481 extension 4242. 

For Hidalgo County graduates, there is a $1000 scholarship available to one Animas and one Lordsburg graduate senior. Applications are available from school counselors or by emailing Applications must be postmarked by April 28th. All seniors from Animas and Lordsburg are encouraged to apply.