The Bayard Public Library will be hosting a reception for local artist Felix Norero. Felix is a self-taught abstract painter who tells a different story with each painting he creates. The event will take place on Friday, April 21st from 3:30-5:30p.m. in the library conference room. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 575-537-6224.

The Great American Cleanup program will hold a “community cleanup” day in Deming.  They are the nation’s largest improvement program that helps stop littering and promotes recycling. This event has taken place annually in an estimated 20,000 communities. The event will take place Saturday, April 22nd from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. and will  meet on Cedar Street. For more information call 575-694-5257.

The Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District is preparing to conduct the Cedar Breaks Fire on April 23rd. The 1,000-acre prescribed fire aims to reduce the threat of wildfire to nearby communities by removing piled fuels and scattered slash. Smoke may be visible along U.S. Highway 180 and may linger during nighttime and early morning hours.  Air quality and health information is posted online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One will begin a maintenance operation project in Hidalgo County. The project will involve placing “chip seal” on various roadways in the county. The process will start Monday, April 24th from 7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday until the project is complete. Motorists should expect delays, reduced speed signs and lane closures. The route closures will be updated weekly and can be viewed by going to website or by calling 511. 

The Bill Evans Lake department is conducting a boater and angler improvement project for the month of April. Improvements include the installation of a new concrete boat and ramp dock, fishing jetties, road improvements regarding the north camping access area and much more. Anglers should expect road closures during construction. For current conditions, contact the department’s Fisheries Management Division at 505-476-8055.