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 this Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gough park. Earth Day is an annual global event that raises 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

The Deming Luna County Economic Development Department is offering healthy food financing. There are $400,000 in competitive grants between $20,000 and $100,000 for healthy food financing. These grants will strengthen the local food system supply chain and increase market opportunities for farmers and agricultural producers. The deadline to apply is April 25th. For more information on how to apply, go to website

The Tour of the Gila will be celebrating 36 years of bicycle racing in Southwest New Mexico this year. There will be 18 professional men’s teams and 12 professional women’s teams from around the world and over 200 amateurs. The races will take place April 26th through the 30th. One of the most exciting days to catch the action is during the downtown circuit, which will take place on the 29th. For more details go to website

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recently announced that the state will be sending out tax rebates in mid-June, putting more than $673 million into the pockets of New Mexicans. The state Taxation and Revenue Department will send rebates of $500 to single filers and $1000 to married taxpayers, head of household and surviving spouses tax filers. Any New Mexico resident who filed a 2021 tax return and was not declared as a dependent on another taxpayer’s return will receive the rebate. 

Congratulations to Assistant Chief Bevery Fraile of the Animas Fire and Rescue Department. Chief Fralie has been with the department for 39 years and was recently recognized for her hard work and dedication to the Fire Department and community.