Arenas Valley Animal Clinic will conduct two vaccination clinics in Hidalgo County for dogs, cats and equines this Saturday, on April 29th. The first one will be held at the Rodeo Clout Store from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and the second will be at the Animas Community center from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. One year and three year vaccinations will be available. For more information, contact the Arenas Valley Clinic. 

The Future Forge Makerspace will be having a free soil health class this Sunday, April 30th. The class will link the effects of modern regenerative land practices with their physical, chemical and biological impacts on soil. The class will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 307 East College Avenue in Silver City. For more information call 575-519-5798.

The Quemado Ranger District is planning to use a prescribed fire to treat approximately 4,650 acres of the Gila National Forest in the Slaughter Mesa area. The burn will occur in the meadow and ponderosa pine forest habitats, targeting primarily grass and ponderosa pine trees. The prescribed burn will begin May 4th and is expected to last about one week. For more information about the prescribed fire, go to website or call 575-388-8211.

 The City of Deming is working on adding an inflatable water park in the Voiers “Pit’ park that is being funded by a Recreational Centers Quality of Life Grant. The water park will be located at the northwest end of Trees Lake and will cover close to five acres. There will be a lazy river, kayaks, restroom facilities and a building for concessions. The estimated open date is sometime in June. 

Nearly $100 million will be headed to the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department. This will be the largest expansion of New Mexico’s Pre-K program since 2005. The funds will help expand access to early childhood education in rural areas, recruit more qualified teachers for the programs and increase the number of hours three and four year old’s will have in the classroom.