Silver City Public Safety Officers have urged residents to take extra care in avoiding thefts, traffic citations, and personal injury. Silver City Chief of Police Freddie Portillo and Fire Chief Milo Lambert offered tips for a safe and secure holiday season. Silver City Police will be proactive by citing unsafe drivers and heavily enforcing DWI’s. In addition, residents should never give out personal information over the telephone or internet, keep vehicles locked at all times, bring packages indoors as soon as possible, take an extra moment to be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activity to Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840. Fire Chief Lambert added that more house fires and home fire deaths occur between December and February. Be careful with home heating equipment and reconsider highly flammable Christmas trees. For more tips and information, visit

The Silver City Ranger District, Gila National Forest will be closing the Signal Peak Road also known as National Forest System Road 154, near the Aspen Park area on Monday, December 19th. According to a news release, the closure is scheduled to last through the winter season, reopening after conditions improve in the Spring. According to Silver City District Ranger, Elizabeth Toney, “In years when the road was left open, visitors have slid off of the road or had their vehicles stuck in the area until spring.” Visitors wishing to visit the lookout on Signal Peak may park so that they are not blocking the gate and proceed on foot. It is approximately 4.5 miles one way from the gate to the fire lookout.

Magistrate Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court, Maureen Laney, will be retiring on December 22nd after serving 30 with the courts and 12 years on the bench. Newly elected Judge Justin Garwood will take over the bench upon Judge Laney’s retirement. Thank you, Judge Maurine Laney for your dedicated and compassionate service to the community and enjoy your well-earned retirement!