Hidalgo Medical Services created a program that was initiated on April 1st this year that assisted many local seniors to date. The “Compassion for Seniors Program” according to Andrea Montoya, HMS Chief Support Officer, “aims to support the community of older adults living on limited incomes whose lives are improved through basic needs services.” In a news release it is described the program’s priority is to “address urgent needs such as household repairs, rent, mortgage, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses – each of which will be considered upon the availability of funds.” In addition, to date the program has assisted 14 seniors with urgent needs. The program is available to seniors 60 years of age or older. If you know a senior in need or are interested in supporting this critically important program through a tax-deductible donation to assist seniors in need, please contact the HMS Senior Advocate at 575-597-2967 or more information.

Starting on Tuesday, December 20th, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will be closing the gates on NM 159 “Bursum Road” for the upcoming winter months. According to information released from the NMDOT, the lower gate is located at milepost 12.3, just past Mogollon, and the upper gate located at milepost 22.6, Willow Creek Campground. This closure is in place due to winter weather conditions making the roadway impassable. The traveling public is asked to use US 180 to NM 12 (Reserve) to NM 435 (Reserve Beaverhead Road) for access into Willow Creek, Snow Lake, and the Gila National Forrest. The NMDOT will monitor gates and an expected reopening is scheduled for late April to mid-May.

Town of Silver City Mayor, Ken Ladner is hosting another Monday Meeting with the Mayor on December 19th at the Javalina Coffee House located at 117 West Market Street in Downtown Silver City. All are invited to stop by to share their insights and ideas with Mayor Ladner and enjoy a beverage compliments of the mayor.