One of 25 historic restaurants nationwide that received a grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nancy’s Silver Café on Bullard Street in Silver City, completed their façade restoration within the designated time-period ending on December 15th. Local business, B & S Construction and Design was responsible for the completion of the project. The grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation amounted to $40,000.

Western New Mexico University’s head football coach, Phillip Vigil, has resigned from the position after 2 seasons to become the head coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Under his leadership, for the first time in 30 years, the Mustangs had a winning 6-5 season and a Green Chile Bowl win over Eastern New Mexico University. No timetable has been announced regarding the hiring of a new coach.

The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals, and Resources Department is sponsoring free guided hikes in 13 state parks in New Year’s Day as part of the “America’s State Parks First Day Hikes” initiative in all 50 states. According to a news release, the first day hikes offer individuals and families the opportunity to go outside, exercise, and enjoy nature during winter. Last year it was recorded that 50,000 people participated in the First Day Hike initiative across the country. Elephant Butte Park, home to the largest lake in the state, is the location of the one of the most popular First Day Hikes where visitors are granted access to walk across the historic 107-year old dam. Some local state parks that made the list include Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus and City of Rocks State Park in Faywood. For a list of state parks offering First Day Hikes visit the website at