The Arbor Day Foundation higher education program has recently designated Western New Mexico University as an official “Tree Campus” that recognizes sustainability through the building and maintenance of university community forests. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Western New Mexico University achieved this designation by engaging the university campus in the spirit of conservation and through the “establishment of a tree advisory committee…campus tree care plan…and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.” Established in 2008, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus Higher Education initiative encourages colleges and universities across the nation to create an approach that would allow for institutions to grow community forests while working toward efficacy and conservation.

The Silver City Public Library is seeking community input for future planning. Currently, there are surveys available online or at the library located at 515 West College Avenue. In addition, the next public meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, February 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Individuals may also attend the meeting online via Zoom. Library staff members are seeking input on collections, digital services, activities, events, customer service, and anything else the public wishes the library to offer. For more information, visit the Public Library of Silver City page on Facebook or silver city public library dot org.

The Hidalgo County Clerk’s Office will be tomorrow Thursday, February 9th to allow staff to attend a mandatory clerk’s meeting in Albuquerque. Regular office hours will resume on Friday, February 10th. For more information, call the clerk’s office at 575-542-9213,


The Grant County Assessor’s Office will be closed Monday February 13th and will re-open to the public on Friday, February 17th at 12 noon. All property appraisers will be attending extensive required training by the property tax division. The Grant County tax assessor staff is sorry for any inconvenience.