The Silver City community based program, The New Earth Project, is looking for individuals who are interested in creating climate solutions and empowering youth. This project, which  is part of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, addresses pressing environmental issues with not just a call for sustainability-based solutions, but for regenerative and restorative practices, improving and revitalizing agriculture soils and natural landscapes. The program also employs youth from the Grant County area to give them new skills and knowledge to help them become strong leaders in the workforce and community. For more information about the program and to get involved, visit website

Friends of Rockhound State Park are having a “Luminarias Evening” event tomorrow, December 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be cider, cookies, Santa Clause and hundreds of Luminarias for all to see. This event will take place at 9880 Stirrup Road Southeast in Deming and is free to all those interested. 

Congratulations to Steve Duffy and Corporal Cody Thayer of Grant County who were recently recognized for their hard work and dedication to the community. Mr. Duffy was awarded an “Employee Recognition” certificate for his 10 years of service to Corre Caminos. Mr. Thayer was recognized for his 5 years of dedicated service to the Grant County Detention Center and for being a member of the Response Team. Thank you both for your service to the community. 

If you are concerned about issues in Grant County such as access to behavioral health services, unhealthy behaviors, substance misuse, and more, this is an opportunity to tell your story or share your perspective through poetry. The Center for Health Innovation-Public Health Institute (CHI-PHI) is now accepting poems that center on behavioral health in the rural landscape of Southwest New Mexico. Poems that are selected may be published and used for subsequent years for similar projects. The deadline to submit a poem is December 15th. For more information, visit website.

In New Mexico News:

New Mexico placed 10th in the top states for National Park Sites according to a recent study done by Viator, a TripAdvisor company. Viator applied a points-based index system which analyzed the number of national park sites, average annual visitors to each national park site and average TripAdvisor rating to ultimately uncover the best states to travel to for national park sites. New Mexico also ranks #2 in the nation for total number of national park sites and ranks very high in least number of people visiting each park during the year, which is ideal for those who like a private experience when visiting these national parks.