The non-profit organization, Earth Ways Outdoors, is offering “Walkabout” for children 8 to 13 years old in Grant County who are interested in exploring the outdoors. Walkabout is a program that provides children the opportunity to get to know the local creeks, hillsides and forests in the area through group nature exploration, awareness games, guided nature observation and more. The program takes place the 2nd Friday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will meet at the Bayard Community Center. For more information, call 575-519-9232. 

The Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District plans to burn about 365 acres of slash piles at the Beaverhead Work center and along the north end of Forest Road 150. The project area is located approximately 25 miles west of Winston, New Mexico. Burning began yesterday ,February 1st and will continue as long as suitable conditions last, or until the project is complete.

The Luna County Farm and Livestock Bureau will be hosting a Public Meeting on the proposed Mimbres Peak National Monument tomorrow, February 3rd. Guest speakers will be representing the impacts of the monument designations to the community and will be giving community members the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Southwest New Mexico State Fairgrounds located at 4100 Raymond Reed Boulevard in Deming.

Western New Mexico University is planning on expanding its Community and Workforce Development program by creating a new Career Technical Education Center. The program currently helps train skilled workers in welding, electrical, construction technology and industrial mechanics. The new facility would offer trade training programs that tie directly to employment opportunities that are in high demand like HVAC technology, automotive repair and plumbing. Also, the facility is set to include shop spaces designed to be flexible to help accommodate changes as the facility develops. 

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation, (NMDOT) will be monitoring roadway conditions with local law enforcement over the next several days. High winds and snow are expected to occur over the weekend, therefore the NMDOT recommends travelers monitor local forecast conditions and to visit their website as roadway conditions may change quickly throughout New Mexico. Travelers can check weather and road advisories by visiting website or by calling 511.