Students at Western New Mexico University will be continuing a long-lived student organization this year as they have revitalized the MEChA program. The new WNMU MECha president, Anais Orantez, is working on bringing new energy to the group by reaching out to the broader southwestern New Mexico community by participating in local Hispanic events. She also plans to start a podcast so members of MECha can tell stories of Chicano life and is planning on collaborating with other student organizations, including the Native American Student Alliance and the newly formed International Student Association to help improve MEChA’s long standing commitment to Chicano education. 

The Silver City Museum curator, Javier Marrufo, local author Catalina Claussen and musician Brandon Perrault will be giving a presentation entitled the “Oral History of Grant County” on Sunday, October 29th. Javier will be discussing the Oral History of Silver City’s Chihuahua Hill, while Catalina and Brandon speak about the history of the Perrault family in the Mimbres Valley. The discussion will take place at the Silver City Museum Annex from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nomination applications for the 2023 Grant County Awards. These nominations allow individuals, businesses and organizations to be recognized for their hard work and dedication over the past year. There will be six categories up for nominations including Citizen of the Year, Employee of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The deadline to submit a nomination application will be November 8th. For more information on the categories up for nomination and to submit an application, visit the website.

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services has resumed its Highly Rural Veterans Transportation Program to service medical transportation needs for veterans in Grant County. The program provides free round-trip rides to veterans to and from their home and any U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or VA-approved medical appointment. Veterans interested in using this service must make reservations for these free round trip rides at least 3 days in advance of a medical appointment. For more information on scheduling a reservation, visit the website

In Deming News:

The Mimbres Memorial Hospital, Mimbres Valley Medical Group and the Luna County Department of Health will be hosting a drive-thru “Flu Clinic” tomorrow, October 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The clinic will be held at the Mimbres Memorial Hospital and is free to all Luna County residents.