According to a news release issued by the U.S Forest Service-Gila National Forest, emergency firefighters on a “call when needed” basis are needed to help fill critical needs. The Gila National Forest will host two orientation meetings on January 18 and 24 at the Grant County Veteran’s Memorial Business & Conference Center to accept applications for administratively determined – or A.D. – personnel to help with as needed firefighting efforts in 2023. In addition, some examples of possible work include fire camp crew, wildland firefighters, administrative support, drivers, warehouse supply cache workers, and emergency medical technicians.

The Literacy Link Leamos “Let’s Read Program” is seeking local volunteers to assist in the effort of delivering free books to Grant County children. Caroline Baldwin has been volunteering and delivering thousands of books each year for over 20 years to elementary students in Grant County and beyond with the Let’s Read or Literacy Link-Leamos program. An important meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, January 26th, 9:30 A.M. at the Silver City Public Library. The public is invited to attend and learn more about this important literacy program.

In Hidalgo County, the 4-H re-enrollment deadline is approaching this week. Youth that signed up for 4-H last year must re-enroll by Friday, January 13th. “Hidalgo County 4-H is the primary youth organization located in the boot heel of New Mexico. What empowers the Hidalgo County 4-H program to be more than just an average youth organization is the collaboration, teamwork, and strong partnerships with the other counties in the Southwest District and in the State of New Mexico.” For more information, contact the NMSU Hidalgo County 4-H office at 575-542-9291.