Western New Mexico University’s Veterans Affairs Office is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting regarding the new PACT ACT  law that expands VA health care to Vietnam, Gulf, and Iraq/Afghanistan  War veterans suffering from exposure to “Agent Orange”, burn pits, and other toxic substances while in service. Among other points to be covered, there are 20 new “presumptive” conditions that have now been added to the VA’s treatment eligibility list. The program will be presented by the New Mexico VA Health Care System, the Albuquerque Regional VA Benefits Office, and the New Mexico Department of Veteran Service. Guest speakers will be Director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System, Robert McKendrick; Director of Veterans Benefit Administration, Cesar Romero; and Interim Cabinet Secretary, Donnie Quintana. The Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. at the WNMU’s Besse-Forward Global Resource Center Auditorium. For more information, visit online at  https://veterans.wnmu.edu/.

Mayor of the Town of Silver City, Ken Ladner, is looking for qualified volunteers to serve on the Municipal Museum Community Advisory Group, the Municipal Library Community Advisory Group, and the Planning & Zoning Commission. Each group currently has one vacancy. More information can be obtained by visiting the Town’s website at townofsilvercity.org and click on the “Boards, Commissions & Groups” page.

The U.S Forest Service Gila National Forest continues to present “Coffee with Camille” events on the third Thursday of the month through March. The public forums allow members of the local communities to interact with the Gila National Forest Supervisor, Camille Howes, and other staff to discuss concerns and interests relative to management of the Gila National Forest. The next “Coffee with Camille” event is scheduled for January 19th from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M at the Gila National Forest Supervisor office in Silver City.