The Bootheel Foundation, which helps support education in New Mexico, will be awarding $40,000 in teacher grants to Silver City, Lordsburg and Cobre to help enhance learning experiences. Through a selection process, the foundation has identified deserving teachers and programs that demonstrate dedication to fostering creativity, critical thinking and student engagement. The grants are aimed to help empower teachers with the resources needed to implement innovative teaching methods, enhance classroom learning and to address unique educational challenges within the community. 

The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has temporarily closed the Cherry Creek, McMillan and Iron Creek Campgrounds due to ice-related safety hazards. Recent snow storms have delivered a significant amount of snow which has caused freeze-thaw cycles to harden into a thick layer of ice that is a hazard to drivers and pedestrians. All campgrounds will be monitored regularly and will reopen when conditions allow.

Congratulations to Luke Allsup, Lola Torres and Delilah Munoz for receiving this month’s Kiwanis “Student of the Month” award. Luke is a junior at Cliff Schools and was recognized for his strong work ethic and dedication. Lola, a student at La Plata Middle School was recognized for her positive attitude and dedication to her studies and Delilah, a freshman at Silver High School was chosen for her academic growth and kind nature.  

Thanks to “The Friends of the Library” organization, programs at the Silver City Public Library expanded significantly in 2023. The variety of offerings for the annual summer reading program benefitted participants of all ages, and new collaborations with community members and organizations resulted in a record 267 programs for both adults and youth. Also, new digital services were added to the library including Grant Station, Kanopy and Playaway. Visit the Silver City Public Library to learn more about the services and programs they offer. 

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AARP Tax-Aide, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will be providing tax assistance to Grant County residents who are in need of help preparing their tax forms. AARP Tax-Aide  will prepare and file Federal and New Mexico tax returns for taxpayers of any age and income level at no charge. The program will be available February 5th through April 10th and is by appointment only. Appointments and services will take place in Silver City and Bayard. For an appointment in Silver City call 575-342-8990. For Bayard call 575-342-1892.