For Grant County residents, this Saturday is considered “Spring Cleaning” time in the communities of Grant County. You can bring your large items for disposal for free and help put trash where it belongs. On March 18th from 9am to noon at Gough Park in Silver City drop off your large items such as refrigerators, washers and dryers and the like. No hazardous waste or liquids will be accepted.  You can also participate in the community trash pick-up. Volunteers sign in at 9am. For more information Silver City Toss No Mas dot org.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is looking to agricultural producers, agricultural industry representatives, researchers, scientists and members of health and regulatory committees in New Mexico to join its Task Force on Ag Air Quality. The Task Force examines the intersection of agricultural production and air quality, and advises the Secretary on scientifically sound, cost-effective, federally supported agricultural solutions that can help improve air quality. Applications and nominations must be received by May 5th.  For more information go to

In Luna County News, the Mexican Mobile Consulate will be providing assistance to those who need their services at the Library at the Village of Columbus on March 18th from 8am to 3pm.

In other news, a Deming resident faces 1st degree murder charge. Rogelio Baeza Junior, 36, has now been charged with first degree murder of his brother, Edward Brown. In addition, Baeza will be facing fourth-degree felony charges associated with tampering with evidence. 

The Luna County Board of County Commissioners will be holding a work session from 8am to 5pm, tomorrow, March 14th. There will be additional meetings all week. For more on these meetings contact the Luna County County of Commissioners office at 575-546-0494.

In Grant County, need some help on your taxes? There are several places to get free help.  There are free in-person tax preparation sessions available at the Bayard Public Library and at WNMU Watts Hall, with no age restrictions, by appointment, offered by AARP Tax-Aide Foundation.  For Bayard, call 575-342-1892. For WNMU in Silver call 575-342-8930.

Speaking of Taxes and possible tax returns, did you know that the State of New Mexico allows residents who qualify for a refund on their personal income tax return to donate all or part of it to the Healthy Soil Program. The program was enacted in 2019 and is being administered by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). NMDA provides financial assistance through the Healthy Soil Program to help land managers implement conservation projects. To learn more about the program, how to donate your refund or make a donation, reach out to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.