A BIG THANK YOU to all who came out and made the Dash for Trash event in Silver City such a huge success. There were 39 individuals and 6 teams that volunteered their time and efforts to this event. Over 880 pounds of trash and debris were collected from the Big Ditch, San Vicente Creek Trailhead, Hudson Street, Ridge Road and Downtown Silver City. The winners of the most trash collected were Karsten Krouse and team “Trash Pandas”.  

The City of Deming is bringing back its Summer Recreation Program. Registration will run from the 29th through the 1st and will be held at Peppers Supermarket from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program is for boys and girls and will begin on June 5th. The summer program is absolutely free and open to children aged 5 to 12 years old. For more information call 575-545-9385.

Western New Mexico University (WNMU) recently hosted a group of Mescalero Apache youth who came to Silver City as part of a school field trip. The youth came to harvest agave plants which are a very important part of the Mescalero Apache culture and to visit the WNMU campus. For many students this was their first time harvesting agave plants and touring a college campus. This experience not only gave students the opportunity to learn the importance of harvesting agave plants but also about the many opportunities Western New Mexico University has to offer. 

The Lordsburg Hidalgo Library will be having “Storytime” with Miss United States on Friday, June 2nd. Miss United States will be reading “The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars” and will sign autograph cards. The event will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. For more information call 575-542-8705.

The Pass Fire on the Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District has grown to approximately 10,560 acres since it was ignited by lightning on May 15th. The Pass Fire is located south of New Mexico Highway 59, about 1 mile west of Wolf Hollow Campground and along the Gila Wilderness boundary. Firefighters continue to actively monitor the fire and are initiating burnout operations as needed. Crews are keeping pace with the fire and ensuring the predetermined objectives are being met. At this time, there are no road closures but travelers are encouraged to drive with caution. For more information call 575-388-8211.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recently signed an executive order that will help families with special needs children navigate the state’s special education system. The order will create a specialized office under the Public Education Department that will help expand special education services, train and recruit more educators and help track the state’s progress. The specialized office will also collect statewide special education data and make sure the state is in compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.