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The Gila National Forest has implemented forest-wide Stage 1 fire restrictions that will begin tomorrow, May 5th at 8:00 A.M. The decision was made based on high fire danger and persistent severe weather conditions. According to a news release, under State 1 fire restrictions, igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes is allowed only inside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within designated areas. Additional restrictions are also placed on smokers.  Further information regarding fire restrictions may be obtained at the Gila National Forest Supervisor’s office in Silver City or visiting the website at

Four Western New Mexico University students were accepted to the “Building Scholars” research-intensive summer program. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program includes course work and mentoring activities, also giving students the opportunity to conduct research at a partner institution. All four recipients are psychology majors and include: Jazmin Castillo, Andrea Chavez, Saramaria Ortega, and Susanna Wollard. In addition, the scholarship includes tuition for 30 credit hours and a living stipend. Congratulations!

The New Mexico Department of Health has launched the “Live Vape Free” program offering teens free tools and resources by text message to help them quit the use of electronic cigarettes. Studies show that traditional cigarette smoking is at an all-time low among New Mexico high school youth at 9%, but according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 1 in 3 New Mexico high school youth are currently vaping. Live Vape Free is a national text-based program capable of providing teens (ages 13 to 17) with one-on-one coaching, live text support, and interactive content to help them quit e-cigarettes. In addition, New Mexico is one of only five states to launch both the youth and adult components of the program, out of the just 13 states using the Live Vape Free program. In order to register, teens VAPEFREE to 873373. Adults will need to register online at

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