The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has begun burning slash piles near Little Walnut Road. Recent precipitation has made it possible to burn the slash that was cut from a fuels reduction project that occurred last fall. The slash piles will be located near the Southeast corner of the Feeley Subdivision, north of Little Walnut Road and along Forest Road 506. These treatments are aimed to enhance landscape resiliency and to help reduce fire intensities. Smoke production is expected to be minimal and may persist for several days following completion of ignitions. 

This past week, students from Jose Barrios Elementary School ran a community-wide food collection campaign to help benefit residents experiencing food insecurity. Students ran a five-week food drive to help stock the shelves of Western New Mexico University’s food pantry, the “One Stop” center. Each year, students at Jose Barrios Elementary School run a food collection drive to donate to a local non profit organization that helps provide food assistance to those in need. 

PFLAG of Silver City and the WNMU Q&A Club will be having a “LGBTQ+ Parent Panel” event for parents and children who may have questions regarding LGBTQ issues. The panel will take place on April 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Western New Mexico University Miller Library. All community members are welcome to attend. 

The Outdoor Recreation Division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department recently announced their round three Trails + Grants recipients. Round three awards a total of $1,611,743 for eight counties, including Grant County. The funds will go to The Town of Silver City to design an ADA accessibility ramp within the San Vicente Creek Big Ditch Park. The project will include planning and designing small-scale drainage, retaining walls, erosion control and improving accessibility from the Main Street Plaza. Also, the town will work on installing signage with historical and environmental information that pertains to the San Vicente Creek and removing invasive species. 

In Lordsburg News: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office has announced the approval of the $23.3 million roadway rehabilitation project on Interstate 10 from milepost 0 to milepost 15 in Hidalgo County. Beginning today, and lasting approximately 200 working days, drivers can expect various daytime lane closures on both the eastbound and westbound lanes as needed for milling and paving operations. The contractor’s hours of operation will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Also, overnight lane closures may be in place for the replacement of the guardrail and concrete wall barrier.