The project timeline for the US 180 4-lane project planning, designing and construction has been modified from October 2023 to January 2024. The project will be completed in three separate phases, pending funding availability, with the first phase scheduled to start in the Summer of 2024. Some of the construction that will take place will be the rehabilitation of pavement and widen shoulders from 8 feet to 10 feet with improving intersections south of the railroad crossing from Bayard to Hurley as well as south of Hurley to New Mexico 61 junction. For more information about the project, visit  website

The Silver City Museum recently received a $100,000 grant from the Creative Industries Division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department to help bring their “Silver City 101” exhibit to life. The grant program is a result of House Bill 8, which is designed to stimulate economic development through creative industries. The museum is set to use the funds to partner with local theater groups to create ongoing living history presentations, which showcase Silver City and Grant County’s rich and diverse history. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office in cooperation with Mountain State Constructors, Inc. is announcing the beginning of the NM 549 Roadway Rehabilitation Project. The project will take place on NM 549 from milepost 18 to milepost 22. Drivers can expect lane closures on both eastbound and westbound lanes of NM 549 as needed and the roadway will be restricted to 12-foot for oversized vehicles. The project will begin today, December 4th and is expected to be completed by March 2024. For more information, website

The Grant County Cattle Growers recently purchased a steer from the Gila Cliff Grant County Fair Junior Livestock and additional beef to donate to five local area schools thanks to the members’ donations and their fundraising efforts. The beef is set to be used for students in home economics and culinary arts classes to help them learn how to cook for their families, in cooking competitions as well as being able to use them in a working environment.    

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The New Mexico Lottery has launched a cookbook competition that is offering New Mexicans a chance to win $1,000. The competition was created in preparation for a 2024 Scratcher that will feature a celebrity chef. New Mexicans ages 18 and older can enter their original recipes for a chance to win prizes and be featured in the “Lottery Favorites Cookbook”. Three entrants will each win $1,000 and up to sixty entrants will win $50 in Lottery Bucks and a Lottery apron. Entries are being accepted now until January 3rd. For more information and to enter the competition, visit website.