Western New Mexico University was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help support Fiesta Latina, the university’s signature cultural event. Fiesta Latina is a celebration of New Mexico’s ties to Mexico and Mexican folk art through Mexican films, musical performances, cultural dances and much more. The funding is set to be used to subsidize the free events the festival offers and to get the word out about the festival to help increase attendance and expand the education opportunities Fiesta Latina has to offer. 

The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District will be resuming hand thinning at the end of this month in the Little Walnut area within portions of the 179-acre Unit 6 and the 41-acre Unit 4. This work continues the Joint Chiefs’ Bear Creek to Signal Peak Collaborative Restoration project, a joint U.S. Department of Agriculture effort between the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Forest Service. Visitors are encouraged to watch and listen for sawyers and heavy equipment, allowing plenty of room to work as the crew’s ability to see and hear will be limited by vegetation and chainsaw operations. Work is expected to take place for the next few months.  

The Gila Resources Information Project in collaboration with NM-INSPIRES Community Engagement Core recently developed an internship to give students the opportunity to monitor the air quality in Grant County. The interns will be able to work on local environmental health projects, like the setup and maintenance of air quality monitors in the Silver City and Grant County area as well as environment, science and community outreach. Student interns will also be responsible for analyzing their data and community outreach through social media, publications and in-person community events. 

In Deming News:

Congratulations to the Deming High School Lady Wildcats Basketball team who captured a 6-0 District 3-4A season winning them the championship, which is the team’s first championship since 2010-2011. The Deming girls are now the district tournament’s top seed heading into the championship game this Friday, March 1st. Good luck in the championship game ladies!

The Deming City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on February 28th to discuss personal matters regarding the appointments of the Chief of Police, City Manager and the Finance Director/Treasurer, as well as other business matters. The meeting will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers located at Deming City Hall.