Over four hundred 4-H members from all over New Mexico recently attended the New Mexico 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat that took place this month. During the retreat, members had the opportunity to submit a state portfolio that is an overview of their entire 4-H career, representing leadership, citizenship, growth in their project areas as well as personal growth. Hidalgo County 4-H member, Skyla Strain’s  portfolio was chosen as one the award-winning portfolios and she will be one of 9 members who will go on to represent New Mexico at the 2024 National 4-H Congress in November. Congratulations Skyla and best of luck.

In Grant County News:

 In 2023, the Gila National Forest took major steps toward restoring trails and watersheds damaged by the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire of 2012, which burned more than 274,000 acres of land. Volunteers moved rocks and logs to construct in-stream features to help improve habitat diversity, manage flow and sedimentation and to help stabilize streambanks. Additional restoration projects began on Willow Creek and Little Turkey Creek where heavy equipment was used to move logs and boulders to create riffles and pools, as well as install mid-channel rock clusters, harden and lay back the slope of steep banks, and install log features. In all, about 30 miles of trail on the west side of the Gila Wilderness has been reopened to hikers over the past year, with many more projects, trails, and miles to go before access is fully restored.

Silver Consolidated Schools has announced that Mr. Kerry Taylor will be the new Cliff Schools Principal beginning the 2024-2025 school year. Mr. Taylor has had over 25 years of experience in public education, including Athletic Director for Silver High School for the past 2 years. His tenure in education spans from contributions to Cobre Schools as an Agriculture Teacher and Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, as well as work with New Mexico State University as the Grant County 4-H Agent, where he achieved the academic rank of Associate Professor. Congratulations to Mr. Taylor.

The Grant County Chamber of Commerce is inviting all community members to join them at their February Luncheon which will have guest speaker Raul Turrieta, Grant County Chief Deputy Assessor. Mr. Turrieta will be discussing “The Territorial Charter for Silver City”, which outlines the legal framework and powers of the town government in Silver City. The luncheon will take place on February 1st  from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. For more information and to register, visit the Grant County Chamber of Commerce’s website.