The Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District is preparing to burn slash piles on 418 acres at Rainy Mesa around July 8th, with the exact timing to be determined by weather, fuels conditions and resource availability. Burning slash piles will help remove fuel from the landscape and will allow the ingrowth of grasses for livestock and wildlife and will help long-term forest health. The Rainy Mesa Prescribed Fire Project will be located about 4 miles southeast of the Village of Reserve, off of Forest Road 141 and smoke and fire will be visible to the public and may impact forest road access. For more information, visit the Gila National Forests website. 

Western New Mexico University’s Athletic Department recently announced the achievements and success of its student-athletes during the 2023-2024 academic year, with the team averaging a 3.5 GPA for the semester. From a total of 234 fall student-athletes, 77 made the President’s List and 51 made the Dean’s List with a grand total of 128 students earning academic success in the fall semester. For the spring semester, there were 196 student-athletes with 58 making the Presidents List and 54 making the Dean’s List, totaling 112 students who achieved academic excellence. 

Animas High School student Paige Evans and Deming High School student Ayshleen Lopez recently visited Washington D.C., courtesy of the Valley Telecom Group. Each spring, the group sponsors two students from their local service area to travel to Washington for their annual Washington Youth Tour, which is a four day event that brings students from rural areas together to tour the nation’s capital. Both students had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Capitol Building, where they met congressional representatives, visited the Federal Communications Commission, explored Mount Vernon and visited many other historic sites. The students concluded the tour with visits to the Martin Luther King Memorial and various sites at the National Mall.

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The New Mexico Industrial Development Association, the state’s economic development association, has announced the launch of the Economic Development Excellence Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate economic development projects and initiatives for their impact in creating a diverse and robust economy that engages local talent, cultivates innovation and delivers prosperity for New Mexicans. The awards will include seven categories, which are designed to recognize the impact of the work of economic development in local communities and the collaborative nature of economic development. Application deadline is July 22nd. If interested in applying and for more information, visit website.