The Silver City Youth Murals Program has been hard at work this summer to help beautify Grant County. Students from Aldo Leopold, Cobre High School, San Lorenzo Elementary and Youth Mural Program alumni have worked on touching up surfaces and creating murals at CP Anderson, Aldo Leopold Picnic Area and Vista, downtown Silver City and the Western New Mexico University Child Development Center. Students are currently working on restoring the murals at the Silver City Municipal Pool. 

The Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) has officially kicked off the Rural Southwest New Mexico Integrated Urban Forestry Project alongside Western New Mexico University. WNMU along with GRIP received a $5 million grant to complete the five year project, which is funded by the USDA and the Forestry Service to help focus on tree equity and tree planting in Silver City, Bayard, Hurley, Santa Clara, Lordsburg and Deming. The goal is to provide planning, logistics and planting assistance to improve the health of community trees. 

The Hidalgo County Health Council will be providing a free Youth Mental Health First Aid training course on June 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Commission Chambers. The class is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people and introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. For more information and to register, call 575-597-0350.

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PNM is warning customers throughout New Mexico to be on the lookout for phone scams as the weather heats up. PNM has received reports that scammers are adding a false PNM caller ID and 505 area codes to get customers to answer, deceiving customers into thinking it is a legitimate call from PNM. The scammers are claiming to be with PNM and state that you are behind on your bill and threaten to disconnect your electricity unless you pay immediately with a prepaid card or electronic bank transfer. If you suspect you are being called by a scammer, hang up and contact PNM directly at 1-888-342-5766.