The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District is assessing conditions in preparation for burning the 2,010-acre Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire project, which is set to take place March 26th or the first week of April. The purpose of the project is to enhance wildlife habitat diversity using fire to create a mosaic burn pattern. Also, the use of prescribed fire in this area will reduce hazardous fuels and fire intensities if a wildfire were to occur, protecting private infrastructure in the wildland urban interface. Smoke may persist for several days following completion of ignitions and will be visible from U.S. Highway 180, New Mexico Highway 152, and the communities of Arenas Valley, Bayard, and Santa Clara.

The United Way of Southwest New Mexico will be having their “Mad City Money Reality Simulation” event tomorrow, March 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. at Cobre High School. This event will give youth the opportunity to take on the role of an adult and distinguish the difference between wants and needs. It will also give youth a taste of the real world complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan and credit card debt and medical insurance payments.

Due to the success of the College Culinary Club, The Commons: Center for Food Security and Sustainability in Silver City has started a “Community Culinary Club”. Similar to the college club, members will learn how to prepare and cook delicious and nutritious recipes that they can recreate at home and share with others. The Community Culinary Club is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about cooking. To learn more about days and times, visit website

In Deming News: In an effort to beautify the community and promote environmental stewardship, students from Deming High School JROTC and the Deming Wrestling Club joined forces with Keep Luna County Beautiful and the City of Deming to clean up the community this past weekend. Students, volunteers and parents cleaned up overgrown weeds and cattails at Trees Lake as well as trash along the multi-use path on Country Club Road along Cedar Street. The joint clean-up effort not only enhanced the artistic appeal of these public spaces but also served as a valuable educational opportunity for the participating students.

Compass Made is now accepting applications for their 2024 4-H Sponsorship program for the Deming Fair. Sponsorships are open to all Luna County 4-H members interested in showing rabbits, goats, lambs or pigs at this year’s Deming Fair. Applications must be turned in no later than April 8th and all applicants must be currently enrolled in Luna County 4-H. For more information and to pick up an application, visit the Luna County Extension Office.