Precipitation has fallen well below average causing high fire conditions across most of the Gila; therefore the Gila National Forest is reminding visitors to be careful with fire by extinguishing all campfires. Some fire safety tips recommended by the Gila National Forest Supervisor is to make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out, do not make a campfire in windy conditions and never leave your campfire unattended. For more information on fire safety tips, visit the website

During the Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Auxiliary team’s annual banquet and awards ceremony, 39 volunteers were recognized for dedicating 7,635 hours to the hospital this past year.  Congratulations to Anetta Pena and Emilie Roybal, who were named the volunteers with the most service hours in the past year, and Eileen Smith who is currently the holder of the most service hours over the course of her years as an Auxiliary member with a total of over 10,000 hours volunteered to GRMC support services. The GRMC Auxiliary team provides support services to patients, visitors, hospital staff and community members and has provided 10 scholarships in the last year to help support those who are pursuing degrees in the medical field. 

The Center for Health Innovation and the Grant County Community Health Council will be leading a community focus group for Bayard, Santa Clara and Hurley residents as part of a community health needs and assets assessment tomorrow, November 14th. The goal is to encourage conversations about community needs and services and to get opinions about priority goals for services, resources and funding. The focus group will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bayard Community Center. For more information, visit the Grant County Community Health Council’s Facebook page.

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, The Western New Mexico University Native American Student Alliance will be presenting “Navigating Native American Culture Today” on Wednesday, November 15th. They will have guest speakers Bill Bradford and Joe Saenz who are the Chiricahua Apache Nation Attorney General and Nation President and WNMU Faculty member, Dr. Perry James. The presentation will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the WNMU Miller Library. 

In Deming News: Deming High SkillsUSA has been working on expanding their program so that it can be accessible to all students at Deming High School and its sister high schools. SkillsUSA provides students with opportunities that prepare them for higher-paying jobs and career paths by building skills needed to succeed in particular industries and helps get them ready for the workforce after high school. Students who are interested in learning more about the program or becoming a member, are to visit website.