The Gila National Forest will begin to offer permits for cutting Christmas trees at all forest offices beginning today, November 20th. Free permits are available for piñon pine trees and for fourth grade holders of the “Every Kid Outdoors Pass”(which can be obtained by visiting every kid outdoors dot gov). Christmas tree cutting is allowed from November 20th through December 31st and is prohibited in designated wilderness areas, riparian areas, or within 200 feet of paved roads or developed recreation sites. For more information on the guidelines for cutting a tree, call 575-388-8211.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office in collaboration with Mountain States Constructors, Inc. has begun roadway resurfacing and median paving along US 180. They will be resurfacing the median east of Silver City from milepost 117, west of Arenas Valley. Once completed, they will begin resurfacing the roadway through Bayard and will be making improvements to the sidewalk. Various daytime lane closures will be in place on both the eastbound and westbound lanes Monday through Friday and both projects are set to be completed by the end of November. 

The nonprofit organization, “The Commons” is looking for individuals interested in volunteering their time to help make a difference in the community. Those interested can volunteer in the food pantry by sorting, packing and distributing food, the garden by planting food and maintaining the orchard or by helping put fundraising events together to raise money for the organization. The Commons is the largest Food Pantry in New Mexico and provides not only food to Grant County residents but educational opportunities to youth as well.  For more information or if interested in volunteering, visit website or call 575-388-2988. 

The Silver Consolidated School District and The Commons are partnering together to provide Thanksgiving food boxes to those in need. They will be distributing the boxes tomorrow, November 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Silver Schools Administration Building at 2810 North Swan Street.

In Deming News: Four Luna County employees recently received service awards for their hard work and dedication to the county. Debra Seats and Maria Munoz were both recognized for their 5 years of service to the Information Technology Department and the “Parents As Teachers” program. Marty Crumely was honored for his 10 years of service as Luna County Sheriff and Aundrea Pena for her 10 years of service to the Detention Department. Congratulations to all four employees and thank you for your service to the community.