The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be having a public meeting to discuss improvements to Bear Canyon Dam on Bear Canyon Reservoir tomorrow, November 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The improvements have been deemed appropriate as the Office of the State Engineer, Dam Safety Bureau identified Bear Canyon Dam as having inadequate spillway capacity. To address these issues, the department proposes to armor the dam embankment with roller-compacted concrete to protect the embankment and act as an auxiliary spillway. The project will start in 2024 and will take approximately nine months to complete and may include some seasonal closures as well as road delays along Highway 35. The meeting will take place at the Cooperative Extension Office in Silver City and the public is encouraged to attend. 

The Gila National Forest- Wilderness Ranger District is planning to conduct multiple prescribed fires which will begin on December 4th and will continue for about 2 weeks as conditions allow. Past and ongoing hazardous fuels thinning projects and timber sales have resulted in piled and scattered slash that will be burned to further reduce hazardous fuels. Prescribed burning will occur in multiple locations including; the Upper Terry Canyon area between Forest Road 150 and 4079P, Gattons Park area along the south side of the New Mexico Highway 35 and around Lake Roberts. Areas will be signed and posted for public awareness. For more information, visit the website

To help deal with the additional stress the holiday season may bring, Silver Consolidated Schools is offering “Parent Coaching” a resource that connects parents with a parenting coach who offers guidance and support. Parent Coaching offers weekly calls, 24/7 texting, guided, step-by step resources and tools and tips to help parents deal with difficult and stressful situations. This resource is free and completely confidential. To access the “Parent Coaching” resource, visit the Silver Consolidated School Facebook page.

A BIG Congratulations to all the winners of the 33rd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade that took place this past weekend in Silver City. The winners for Non-Profit/Civic went to 1st place: El Grito Early Learning Center, 2nd place: Silver City Gospel Mission and 3rd place: The Gila National Forest. Best Commercial floats went to 1st place: Ace Hardware, 2nd place: Freeport-McMoRan, 3rd place: Buddy’s Home Furnishings and First New Mexico Bank. Best Individual went to 1st place: Silver City Jeepers and 2nd place: Remembrance Walk for the Heroes. The Silver City MainStreet Project/Arts and Cultural District would like to thank everyone who participated and made the parade a huge success.

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The City of Deming is announcing the beginning of the “Streetlight Replacement Project”, which started today, November 27th and is expected to continue for the next couple of weeks. The project will replace outdated lamp heads with advanced LED efficient technology. Also, lighting will be added to areas that are found to have inadequate lighting. This project will be ongoing and updates will be provided as the project progresses. For more information about the project, contact the City of Deming.