In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest urges residents to be thinking about protecting their home and property from the next wildfire. The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has set up the “Ready, Set, Go!” program to help residents be ready with preparedness, set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to go, acting early when a wildfire starts. In addition, everyone is reminded of the importance of installing smoke alarms on every level of the home, to test batteries monthly, and replace batteries in battery powered and hard-wired smoke alarms once a year. The National Fire Prevention Association is celebrating their 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week with a campaign titled, “Fire Won’t Wait-Plan Your Escape.”  More information can be obtained by visiting


Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham released a statement yesterday regarding the 2022 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report that is issued annually by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation and Policy Center at NMSU. The report sited a 34 percent decrease in New Mexico’s teacher vacancy rate over the last year. According to the news release, the report accounts for “a drop in teacher vacancies from 1,048 in 2021 to 690, a 34 percent improvement in one year.


This Saturday, the Silver City Watershed Keepers are hosting another “Pick it Up and Toss No Mas Trash Bash Community Cleanup” from 9:00 A.M. to 12 noon starting at the parking lot in Gough Park. Volunteers are invited to pick up their trash bags, gloves, and snacks at 9:00 A.M. There will be free t-shirts and Einstein’s bagels while they last. For more information, visit online at