Due to a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Gila Regional Medical Center has received a new 2021 F-550 ambulance. The new unit will provide patients throughout Grant County with better quality care and a more comfortable ride. In addition, the federal funding will purchase new heart monitors and other important equipment that allow EMT’s to serve the community.

PNM filed a case for “Grid Modernization” today with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. According to a news release, the filing is designed to advance customer needs by providing them with more control and convenience over their electricity usage. The proposed modernization includes the installation of smart meters that will offer the customer access to information on their energy use and the generation of power from solar units at homes and businesses. The new PNM meters will allow even faster responses to power outages and at times allowing power to be restored without sending a crew to the area.

The Gila Back Country Horsemen and other volunteers have made great strides with trail improvements on Rain Creek Trail #189 and drop-in to West Fork Mogollon. Funded by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and New Mexico Trails Plus grant, a map of the work is available to the public by visiting the U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest Facebook page.

Silver City Mainstreet has announced that the 32nd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Saturday, November 26th from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. in downtown Silver City. Applications for parade entries are now available online at silvercitymainstreet.com with a deadline of Monday, November 14th. The annual lighted parade featuring 3 competitive categories: commercial; non-profit/civic; and individual, is sponsored by the Silver Mainstreet project and the Town of Silver City. Awards will be given to first, second, and third place along with MainStreet gift certificates.