A new grant titled “Competitive Pay for Professionals” is available to childcare providers increasing wages for staff by $3 an hour has been introduced in New Mexico. The grant, initially funded with $77 million in American Rescue Act dollars, will provide support for childcare providers struggling to recruit and retain educators and will raise wages to $15 an hour for entry-level workers and $20 an hour for lead teachers. According to the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department, at least 16,000 childcare staff across the state will benefit from the pay raise with grant applications being accepted as of November 1st.

The Grant County Community Foundation announced that almost $200,000 in grants have been awarded through their 2002 grant cycle. Grantees include Future Forge in Silver City, Gila Valley Library in Gila, Deming Silver Linings, and Deming Animal Guardians in Luna County. In addition, the 30 Something Fund at Grant County Community Foundation, awarded three $30,000 grants early this summer to The Silco Theater, K U R U and Future Forge.

October brings many events and activities to the area including the following taking place this weekend:

Hidalgo Medical Services is offering a Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinic tomorrow from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in the Lordsburg and Silver City Main Clinic parking lot.

The Desert Springs Physical Therapy 2022 Gila Monster Gran Fondo cycling event is taking place tomorrow with three courses, two starting in Silver City and one starting at the Buckhorn. For more information go to tour of the gila dot com.


The Silver City Winefest will be held in Gough Park this Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00 P.M. Enjoy wine tasting, fresh food trucks and live music.