The Volunteer Center of Grant County will be having an “Open House” tomorrow, September 13th at The Commons. The open house will give the community the opportunity to see the new Volunteer Center online platform and for non-profits, schools, clubs and associations that use volunteers to sign-up for free services. This event will take place between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. 

The Gila National Forest is still seeing fires being left unattended and is asking all campers and those hiking through the area to please be cautious when building and extinguishing campfires. In the last few weeks, patrols have found a large amount of abandoned campfires that were left burning and not completely put out. Forest management is asking that campfires be completely extinguished, meaning they are cold to the touch with your bare hand, before leaving the area. 

The Silver Consolidated School District is hosting a “Mental Health Night” to help parents and guardians support their child’s mental health. The class will provide information on free e-courses, expert insights from parent guidance dot org and one-on-one parent coaching options and will also offer guidance on how to strengthen parenting skills. The class will take place tomorrow, September 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. via zoom. For more information or to register, visit the website

Congratulations to Chief Firefighter Jared Fralie who was recently spotlighted by the Animas Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Mr. Fralie started with the department as a Junior Firefighter at the age of 16 and was voted in as a full member at the age of 18. When he is not volunteering his time to the fire department, he is a full-time EMT-I with Hidalgo EMS. Mr. Fralie was recognized for his hard work and dedication and for his many years of service to the community.

The Silver City Public Library is offering a class to help teach participants the basic functionalities of a computer. Students will be taught how to use a mouse, keyboard, email, document creation, editing and other basic tasks. The class will take place on September 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free but prior registration is required. To register or for more information, contact the Silver City Public Library. 

As a reminder, The Department of Game and Fish will be conducting checkpoints throughout the state this hunting season to collect biological data and to detect wildlife law violations. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays. Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. To report a wildlife crime, please call Operation Game Thief toll free at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and earn cash rewards for information leading to charges being filed.