Grant County is wanting to let the community know that they will begin construction on Truck Bypass Road starting Monday, September 18th for approximately 100 working days. Construction includes reconstructing of an existing culvert and roadway and drainage improvements. The road will be closed to thru traffic and reduced to residential traffic only and residents must either use Highway 90 or Highway 180 for ingress and egress. 

Jose Barrios Elementary School recently teamed up with The Upper Gila Watershed Alliance’s “New Earth Project” for a learning journey into the world of vermiculture and composting. Students were able to dive into worm anatomy and received their own worm boxes, which will contribute to the New Earth Project’s composting initiatives, turning Jose Barrios schools waste into valuable nutrients. New Earth volunteers will be joining the school for monthly hands-on activities to help deepen students’ understanding of sustainable living and to teach students the importance of being responsible stewards of the Earth. 

The Substance Prevention Network of Hidalgo County, the National Center for Frontier Communities and the Center for Health Innovation will be providing a “Youth and Mental Health” First-Aid training class on September 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the DWI Conference Center in Lordsburg. The class is free but registration is required by September 21st. For more information or to register, visit the Substance Prevention Network of Hidalgo County’s Facebook page. 

The New Mexico Public Education Department is offering the Educator Fellows New Mexico Program, which is a two-year fellowship program for individuals who are planning on becoming licensed educators. The program is designed to provide additional supplemental support to students and teachers in the classroom allowing for extra resources to better provide small group instruction. The Educator Fellows Program is ideal for individuals who enjoy interacting with youth in a school setting, enjoy working with diverse populations experiencing a range of social needs and are interested in gaining hands-on experiences in the classroom. To learn more about the program, visit their  website.

As a reminder, Supporting People In Need (SPIN), the non-profit organization in Silver City, is still in need of volunteers to help keep the program running. The program provides transitional and permanent supportive housing for the homeless that suffer from disabilities and people who are transitioning out of prison or rehab. Volunteers are needed to help provide peer support, wash blankets, cook meals and be mentors. If interested in volunteering and for more information, visit their website.