Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee(YCLC) will be awarding two Purina Mills scholarships and two YCLC scholarships during the 2023 Joint Stockmen’s Convention in December. The two Purina Mills scholarships will be awarded to a New Mexico senior, sophomore, junior or college freshman who is a member of the NMCGA, the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers Association or the child of an NMCGA member. The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee scholarships will go to one high school senior and one continuing college student. Applications are open now until November 3rd. For more information or to apply, visit the website

Western New Mexico University will be having a “Distinguished Speaker Series” tomorrow, September 19th featuring Monica Ortiz Uribe and Patricia Michaels. Ms. Ortiz is an independent reporter who specializes in the U.S./Mexico border and the American Southwest and writes about racial disparities and economic inequality. Ms. Michaels is a Fashion and Textile Designer who was awarded the “Arts and Design Award” by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian and works as an activist for organizations like Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, Community Against Violence and the American Indian College Fund. The series will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Light Hall Theater and is free and open to the public. 

During the recent Board of Commissioners meeting, two Grant County employees were recognized for their years of service and dedication to the county. Denisha Lucero was spotlighted for her 10 years of service to the Grant County Assessor’s office and Patricia Graziano was recognized for her 10 years of service as a driver for Corre Caminos. Congratulations to both ladies.

The Luna County Road Department will be having various intersections and roadway closures with detours starting today and are expected to last the rest of the year. Lane closures and delays are expected on McCan Road Southeast between Solana Road and Rockhound Road and will be occurring throughout the day. Alternate routes will be available for affected residents, businesses, public school busing routes and emergency services. 

As a reminder, The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District is assessing conditions in preparation for implementing the Jaybird, Mill and Pinos Altos Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed fire projects. In total, 195 acres will be burned to help reduce hazardous fuels loading and to protect adjacent communities. The Jaybird and Mill prescribed fire projects started September 1st and are expected to occur over separate 7-day periods during this month and February 2024 and the Pinos Altos WUI prescribed fire will begin in October.