Congratulations to the non-profit organization, High Desert Humane Society, who recently celebrated their 50th year anniversary. The non-profit organization was first incorporated in Grant County in 1973 and is mainly run by volunteers who have helped animals who are in need of care and shelter. The mission of the Humane Society is to promote and provide humane and ethical treatment of companion animals through facility care, adoption, community education and programs that address pet overpopulation. 

The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) is set to fund over $2.2 million to 25 counties and three Tribal Territories across the state to help expand the HOME Rehabilitation Program. Grant , Luna and Hidalgo County are set to receive $489,250 of those funds to help enable the rehabilitation of homes occupied by eligible low-income homeowners, ensuring that their homes meet safety and habitability standards and are brought up to code. The goal of the HOME program is to allow homeowners who might not be able to afford necessary repairs maintain a safe and healthy living environment. To learn more about the program and the qualifications needed to apply, visit the website.

The Silver City Police Department is announcing that they will be conducting destruction orders in their evidence vault within the next few months. If any individuals have property in the vault, they are to pick it up as soon as possible by contacting Detective Efran Canas at 575-956-1238. Any property that has been in the evidence vault for more than 6 months will be destroyed. 

The New Mexico Tourism Department’s Clean and Beautiful Grant Program is setting a new record for program participants and allocated funds with 59 entries set to receive $906,958 in grant funding in the upcoming year. For the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024, 75% of the grant funding will go to rural communities such as The Town of Silver City who is set to receive $30,520, the Village of Santa Clara who will receive $7,000 and Luna County who will receive $18,350. Through the Clean and Beautiful Grant Program, communities have been able to enhance public space, support local wildlife and the ecosystem, reduce waste, beautify communities, empower youth and increase program capacity. 

As a reminder, The New Mexico Department of Transportation is still completing chip seal on New Mexico 80 in Hidalgo County. Crews will continue to close NM 80 from NM 145 milepost 24 south to NM 9. A detour is in place on NM 338 I-10 or NM 9 milepost 14. Work on the project will be performed Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is expected to be completed by the end of the month. For more information on the road closures, visit the website.