Congratulations to Peyton Waters and Ottorino Rosati who were selected as the Grant County Kiwanis Students of the Month. Peyton is a 7th grader at Cliff Middle School who was recognized for being an A and B honor roll student who is active in 4-H and FFA and for showing a strong work ethic. Ottorino is a 7th grader at La Plata Middle School who was selected by his teachers for his politeness, respectfulness and the positive attitude he brings to the classroom and for setting a good example for his peers. 

The U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service awarded The Western New Mexico University Division of External Affairs $5 million to implement a five-year Southwest New Mexico Regional Urban Forest Project.  The project will plan, design, plant and maintain a set of urban forests across southwest New Mexico and will help support expanded and ecologically sound urban forests in the communities of Silver City, Santa Clara, Bayard, Hurley, Deming and Lordsburg. WNMU will be working with the Gila Resources and Information Project (GRIP), along with other community organizations, to help provide ecologically appropriate urban forests that help boost economic development. 

New Mexico Clean and Beautiful youth interns Tylan Cantrell, Emily Cox and Sam Chavez worked on the Big Ditch Park beautification projects in Silver City this spring. All three interns worked on planting, watering, litter pickup, graffiti removal and also assisted Ronald Hartley of Enchanted Touch LLC with construction of additional rainwater catchment/erosion control features on one of the very steep slopes in the park. A big thank you to all three interns for their hard work building the park’s ecological resilience and making it a beautiful place for the community to enjoy.

Safer New Mexico Now and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is going to be having a “National Seat Check” free event on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m. Parents and guardians will be able to get their child’s car seat or booster seat inspected for any recalls, broken parts, improper installation and appropriateness for the child. This event will take place at the Deming Fire Department and is open to the public.

As a reminder, The Gila National Forest has released a new forest order that has changed the length of time for camping to no longer than 14 days in a consecutive 30-day period. The area includes all National Forest Service lands within the boundaries of the Gila National Forest and Apache National Forest. This new order is aimed to help provide for public health and safety and to mitigate impact on natural resources. For more information, visit website