The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division announced that they will be awarding $1.7 million in Outdoor Equity Funds (OEF) in the Fiscal year 2024 to 16 counties in New Mexico that have programs that help get children outdoors. Grant County’s Earth Ways Inc., which is a community-tested way to get youth and teens to learn about ecosystems and rediscover their connections with nature, is set to receive $33,680 of those funds and the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, which promotes outdoor learning for youth by providing camping trips, a nature connection day camp and visits the Gila River, will receive $27,450. The OEF grant is meant to support programming that provides outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for New Mexico’s land, water and cultural heritage.

In honor of National Public Lands Day, The Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District, will be waiving entrance fees for visitors to its recreation sites tomorrow, September 23rd. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands that brings thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. Some of the fee-free recreation sites are Three Rivers Petroglyph, Aguirre Spring Recreation and Dripping Springs Natural Area. For more information on what sites will be fee-free, visit the website.

In Local News:

The Grant County Community Partnership for Children is launching a new network called “Homegrown Network for Childcare” (HGNC) specifically for Family Childcare Home providers. The HGNC network, which is set to launch in the upcoming months, will provide an opportunity for all those serving children from their homes to come together for conversation and training opportunities. For more information on HGNC, visit the website

Congratulations to Harrison Schmitt Elementary School teacher Chad Martin who was recently awarded the Council 8003 LULAC Educator of the Year Awards. Mr. Martin received two prestigious awards, as he was awarded the Educator of the Year Award at both the state and local level for his hard work and dedication to his students and for the profound impact he has made on education and the community. 

As part of the work on the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project, the City of Deming has announced that road construction has begun on Cedar Street. The work is anticipated to continue for the next 6 to 8 weeks and lane closures and delays are expected on the intersection of Country Club Road and Cedar Street. The entrance to the Inclusive Park and Inflatable Water Park on Cedar Street traveling eastbound will remain open, with one-lane access for park use only. For more information on the project, contact the City of Deming Community Services Department.