The Big Ditch has new lights installed! Thanks to Freeport McMoRan Foundation for funding a grant in the amount of $29,000 for Big Ditch Lights. New efficient lights have been installed by the Town of Silver City, between Market Street and the Main Street Plaza on 7th Street. Many of the old lights were broken and more than 20 years old. The new LED lights are much like the lights on Bullard Street and will make the Big Ditch Park safer.

The Higher Education Department has awarded $110.5 million in faculty endowment funds for teacher education, nursing, and social work. The purpose of this endowment is to support faculty and improve the state’s indispensable workforce for many years to come. The application process was very competitive.  Education programs will receive $50 million, social work programs will receive $30.5 million and nurse education will receive $30 million. Among the 13 colleges and universities that were awarded in New Mexico, Western New Mexico University was among them. WNMU will receive $5 million to create three new faculty positions in support of implementing structured literacy and expanding teacher residency. The nursing program, $2 million for two new faculty positions that will focus on increasing student enrollment in the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The social work program, $6 million to hire four new full-time tenure track faculty to improve and expand the Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work programs.

The PFLAG meeting will be held October 4th at 6 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, at 3845 North Swan Street. Representatives of Q&A will be the featured speakers. The meeting will be indoors, the public is invited and asked to wear a mask.

For our Luna County listeners…

The WNMU Deming Campus is hosting a Career Cafe in Deming this evening from 4pm to 8pm. The career services of WNMU brings the Career Cafe to Deming, at 2300 East Pine. Rhonda McCall, Career Services Coordinator, will help you gain assistance with resumes, cover letters, internships and employment. Visit the Career Cafe this evening from 4pm to 8pm.