Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico and El Paso is finalizing the preparation for its 14th mission. Along with their guardians, 32 veterans will depart Thursday morning, September 29th to make this year’s trip to Washington D. C. Veterans will be escorted to visit memorials that were built to honor those who made the sacrifice to serve. Mission 14 will be the first flight since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Included in this mission are nine Korean War and 23 Vietnam War veterans and will be the first to not include a WWII veteran. Local veterans who will be attending include: Terry Ploeckelmann, a Navy Vietnam veteran from Mimbres and Ronald Wilson, an Air Force Vietnam veteran from Silver City. The public is invited to support and encourage as they leave the Las Cruces Memorial Medical Center annex at 2:30am and at the El Paso International Airport at 5:30am in the main lobby area.

The New Mexico Main Street Conference is underway! This program works all around New Mexico with local establishments to create an economical business environment while conserving cultural and historical reserves. This year’s conference provided some great tools to support this community’s marketing, planning, and sharing what the Main Street program does. More than $1 million was  invested into downtown projects, including building the Main Street Plaza and the attached Pocket Park, grants for businesses to create signage, lighting for the Big Ditch, and restoring the Silco Theater. The success of these projects are due in part to Charmeine Wait who was presented with “The Spirit of Main Street Award.”

The Gila National Forest Service is hiring students and recent graduates for three positions as part of a Forestry and Timber Career Opportunities. Applications are being accepted between September 19th and 28th. Interested applicants need to visit usa jobs dot gov for the application.

For our Hidalgo County listeners…

The recent Photography Contest, hosted by the Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce, winners are in! The categories were New Mexico, Wildlife, Landscape, Sunset, and Any Other. The winners include: NM First Place winner, Frank Acosta; Wildlife First place winner, Alyssa Esquivel; Landscape First place winner, Anadely Martinez; Sunset First place winner, Thomas Geaney; and for the “Any Other” category, First place winner was Megan Whipple.