The NMDOH and the Grant County Community Health Council are offering a special presentation by Dr. Joshua Whaley entitled “Grant County at a Glance,” which is a review of County specific data to outline health aspects of Grant County. This will be a hybrid data presentation at the County Commissioners Office in Silver City, on 1400 Highway 180 East on October 6th and October 13th, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The community is invited to attend one of these two dates.  This is the first step in developing a Community Health Improvement Plan called CHIP. This is a long term and structured effort to address local public health problems. Everyone is invited to join one of the two meetings, to join together and work toward addressing ways to improve the community’s health.  

Representatives from the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will host a PACT Act town hall meeting. The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics, also known as PACT Act of 2022, is a new law that increases VA health care and benefits for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. Even though the meeting will be held in Albuquerque, area residents may be interested in attending virtually. The meeting will be on October 6th from 10am to 12 noon, at the Albuquerque Bank of America Auditorium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 1701 4th Street SW, or virtually / online. Telephone the number 1 – 833 – 558 – 0712 to join the meeting virtually.

For our Luna County listeners…

Colores United will move into a new facility! Colores United was mentioned in a previous news issue as being an organization focused on serving the community and increasing the strength of the community. Colores United will move into a new facility and will celebrate opening day on Saturday, October 1st, from 11am to 2pm. The new community center, Centro de la Comunidad, is located at 820 East Spruce Street. 

A reminder that “Toss no Mas” will continue with “Let’s Clean Up!” Keep Luna County Beautiful clean up routes will be on NM 11 Columbus Highway mile markers 0 to 10, NM 549 mile markers 0 to 5 and NM 418 mile markers 0 to 13. Clean up will begin October 1st from 8am to 12 noon. Please, contact Nancy White to sign up at 575 – 543 – 6734.