The Silver City Food Co-op recently donated the August funds from their “Round Up Program” to the Aldo Leopold Charter School Art Program. The “Round Up Program” is a community donation program where customers can contribute the balance of their total purchase to the nearest dollar to donate to a local non-profit organization. The funds donated will be used to purchase more supplies for the art program so students can continue to create amazing art. 

Silver Consolidated Schools is planning on having “community sessions” to discuss the Facilities 5-year Master Plan, which is set to start this Spring. The sessions will focus on key aspects such as the needs of Jose Barrios Elementary, Cliff Schools and the Ben Altamirano Sports Complex. The Facilities Master Plan will help the school district identify areas of greatest need, manage resources effectively and will establish a long-term roadmap for improving school facilities. The sessions will be scheduled at various civic gatherings this fall and the community is encouraged to attend and share their thoughts and concerns. For more information on the upcoming sessions, contact the Silver Consolidated Schools Central Office. 

Community Partnership for Children, a Silver City non-profit organization dedicated to helping child development, recently created a Family Leadership Team to help advocate for children and families in the community. The team is composed of parents within the community that are working together to help create a positive, flourishing environment for children in Grant County. Since the Family Leadership Team started, they have developed an after-school program, a monthly newsletter and various projects and events for children and their families. To learn more about the organization or to become a member, visit the website

Hidalgo County graduates James Hurt, Leeora Jarvis, Erik Sanchez and Addy Offutt were recently awarded $750 Tobosa Belles scholarships for their hard work and dedication to the field of agriculture. These scholarships are available to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Hidalgo County and plans on furthering their education or pursuing a career in agriculture or in an agricultural related field of study. Congratulations to all four students!

As a reminder, The Gila National Forest is asking all neighboring residents around the Reserve Ranger District to be cautious of the materials that are being thrown in the slash pits. Recently, staff have noticed an increase of trash, used tires, roofing and other construction materials being burned, which creates health and safety hazards and violates air quality regulations. The slash pits are to be used for vegetative materials only so that the burning complies with New Mexico Air Quality regulations.