As September marks Suicide Prevention Month, it is important that New Mexicans familiarize themselves and are aware of the resources available to them. In New Mexico, there are many resources that exist for individuals who are struggling with thoughts of suicide and self-harm such as 988, the suicide and crisis lifeline and the New Mexico Crisis and Access line at 855-662-7474. The crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to those in need. To learn more go to website.

Western New Mexico University has created the “Presidential Leadership Award” which will recognize a staff member who best represents remarkable achievement, unwavering dedication and leadership and a commitment to excellence. Nominees for the award must meet the five criteria of Ambassadorship, Service to WNMU, Teamwork and Transformational Leadership. University staff, faculty, students and affiliates of WNMU as well as members of the community are welcome to submit nominations and employees of the university may nominate themselves. The nomination process will begin on Monday, September 11th and remain open for three weeks. For more information and to enter a nomination, visit the website

Congratulations to Grant County Investigator Lieutenant Jason Jordan who recently received the 2022 SAC HSI El Paso Exploitation Case of the Year award. Mr. Jordan was recognized for completing  a years-long sexual predator investigation which involved a juvenile female who was groomed and sexually assaulted over the years. The investigation resulted in the rescue of the female victim and the arrest of the child predator.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which helps children who have been abused and neglected, is in need of volunteers for their program in the Grant County area. The goal of CASA is to provide advocacy and support through the use of trained volunteers in order to ensure that abused and neglected children involved in the court system have a voice. For more information or if interested in becoming a volunteer, call  575-694-5721.

Luna County Parents and Teachers, The Arc of New Mexico and other non-profit organizations will be hosting a “Duchenne Awareness Day” to help bring awareness to Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy. This event will take place on September 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Deming Courthouse Park. All those attending are encouraged to wear red in support of muscular dystrophy.