September is Back to School Month and The Commons is supporting all elementary schools in the Silver and Cobre Districts this school year. Each school will get the opportunity to choose a program that best meets the needs of their students. The programs that will be provided are Family Food Boxes, In School Pantry, District Pantry, Backpacks, Vouchers, School Farm Stands and School and Neighborhood Gardens. For more information or if you would like to donate to these programs, visit website

The Santa Clara Action Committee is looking for residents of Santa Clara who are interested in becoming members and helping out the community. Members of the committee volunteer their time to help plan events that will benefit the local economy and help provide social events for the Mining District. For those interested or wanting more information, contact the Santa Clara City Hall. 

The Black Mountain Lookout reported visible smoke on the Turkey Fire in the Pinos Altos Range on the edge of the Gila Wilderness, late Tuesday afternoon. With the recent rise in temperatures and drier conditions, the Turkey Fire is showing slow growth on the east side of the Goose Lake Area and producing smoke that is visible from Gila and Cliff. Today, fire personnel will staff Signal Peak Lookout and firefighters will access the area east of the Turkey Fire via utility vehicle to access fire behavior and check growth. With hunting season underway, the public is asked to take caution when going into the Goose Lake area. 

Congratulations to Deming youth Samarha Tindell, Bruno Chavez and La’Quincy Oliver who were the winners of the 2023 Luna County JJS photography contest. The contest consisted of three categories; Animals, Landscape and Historic Buildings and had a total of 37 entries. All three winners received a Canon 2000D bundle that included a tripod, extra lens and a filter to help the young photographers expand their skills. 

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is reminding all hunters who are 17 years of age or younger that they must obtain a hunter education number issued by New Mexico or possess a New Mexico mentor-youth number before purchasing a game-hunting license. The hunter education number will be valid for hunting all game species and the mentor-youth number will be for deer, pronghorn, turkey, javelina and small-game hunting. For more information, visit the website