Western New Mexico University will be in front of the lens this fall on the Amazon Prime series, “The College Tour” and is looking for students, alumni and faculty who are interested in being part of the show. Now in its 10th season, “The College Tour” is a TV series that tells the story of colleges and universities across the country. Those who are casted for the show, will get the opportunity to share their own stories and experiences at WNMU and will get the experience of working with a professional production crew. Filming will take place in November and all auditions must be submitted by September 17th. For more information and to submit an audition, go to the website

The High Desert Humane Society will be holding its monthly reduced rate rabies vaccination clinic tomorrow, September 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at 3050 South Cougar Way in Silver City. One year or three year rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs will be available. For more information contact the High Desert Humane Society. 

The New Mexico Tourism Department’s Clean and Beautiful Grant Program is setting a new record for program participants and allocated funds with 59 entries set to receive $906,958 in grant funding in the upcoming year. For the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024, 75% of the grant funding will go to rural communities such as The Town of Silver City who is set to receive $30,520, the Village of Santa Clara who will receive $7,000 and the City of Lordsburg will receive $9,205. Through the Clean and Beautiful Grant Program, communities have been able to enhance public space, support local wildlife and the ecosystem, reduce waste, beautify communities, empower youth and increase program capacity. 

Silver Consolidated Schools is announcing the start of the “Fox Field Track Resurfacing Project” that will begin on Tuesday, September 12th. Fox Field will undergo a resurfacing, which means the old track surface will be ripped out and replaced with a new, high-quality material, making it safer and more comfortable for all users. This initiative is a joint partnership with the Town of Silver City and is to help enhance the quality and safety of the facilities for students and the community at large. The track will be closed for access during the resurfacing, which is expected to take approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete. 

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced plans to request $30 million from the Legislature in the upcoming session to help construct an institute focused on improving literacy skills for New Mexicans of all ages. This announcement comes after preliminary data showed a 4.3% increase in reading proficiency for 3rd through 8th grade students. Governor Lujan Grisham’s strategy includes  making sure New Mexico colleges and universities are adequately trained in the science of reading to students in its education program and to help improve literacy outcomes in students by making sure teachers, students and parents are well-versed in Structured Literacy, also known as the “Science of Reading.”