The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, also known as (MFA) Board of Directors recently awarded $500,000 to the Town of Silver City’s Vista de Plata Affordable Workforce Housing Subdivision as part of MFA’s Housing Innovation Program. The Vista de Plata subdivision provides affordable workforce housing in Silver City to help community members  become homeowners. With the funds, the subdivision will start Phase 3 of the project, covering infrastructure costs, including drainage, grading and secondary conduit installation.  

Communities across Southern New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Deming and Silver City, have come together to present the 2024 Scenic Southern New Mexico Social Media Photo Contest showcasing “The Real New Mexico”. The contest encourages visitors to take photos and experience any of the outdoor trails, national monuments, state parks, businesses and attractions in participating communities for a chance to win a variety of prize packages. The contest starts today and will run until February 29th and will have both weekly prizes and a grand prize package. For more information on the contest, go to website.  

The Gila National Forest is strongly advising the public to avoid ice fishing or going on the ice at Quemado Lake. Recent warming weather has created dangerously thin ice on the lake, threatening the safety of anyone walking on it. At this time there is no closure in place but extreme caution is suggested to those who decide to visit the lake.

The Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability in Silver City has Folk Music and a potluck dinner for all to enjoy every 3rd Sunday of the month. Music is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the potluck taking place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend. 

In Lordsburg News:

The first ever “Hidalgo County Day” was held last week at the New Mexico’s Capital in Santa Fe. Representatives from Hidalgo County, City of Lordsburg, Animas Public Schools, Lordsburg Economic Advancement Project and Spirit of Hidalgo came together to advocate for the community. Issues such as funding and the mandated change for a 4-day school week to a 5-day school week were discussed with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s staff. Also, The “Hidalgo County Memorial” was read and adopted in both the House of Representatives and Senate, which will be given to Lordsburg City Council, the Village of Virden Council and Hidalgo County Commission.