The Upper Gila Watershed Alliance is offering an overnight fun-filled camping adventure for children ages 13 to 18 years old. Participants will get the opportunity to connect with the outdoors through a variety of activities including fire by friction, basketry, knife skills, archery, hiking and much more. The camp will take place from July 15th to July 18th near the Gila Cliff Dwellings and Gila River. The camp is free but prior registration is required. For more information and to register, visit website.

Congratulations to Silver High School students Grace Montoya, Carolyn Coltrane and Mary Nichols who finished in the top percentile in their category at the 50th Annual National History Day competition. Their project, “The Accomplishments of Elizabeth Blackwell: Turning Points in Medical History,” showcased incredible dedication and research placing them in the top 10 of their category of more than 3,000 students. 

The Southwest Area Complex Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the Ridge Fire at 7:00 a.m. this morning, July 11th. Incident objectives include protecting values at risk while allowing fire to play its natural role in the Gila Wilderness. Crews are working to protect valuable resources in the area, including adjacent private lands, cultural and natural resources, threatened and endangered species, range improvements and watersheds. Expected benefits include reduction of hazardous fuels, encouraging native growth and improved watershed conditions, species diversity and wildlife habitat.

The Lordsburg Swimming Pool officially became the “Fred La Marca Lordsburg Municipal Swimming Pool” during a special dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting held last weekend by The Lordsburg Chamber of Commerce. New signage was installed and Lordsburg Mayor Glenda Greene read a proclamation recognizing Fred “Fast Freddie” La Marca’s 50 plus years of management at the local facility, with zero drownings. 

In New Mexico News:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing technical and financial assistance to help farmers and livestock producers across New Mexico recover from the recent wildfires and related heavy rain and flooding. Producers impacted by these natural disasters are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about the programs that are being offered to help assist in the recovery of crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages. For more information and to apply for assistance, visit website