Santa Clara, Bayard and Hurley will be having a Mining District  “Clean Up Battle” to see which town is the cleanest on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dumpsters will be placed in each town and garbage bags will be provided for citizens to use. For each trash bag filled, participants will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a one hundred dollar gift card. School classes, clubs, teams and all community members are encouraged to join the fun and help make their town beautiful. For more information and to sign up, contact your town’s City Hall. 

The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District is reminding visitors to please pack out their trash when visiting the forest. Bears have been spotted hanging out around Little Walnut and Gomez Peak picnic areas off of Little Walnut Road at the north end of Silver City, putting public safety at risk. The Gila National Forest provides bear-resistant trash receptacles at the Little Walnut and Gomez Peak picnic areas, and are emptied frequently; however, if the trash cans are full it is the visitor’s responsibility to pack their trash out. To learn more about how to keep bears alive and yourself safe when you encounter them visit, website.

Gila Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services recently received two new ambulances to enhance safety for patients and employees thanks to a $650,000 grant from the New Mexico EMS Fund Act. The funds were used to purchase two 2022 Ford 550 4×4 ambulances equipped with advanced medical equipment such as a stair chair, ventilator and gurney and a 2023 Ford Expedition to implement a new chase/field supervisor system with specialty equipment to address staffing needs.

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In response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government, the Social Security Agency has announced that they will be simplifying the disability evaluation process to help more people with disabilities receive government benefits and services. Under the final rule, which began June 22nd, the agency will only review five years of past work and will no longer consider past work that started and stopped in fewer than 30 calendar days. The new rule will make it easier for people applying for benefits by focusing on their most recent work activity while still providing enough information to continue making accurate determinations. The final rule is one of several updates Social Security is publishing to improve its disability program.