Interested in learning about climate change? The Western Institute of Lifelong Learning will be having Executive Director Allyson Siwik of the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) as guest speaker at their next “Lunch and Learn” presentation. Allyson will be speaking about climate change and the projects GRIP is planning on using to address the issues as well as the organization’s current projects to help build climate resilient communities in southwest New Mexico. The presentation will take place tomorrow, April 3rd from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the WNMU Besse-Forward Global Resource Center ABC Room. 

Congratulations to the La Plata Middle School 7th and 8th grade Boys and Girls track teams for taking 1st and 2nd place at the Hot Springs track meet that took place last weekend. The 7th grade girls and boys teams each earned 2nd place with the 8th grade girls team beating over 5 other schools to bring home first place. Great job to all the students. 

As a reminder, Freeport-McMoRan’s New Mexico operations is still offering scholarships to high school students residing in Grant County who are interested in attending New Mexico Tech’s Summer STEM program. The program will provide a five-day opportunity for participants to collaborate with fellow students, faculty and staff who share the same interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math. The scholarship will cover the full registration cost for students to participate in the program once accepted. Deadline to apply is April 30th. For more information on the requirements and to apply, visit website

Thanks to the funding from the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Grant, the Grant County Youth Murals Program has been working on beautifying parts of the county. Students from San Lorenzo, Cobre and Aldo Leopold YCC have been working on creating a mosaic mural at CP Anderson that includes flora and fauna and glazed background tile. The mural is in honor of the 100 year anniversary celebration of the Gila Wilderness Designation that will take place next month.

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The Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability in Silver City recognized Jane Medin for their “Volunteer Spotlight” for March. Jane was recognized for always being available and willing to donate her time to help with the Alimentos School Food Partnership box packs as well as not being afraid to help out with any new projects or ideas. Congratulations to Jane and thank you for all you do to help the community.