Many infrastructure projects were completed last year in Silver City, including the Indian Hills sewer extension project, which was funded entirely by grant funds from the New Mexico Office of Natural Resource Trustee. The project extended sewer service to 29 homes along both Cain and Arrowhead Drives, which will allow residents to abandon their septic systems and connect to new sewer lines. Also, utility staff completed the extension of approximately 3,200 feet of an eight-inch water line along Mountain View Road from Agave Street, which will help improve fire protection in the Mountain View area and will provide a second source of water for residents using domestic wells. 

Western New Mexico University’s School of Education is in its second year of offering the The Teacher Residency Program that allows students finishing their coursework to earn $35,000 for a two-semester guided apprenticeship in which they work alongside mentor educators. Students planning to teach at any grade level or in any subject and who plan to teach in New Mexico for at least three years after completion of the program are eligible to apply. Twenty-four student teachers completed the residency program and graduated in the spring of 2023 and are all currently working in New Mexico schools, with 21 of them in full-time teaching positions. This fall, fifteen students are enrolled in the program, with additional students starting this spring semester. 

Come celebrate the founding of Silver City during “Territorial Charter Day” this Saturday, February 10th. Territorial Charter Day celebrates the 146-year-old charter that incorporated Silver City as a town within New Mexico Territory. The celebration will include Mariachi music, Territorial Historic scenes performed by local performers and much more. These events will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Silco Theatre and are free of charge. 

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is inviting public land users to participate in their annual photo contest by submitting their favorite photographs of extraordinary finds located on public land. Entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, overall impact and the grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of BLM Las Cruces employees. The grand prize winner will receive a 2025 Las Cruces District Office Annual Pass valued at $30, which will allow the winner to visit and enjoy BLM’s Dripping Springs Natural Area, Aguirre Spring Campground and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. The contest is open now until September 1st. For more information on the contest rules and entry information, visit website.