Grant County had many infrastructure projects and improvements that took place in 2023, which are set to continue this year. Under direction of the Public Works Director, the third phase of a multi-year roadway and drainage improvement project on approximately 1,200 feet of roadway north of Chavez Lane on Little Walnut Road was completed. This includes the installation of new paving, curb and gutter, sidewalks on the west side of the road, drive-pads, ADA ramps at the intersections, signage and striping to include bike lanes. Little Walnut Road improvements on Jack Frost Drive as well as Construction on 32nd Street will continue and are set to be completed by the first quarter of this year.

During the NMC 2024 Legislative Conference, 11 New Mexico counties  including Grant, Hidalgo and Luna County, received a 2023 Risk Awareness Program Award (RAP). RAP is a workplace risk control educational program that aims to reduce the frequency of county claims through better risk awareness and safety practices. Grant County received its award for successfully completing year 5 of the RAP and for reducing law enforcement claims by 44 percent. Luna County was awarded for successfully completing year 15 of the program and for reducing workers’ compensation claims by 10 percent and Hidalgo County for completing year 9 of the program and for having no increase in law enforcement claims.  

Congratulations to Colin Casler and Xavier Khera of Silver City who were recently recognized and honored for their academic achievements at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Both students were able to earn a 3.4 GPA or higher during the 2023 fall semester, which earned them a spot on the Dean’s List. 

In Deming News: As part of the city-wide Multi-Use Paths Project, The City of Deming is set to begin construction of a new multi-use path on February 1st. Construction will take place on the east side of 8th Street, between West Buckeye Street and West Florida Street and is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks. There will be no lane closures but motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution to ensure safety of the construction crews. Those with questions or concerns are to contact Deming City Hall. 

Luna County now has “Luna County New Mexico Alert” for those interested in receiving notifications from the county and local government. This service offers community members notifications regarding emergencies, wildfires, law enforcement, severe weather, transportation disruptions and special event information. Luna County New Mexico Alert is free and completely confidential. Those interested in signing up are to visit website.