The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District, has developed the Gila Lower Box Recreation Area Management Plan and Environmental Analysis to help improve recreational experiences in the Gila Lower Box Canyon area. The plan will guide future development and provide management direction for recreation resources within the Gila Lower Box Recreation Area, northwest of Lordsburg. A public in person engagement will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Commission Chambers. All community members are encouraged to attend.

Congratulations to the Silver High School Cross Country Boys and Girls team who became District 3 AAAA Champions at the 2023 District 3/4A Cross Country Championship this past weekend. A special congratulations to Nyssa Torres and Brock Anderson who both placed first place and won a championship plaque for best individual runner. 

The High Desert Humane Society Board of Directors President, Heidi Ogas, will be giving a presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City on November 12th at 10:00 a.m. Ms. Ogas has been with the Humane Society for 20 years and will be discussing the history of the Humane Society, what programs they have, the services they offer, the Grant County animal control ordinances and their hopes for the future. The presentation will take place at 3845 North Swan Street and is open to the public. 

During the Grant County Commission Work Session that took place in October, the Planning and Community Development Director announced two new projects that are being planned for the upcoming year. First project is the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) economic funding for mine and energy development communities, which is currently being reviewed. The funding will be used for the Grant County Conference Center computer lab, A/V equipment and for a public safety building acquisition. The second, is the DFA Regional Recreation Centers Quality of Life grant, which will be used for a small field turf replacement project. 

Last in our News: The Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Gila National Forest, is preparing to begin construction of improvements to New Mexico Highway 174 which provides access to the Catwalk National Recreation Trail. Construction activities will include repaving from milepost 0.75 to the Catwalk parking area with minor widening in some segments, replacement of the concrete low water crossing and elevation of the road just before the Catwalk parking lot and replacement and upgrade of drainage structures to accommodate post-wildfire runoff conditions. Construction will begin on November 17th and will continue through July 2024.