The Gila National Forest maintenance crew recently received a “Gold Star” for improvements made to the Gila National Forest regarding health, safety and accessibility. Since hiring two new Forest Maintenance Workers last June, crew members have made several repairs and upgrades to facilities all around the forest. Some of the work completed includes water line repairs at Quemado, roof leak repairs and installation of new cabinetry at the Wilderness District, electrical and well repairs at the Tanker Base, ceiling and sheetrock repair in tow housing units in Glenwood and the mentoring of Job Corps students through a complete remodel of housing units at Beaverhead Work center on the Black Range District. Forest Maintenance Workers will continue to make improvements to the Gila National Forest throughout the year.

Cobre High School will be having a 2024 FAFSA Workshop for students who need assistance completing college financial aid forms. Representatives from Western New Mexico University will be available to assist students and parents with any questions or concerns they may have regarding financial aid. Also, students who attend will be provided with a link for a Scholarship drawing of $500. The workshop will take place this evening, February 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Computer Lab at Cobre High School. 

The Grant County 4-H Club recently held their 2023 Awards Banquet where awards were presented to a variety of members for their hard work and dedication. Awards were given for Outstanding 4-H Club, which went to the Wranglers 4-H Club. The 2023 Friend of 4-H, which went to Eugene and Michelle Munoz, Grant County Outstanding Volunteer, went to Michael Meyer and Outstanding 4-H Club Leader, went to Ann Pavlackovich. During the banquet, they also held a candlelight ceremony to begin the installation of the new 2024 Council officers. For information on the Grant County 4-H Club, visit website

The Luna County 6th Judicial Adult Treatment Court was recently recognized by the Behavioral Department of the Administrative of the Courts for reaching Gold Status. This is an accomplishment that only occurs every three years and requires extensive policy writing and reviewing. Out of the 53 Drug Court programs, The Luna ATC was 1 of the 5 that reached this milestone. 

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Congratulations to 8th grade Dugan-Tarango Middle School student Daniel Dominguez who won the Hidalgo County District Spelling Bee Competition last month. Mr. Dominguez was one of six students to compete, winning the championship in the tenth round. Daniel will now go on to compete in the New Mexico Online State-Qualifying Bee in March. Good luck at state!