A contractor has begun moving equipment into the Chloride Canyon area of the Black Range Ranger District west of Chloride, New Mexico. The route was damaged by flooding after the 2022 Black Fire and crews are now set to start reconstruction. Crews will work on repairing 12 miles of Forest Road 226 and 2 miles of the Black Hawk Gulch, along with cleaning out two dirt tanks. Work is expected to take place for the next 20 days.

Throughout the 2023 spring and summer months, the Silver City Police Chief and town administration focused on staffing, and hired new officers to enhance safety patrols throughout the community, and provide more service to residents. They also conducted a special operation in the Southeast area of Silver City, primarily in the Brewer Hill Neighborhood after citizens complained about various problems in the area. Five new undercover police cars are now being leased for use by the investigations division, and plans are underway to add 11 marked patrol cars to the patrol division to help reduce crime and protect town residents. 

During the recent Village of Santa Clara town meeting, an update was given on future and ongoing projects. The Bellm and Caddel Crossing project, which includes new sidewalks and water lines, is in its final stages and is set to be completed in April of May. Other projects being worked on are water system improvements, which have been completed and the remodel and renovation of Fort Bayard, which is waiting to be approved by legislation.

Are you a veteran who likes coffee and donuts? The American Legion Battan Post 4 in Deming provides free coffee and donuts for veterans and their guests every Monday and Wednesday. They are available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 619 West Spruce Street in Deming. 

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New Mexico Military Veterans, National Guard/Reserve, and active service members will be honored on Military & Veterans Day at the 2024 Legislature on Saturday, February 3, at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor New Mexico’s military community for their sacrifice and service for our country. Veterans, active service members, their families, and the public are invited to attend to learn more about New Mexico’s military community. This event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a ceremony starting at 12:00 p.m. at 411 South Capitol Street. For more information, visit the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Facebook page.