The Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District has resumed thinning with heavy machinery and chainsaws in the Little Walnut area. The project includes two units for mastication by heavy machinery in Unit 6 and Unit 4 in the Gomez Peak trailhead area, which may result in short term closures of the Continental Divide Trail north of Little Walnut Road. The project will help break up horizontal and vertical continuity of fuels and will reduce the opportunity for wildfire to climb from the ground into crowns of trees. This work continues the Joint Chiefs’ Bear Creek to Signal Peak Collaborative Restoration Project and is set to continue for the next couple of weeks. 

The Grant County Community Health Council and The Center for Health Innovation will be leading community focus groups for Silver City, Cliff and Gila residents as part of a community health needs and assets assessment. The goal is to encourage conversations about community needs and to get opinions about priority goals for services, resources and funding. The focus group for Silver City residents will take place tomorrow, November 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Grant County Veteran Memorial Business and Conference Center and Cliff and Gila residents will meet on November 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the HMS Gila Senior Center. For more information, visit the Grant County Community Health Council’s Facebook page.

Congratulations to the Silver High School Girls Varsity Volleyball team and the Boys Fighting Colts Football team for their wins over Chaparral and Aztec High School which qualified both teams to compete in the playoffs. The volleyball team will be competing tomorrow, November 16th against Albuquerque and the football team will be competing in the playoff semifinal game against Lovington on Saturday, November 18th. Good luck to both teams! 

In Deming News: 

The Deming First AG Church is inviting the public to their “Fall Fiesta” that will be taking place this evening, November 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They will be having free food, games, bounce houses, family photos and will be giving away prizes. The fiesta will take place at 601 South Gold Avenue and is open to all community members. 

The nonprofit organization, The Semilla Project is welcoming all community members interested in the outdoors to join them for a free hike to Spring Canyon. The hike will be taking place this Saturday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to noon and all those interested are to meet at the Spring Canyon Recreation Area in Deming by 7:45 a.m. For more information and to register, visit The Semilla’s Project Facebook page.