Aldo Leopold Charter School was recently recognized as a school of excellence by the New Mexico Vistas Excellence Designation, which provides designations of excellence in order to spotlight schools with excellent overall performance. The New Mexico Vistas school index was created to inform parents across the state about the performance of schools and school districts. Aldo Leopold was recognized for performing in the top ten percent of the New Mexico school index for their high attendance and graduation rates, college and career readiness, as well as academic proficiency and growth. 

The Village of Santa Clara will be having their annual “Lighted Christmas Parade” this Saturday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. The parade will start in Fort Bayard and travel down Fort Bayard Road in Santa Clara. After the parade, treats and pictures with Santa Claus will be available in the back of the Santa Clara City Hall. All are welcome to attend!

THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out and made the Pick It Up-Toss No Mas November “Trot for Trash” event such a huge success. There were 9 individuals and 2 teams that volunteered their time and efforts to help beautify the town. Over 460 pounds of trash and debris were collected in Silver City from the Big Ditch Park, Highway 180, San Vicente Creek, Market Street and 32nd Bypass Road. The winners of the most trash collected were Mayor Ken Ladner and team Bridge to Ridge. 

In Deming News: 

Congratulations to former Deming Wildcat wrestler Jesse Boggs for recently being inducted into the New Mexico Wrestling Hall of Fame. While at Deming High School, Jesse won four district titles and was the school’s lone three-time state champion in the heavyweight division from 2002-2005. After high school he wrestled for a couple more years at Dana College in Nebraska and eventually transferred to New Mexico Highlands University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English. Today, Jesse is a wrestling coach at Roswell High School where he is working on providing a wrestling program that has class, character and good sportsmanship. 

Two Red Mountain Middle School students, Destiny Ortega and Elizabeth Donaldson competed at the national level during the 96th annual Future Farmers of America National Convention and Expo and claimed top honors for their combined agriscience project. Both students were among 72,000 FFA members nationwide who competed on a national level for the advancement of agricultural sciences that could have a global impact. Destiny and Elizabeth were both selected as finalists for their science experiment that tested the bacterial growth of produce stored in a variety of ways, which won them the competition in their category and each were awarded a $500 scholarship. Congratulations to both ladies!