Here’s some of today’s local news:

The City of Deming has announced that the water project at Voiers “Pit” Park should be completed by June. The park will feature a 20-million gallon lake using treated reclaimed water, funded by $675,000 from a Community Development Block Grant. Work on the project began in 2016 with the final goal of creating a unique attraction within proximity of Interstate 10 for area residents and visitors.

Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for hunting licenses from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Licenses for deer, elk, pronghorn, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, javelina, and Barbary sheep are available via online application before 5:00 P.M. tomorrow. Applicants can access or create accounts via the “Customer Login” link on the department website. In addition, from their account, applicants will select the “Draw Hunt Applications” in the main menu and then will be prompted the license and application choices. By phone, applicants without computer access can call toll free at 888-248-6866.

Local veterans gathered at the Silver City’s American Legion Post 18 last week to learn about the application process through Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico and El Paso. The organization is seeking veterans and accompanied guardians in addition to sponsor and donations for two trips to Washington D.C. this year. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Currently, the Las Cruces based hub of the organization is looking for “guardians” that will travel with disabled and elderly veterans and assist them with their needs.

The Gila National Forest has implemented a temporary closure order for the Catwalk National Recreation Area for public safety purposes.  The Glenwood Ranger District is visually monitoring the water flow and the USGS Current Conditions for Streamflow. The weather predictions for the upcoming week includes scattered showers and thunderstorms which could contribute to the snow pack melting and add more water to the streams. Once the Gila National Forest is assured that the Catwalk Recreation Area can be entered safely, the temporary closure will be lifted.