Here’s a look at some of today’s local news.

Area communities in Grant County will be receiving Colonias funding this year, a federal initiative that assists in paying for infrastructure improvements in communities that can’t afford the necessary expenses. New Mexico Colonias dollars can used toward water, wastewater, solid waste, drainage projects and roads in areas designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This year, Silver City, Bayard, Santa Clara, Tyrone, Rosedale and North Hurley will be receiving funding from the program.

Fire personnel from the Silver City Ranger District have been implementing the Cameron Creek Prescribed Fire north of Ft. Bayard this week.  The purpose of this broadcast burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improving watershed conditions. In additional news, the Gila National Forest, Wilderness Ranger District plans to conduct a broadcast burn beginning next week, conditions permitting.  The project is the Elks Pasture Unit, which is planned for 320 acres and is located south of NM Highway 35, west of Camp Thunderbird; west of the private land along Ponderosa Road, off Forest System Road 4085Q (Elk Pasture Road).

Grant County has issued an announcement of a public hearing on Monday June 10th at 10:00 A.M.  in the Grant County Commission Chambers for the purpose of reporting on past Community Development Block Grant Program activities and to receive public input on community development needs and suggestions for future projects. The Community Development Block Grant Program was established under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to assist communities in providing essential community facilities, providing decent housing for residents, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment.

The Deming–Luna County Chamber of Commerce “Best of Kingdom of the Sun” voting is now open through June 9th via Survey Monkey.  The five businesses which received the most nominations are competing for the awards. To vote, visit deming chamber dot com and click on the icon that will connect you to the survey monkey ballot.