Here’s a look at some local news:

Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions for the month of October include the following: Hidalgo County had 4% unemployment, and Grant County had 4.4%. unemployed. Luna County remained the county with the highest unemployment in the state. Unemployment statewide was 4.8% in October – down slightly from September.

All nine of Grant County’s Volunteer Fire Departments the Grant County Fire Management Office collected amongst their membership to help provide Thanksgiving Meals to both families in their respective districts and the Silver City Gospel Mission. The fire departments that participated in the donation included: Cliff-Gila, Fort Bayard, Lower Mimbres, Pinos Altos, Santa Rita, Sapillo Creek, Tyrone, Upper Mimbres, and Whiskey Creek.

The Grant County Cooperative Extension Service has released result/impact studies regarding evaluations focused on services and programs they have offered in Grant County this year. The research included the following programs and services that were provided in Grant County: The Strong Women Strong Bones Program; Grant County Gardening Series Program; Workshops on How to Manage Chronic Illness; The 4-H Embryology Program; and a Healthy You Program. The studies show that the community service the Grant County Cooperative Extension Service provides is useful and achieves the necessary planned goals.

PNM is urging customers to practice preparedness before winter storms hit the state. Enhance your outage kit with winter items like rock salt, firewood or other heating fuels, snow removal tools, coats, hats, gloves and blankets. Your kit should already contain items like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, a first aid kit, a small radio, and batteries. Do not use your oven as a source of heat. If you have an emergency heating or power source, learn how to use it properly well before storm season. For additional safety tips, visit P N M dot come slash safety.