Here’s a look at some local news:

In a report issued by the New Mexico Workforce Connection, the September 2019 the monthly not seasonally unemployment data for local counties are as follows: Catron County at 5.0%; Grant County at 4.5%; and Luna County at 8.1%. The Luna County rate is down from the August rate of 8.7% but still has the highest unemployment rate of the state.

According to the Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District will be implementing winter operations at the Dipping Vat Campground this Saturday, October 26th. Water systems will be drained and turned off to avoid pipes freezing and breaking during the colder winter months. The Dipping Vat campground is located adjacent to the west side of Snow Lake and is approximately 52 miles southeast of Reserve via Forest Road 141. There is a $5 per vehicle, per site, per night fee. Fees can be paid at the self-pay station. Campgrounds on the Gila National Forest are first-come, first serve and have a 14 day stay limit. Gila National Forest officials remind visitors that weather and conditions can change suddenly in the high country and to be aware of potential hazards in campgrounds and on forest roads.

Last week, U.S Border Patrol Agents seized narcotics valued over $800,000 from a single vehicle at a checkpoint north of El Paso. The driver, a U.S. citizen, according to a report from the Deming Headlight, consented to a vehicle search whereby a canine indicated that there was a possible presence of narcotics on board. A further search found 17 bundles wrapped in clear cellophane and aluminum foil that contained over 25 pounds of methamphetamine. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol and the driver and drugs were turned over to the DEA.