Here’s a look at some local news:

The Silver City Bealls store will be converting to “Gordmans” early next year. According to the Silver City Daily Press, Gordmans will feature “off price concept on popular name merchandise at the lowest possible prices compared to department stores.” Bealls is a part of Stage Stores, Inc. that manages many other stores under the names of Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage, and Gordmans stores all over the country.

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume on five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. According to a release from the U.S Forest Service Gila National Forest, earlier in September, USDA Forest Service received an order from the court stating that the agency’s “timber management” actions must cease on the six national forests pending formal consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. On October 21st, the plaintiff and the Forest Service submitted a stipulation to modify the injunction for certain activities. Activities to resume include the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, personal Christmas tree cutting, the cutting of personal use forest products, and the cutting of hazard trees that pose a risk to life or property. Certain projects entirely outside Mexican spotted owl protected activity centers, critical habitat and recovery habitat will resume, along with prescribed burning projects within certain limitations listed in the order. Certain commercial firewood gathering projects are also allowed to resume with restrictions, as specified in the court’s order in addition to personal use firewood cutting. Other timber management activities not listed in the court’s orders are still restricted.

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs is holding an Outreach Meeting this Friday, October 25th from 9:00 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post #18 located at 409 West College Street in Silver City. Joe Baca, the Department of Veterans Affairs Congressional Liaison will discuss the Mission Act. In addition, suicide prevention and healthy vet and health prevention disease coordinators will be on site to assist area veterans.